Virginia Organizing and Wayside Center Will Turn Listening Into Action By Gathering 300 Testimonies from Harrisonburg/Rockingham Area
HARRISONBURG– On Saturday, January 28, from 9:00am-1:00pm, dozens of local volunteers will learn to “listen” as part of the Rockingham County 287G Listening Project. Volunteers will meet at the Lucy Simms School at 9:00am to get trained on how to conduct interviews. At 1:00pm, they will disperse into the community to begin conducting interviews with local immigrants.
Who:Virginia Organizing and Wayside Center
What:Rockingham County 287g Listening Project Training
When:Saturday, January 28 from 9:00am-1:00pm (after 1:00p.m. participants will go into community to conduct interviews)
Where:Lucy Simms School, 620 Simms Ave. Harrisonburg, VA 22802
Details:The Listening Project is part of a five-month campaign opposing 287g— a contract between ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department. The controversial 287g program allows local and state police to carry out federal immigration enforcement. Across the country, this program has been decried as ineffective, racist, and detrimental to the relationship between immigrants and their local police.
Many local immigrants have felt profiled and unjustly pulled over (even detained and deported) as a result of this program. The Listening Project aims to collect their stories in order to fight the injustice of 287g.
Virginia Organizing is a statewide grassroots organization that brings people together to create a more just Virginia.