For Immediate Release: December 5, 2012
What: Listening Project Report Release and Celebration
When: Thursday, December 6 — 6 p.m.
Where: Community Mennonite Church (70 South High Street)
Harrisonburg, VA — On Thursday, December 6, Virginia Organizing's Harrisonburg Chapter will celebrate the recent decision by the Rockingham Board of Supervisors to terminate the 287(g) agreement with Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) and release the results of the listening project that led to the victory.
"Various organizations and community members have been working on the listening project for nine months and tonight we are releasing the report and celebrating those voices that led to the Board of Supervisors decision to discontinue the 287(g) agreement," said Josh Diamond, a Virginia Organizing Chapter leader and the program coordinator at Wayside Center.
The listening project was a set of interviews conducted with immigrant community members in Rockingham to gauge perceptions of law enforcement and insight into the immigrant experience. Results have been compiled and were shared with the Board of Supervisors and Rockingham County Sheriff's Office.
Virginia Organizing was joined in the efforts to end 287(g) by the Wayside Center, DREAM Activists Virginia, and the Coalition of Salvadoran Paisanos United (COSPU). Copies of the report will be available for review and reproduction.
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Virginia Organizing is a statewide grassroots organization that brings people together to create a more just Virginia.