For Immediate Release: July 9, 2013
What: 9500 Liberty screening and discussion
When: Wednesday, July 10 at 7 p.m.
Where: Central Rappahannock Regional Library (1201 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401)
Fredericksburg, Va.—Virginia Organizing, the Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Committee, Madre Tierra, and the Spanish Information Network of Virginia (SINOVA) will host a screening of the documentary,9500 Liberty at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library on Wednesday, July 10 at 7 p.m.
According to Pat Smith of the Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Committee, “The film is a kind of microcosm of the current immigration debate. It reveals the current rage and hysteria about the issue, but also the compassion and thoughtfulness of others trying to resolve political differences. Ultimately, it is the filmmaker’s philosophy of conflict resolution that offers the path toward resolving the immigration crisis as well as the strategy for political debate in general.”
Dawn Googe, a Virginia Organizing Mary Washington campus Chapter leader, said, “I think seeing this documentary is important because it shows you the real lives of immigrants.”
The goal of the event is to educate community members and discuss local legislation that legalized racial profiling and encourage people to take action in support of comprehensive immigration reform.
Madre Tierra, a human rights organization, got involved in the event in the interest of Latina women immigrants. Dilcia Molina, a representative for Madre Tierra, said, “Comprehensive and compassionate immigration reform is necessary, especially for women, children, and the LGBT immigrant community. Our organization is convinced that in addition to conditions of poverty, natural disasters, and the violence of organized crime in Latin America, being a woman or being homosexual is another condition that often fuels migration.”
Whatever the reasons for immigration, the organizations are seeking to promote just immigration reform that will provide a path to citizenship for the millions of undocumented people living and working in the U.S.
To interview a spokesperson for the event, please contact Amanda Pohl at 804-337-1912 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virginia Organizing is a non-partisan statewide grassroots organization that brings people together to create a more just Virginia.