Immigrants Are Welcome Here! Stories of Struggle, Triumph and ResistanceThis week on Women's Magazine, after a week of historic protests around the country protesting the government's inhumane treatment of refugees from Latin America, we hear three stories about immigration:
"When we exercise our rights, we fight back." -Valerie Lapin, Film Director
In this segment we hear Valerie Lapin, director of the film, THE LONG RIDE, tell the story of the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride in 2003 which paved the way for the massive mobilizations of March - May 2006. Get MP3 to listen now. 18:00 min
"I have been making documentaries since my early twenties, but I’ve been an activist even longer. I participated in my first political action when I was 11-years old riding in a bike-a-thon through the smoggy streets of Los Angeles in support of extension of the Clean Air Act. I’ve worked on presidential campaigns and as a Capitol Hill Legislative Aide. I’ve sat-in hotel lobbies and in the street and gotten arrested standing up for workers rights. It is through this work that I am not only informed, but also inspired to make films." -Valerie Lapin, Film Director
Click here to listen to entire show. 59:50 min
Also on today's show:
Pacifica Social Justice and Faith in Action Bay Area Present:
The Long Ride/El Largo Viaje
by Pacifica Filmmaker Valerie Lapin
Saturday, July 21, 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. screening
Pacifica Community Center
540 Crespi Drive (at Highway 1)
The Long Ride is a timely documentary film about the historic 2003 Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride that sparked the birth of the new Civil Rights Movement for immigrant workers. Subtitles in English and Español.
The film will be followed by Q&A with Freedom Riders Anand Singh, President, UNITE HERE, local 2; Marta Donayre and Leslie Bulbuk, Co-founders of Love Sees No Borders, which advocates for keeping same sex couples facing deportation together; Norm Ten, President, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, SF Chapter; Doretha Fuller-Evans, member of A. Phillip Randolph Institute and Valerie Lapin, Film Director/Producer, Pacifica resident and PSJ member. Español interpretation provided.
Requested Donation $5-$15, No one turned away.
Sponsored by: Pacifica Social Justice, Faith in Action Bay Area, California Nurses Association, Jefferson Elementary Federation of Teachers AFT 3267, Pacifica Peace People, and the San Mateo Labor Council