Human Rights Week features panel discussion of immigration and immigrant
rights in Iowa
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Week
at the University of Iowa, the Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC)
and the Latino Native American Cultural Center will present a panel discussion
and forum, "Immigration and Immigrant Rights in Iowa." The event
will be Tuesday, Jan. 20, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Grant Wood Room of
the Iowa Memorial Union.
Issues related to immigration and immigrants-legal and otherwise-have
been in the news with greater frequency during the past year, both locally
and nationally. This panel discussion will explore recent developments
in immigration issues in Iowa, particularly in Eastern Iowa and the Quad
Cities. Among those issues are Immigration and Naturalization Service
raids on area businesses, the use of traffic stops to check the immigration
status of Latinos, news media coverage of immigration issues, and other
such actions that contradict popular notions of Midwest hospitality.
"We must acknowledge the most recent undertones of racism, fear
and insensitivity displayed in our 'liberal' community," said WRAC
director Monique DiCarlo. "Community-building requires doing two
things. The first is providing and supporting opportunities to share information
about our diverse community. The second is promoting activism that holds
our community institutions accountable for valuing diversity within their
policies and practices."
Panelists for "Immigration and Immigrant Rights in Iowa" are:
Sandra Sanchez of the American Friends Service Committee in Des Moines;
Stella Schneckloth of Project NOW in Moline, Ill.; Maria Cano Bribriesco
of Bettendorf, attorney and UI law alumna; and Professor Barbara Schwartz
of the UI College of Law. Laurie Haag, program coordinator for the Women's
Center, and Julio Cesar Valdez, coordinator for the Latino Native American
Cultural Center, will moderate the panel.
"Immigration and Immigrant Rights in Iowa" is free and open
to the public. Anyone needing an accommodation in order to attend this
event should call (319) 335-1486.