By Jon Sievert
Guest speaker Sandra Dunn analyzes the effects of current United States immigration and trade policies on people living on both sides of the US-Mexico border at this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service.
“Fear, Safety, and Love: Stories from Both Sides of the Border.”
By Sandra Dunn
Sun, Apr 16, 10:30am
Posada de Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15
Though the world still considers the US to be the land of immigrants that welcomes people from all nations, US history and immigration policy tell another story. Heightened tensions over immigration—locally, nationally, and internationally—reveal the troubled and disturbing relationship to immigrants and the struggle they face upon arriving in the US. Their hopes of achieving the “American Dream” are quickly dashed and replaced with a harsh socioeconomic ladder, senseless immigration laws, and fear fomented by racism, xenophobia, and the reality of anti-immigrant violence in many US towns. Myths and misinformation abound, and important parts of the immigrant story get left out of the narrative—namely, why immigrants set out on these dangerous, physically and mentally wrenching journeys.
In partnership with Witness for Peace, Dunn has coordinated delegations to Oaxaca of US-born residents who are focused on learning about the root causes of migration. She is a program director at the Hagedorn Foundation on Long Island, where she manages the grant making in the local immigration and civic engagement programs. From 2004–2016, she facilitated a Spanish-language memoir-writing workshop for Latina immigrants through Herstory Writers Workshop and in 2011 co-edited and co-translated Latinas Write/Escriben, a bilingual anthology of memoirs in progress written by women in Herstory’s Spanish-language workshops. Dunn holds a PhD in Spanish literature from Cornell University and has taught at Bennington College, Middlebury College, and Cornell.
The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at Posada de Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15 and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at uufsma.org.