ACTION: Night of 1,000 Conversations

Night of 1,000 Conversations

Join thousands of people across America for the Night of 1,000 Conversations. They are going to talk with friends, family, neighbors, and community members about how the government is moving away from American ideals of upholding human rights and civil liberties. They are going to talk about how Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policies impact their communities and what their communities can do to protect the people they care most about. Then, they are going to do something about it.

Here are some events open to the public that are happening around the country.

Tacoma, WA – September 20, 2008
11:00 am to 3:30 pm
Northwest Detention Center * 1623 East J Street

Hosted by OneAmerica, demonstrators will be standing in solidarity with detainees and families and friends of those impacted by inhumane conditions in the local immigration detention center. The goal is to provide both logistical support to loved ones about the detention process and finding an attorney to represent them as well as moral support for the plight faced by these families. For more information, contact Shana Roth-Gormley at (206) 723-2203 x 205 or

Dearborn, MI – September 24, 2008
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Arab-American National Museum * 13624 Michigan Avenue

Join ACCESS on the “Night of 1,000 Conversations” for a FREE movie and dinner. ACCESS will screen the critically acclaimed film, The Visitor, followed by Iftar Dinner and discussion of the issues tackled in the film. For more information and to rsvp, contact Rachid Elabed at (734) 652-3303 or via email at

Seattle, WA – September 24, 2008
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
United Food and Commercial Workers * 5030 1st Ave South

Hosted by OneAmerica, community members will gather to hear from people who have been directly impacted by immigration raids, poor detention conditions and the deportation system. Participants will discuss how these policies affect the lives of those in the community and how they violate fundamental human rights and due process protections guaranteed to all people in the U.S. For more information, contact Shana Roth-Gormley at (206) 723-2203 x 205 or

Melrose Park, IL – September 24, 2008
7:00 pm
Mount Carmel Catholic Church & Broadview Detention Center

Join the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights for community conversations followed by a procession to the Broadview Detention Center for a candlelight vigil. For more information, contact Salvador Cervantes at or (312) 593-6411.

Los Angeles, CA – September 25, 2008
9:30 am
CARECEN Office * 7th and Hoover

Join Bernardina’s Foundation and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles for a Conversation on “Immigrants After 9/11: Perspectives from the Senior Community.” Elderly Immigrants often do not have a voice in the current debate on immigration, even as they are severely affected by it, and often have to care for children and relatives of those that have been ensnared by the DHS’s current enforcement campaign. This conversation will tackle immigration issues from the perspective of senior citizens and will attempt at a comparison of what it was to be an immigrant in the past, when America embraced its openness and welcoming tradition, and what immigrant life is at present, when many families are being separated by immigration raids, detention and deportation. For more information, please contact Jorge-Mario Cabrera at or Amadeo Hernandez at

Washington, DC – September 25, 2008
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
All Souls Unitarian Church * 1500 Harvard Street, NW

Hundreds of people from diverse immigrant communities will gather for a DC Metropolitan Area Night of 1,000 Conversations dinner, panel discussion and community conversations. Participants will start the evening with an iftar, the meal that Muslims have to break the sunrise to sundown fast during the holy month of Ramadan, followed by a panel of speakers sharing their experiences with DHS policies that are tearing apart their communities. Panelists include Laila Al-Arian, journalist and daughter of Palestinian American Professor and political prisoner Sami Al-Arian; Priya Murthy, Policy Director at South Asian Americans Leading Together; Fahed Al-Rawaf, Legal Advisor at American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee; and community members impacted by immigration raids. The panel will be moderated by Guy Djoken, President of the NAACP – Frederick County Branch. Participants will then engage one another in how to work across communities in search of solutions. For more information and to rsvp, contact Pabitra Benjamin at (202) 296-2300 x 130 or

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