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Grassroots Leadership Training Weekend

12 Juni 2012 No Comment

Juni 12, 2012

Am vergangenen Wochenende (Juni 8 & 9th), MIRA cosponsored eine Basis Führungstraining Veranstaltung zusammen mit NDLON (National Day Arbeiter organisierendes Netzwerk), SEIRN (Southeast Immigrant Rights Network), und die Leadership Council über bürgerliche und Menschenrechte. Herum 30 Staats-und Regierungschefs aus Einwanderergruppen in Mittel-und Südost-Mississippi waren für diese Ausbildung vorhanden, Welches war in Spanisch und Englisch präsentiert. Freitagabend Ereignisse auf dem gemeinsamen Kampf, die von Afro-Amerikaner und Latinos geteilt wird hier im Staat konzentriert, and emphasized the importance of working together to achieve common goals.  Mississippi State Representative Percy Watson opened the evening with greetings and a discussion about the cultural exchange that his children (both fluent Spanish-speakers) enjoy as they travel abroad. Representatives from the Hattiesburg chapter of the NAACP, President Clarence Magee and Membership Chair Carrie Magee, spoke about the challenges their communities face regarding voting rights and voter registration.


A special hands-on activity Friday evening, conducted by lead MIRA organizer Kathy Sykes, invited attendees to join in creating a Timeline to chronicle their personal journeys to Mississippi. MIRA prepared an elongated banner style paper containing significant dates from Mississippi history  (discovery & founding, emancipation, Bürgerrechte, etc). Participants then marked pivotal events in their lives, or the life of their home state or country, that pushed them to emigrate or relocate to Mississippi.


Saturday was a full day of intensive training focused on equipping immigrant leaders to become apoint personfor their communitiesready to respond to issues and direct neighbors and friends in times of crisis.  Leaders learned techniques for planning and conducting meetings, and how to effectively target issues and achieve awinin the community.


Attendees also learned how to help their community members prepare for the possibility of being deported. Just as people often don’t know what to do (with belongings, pets, vehicles, housing) in the event of a natural disaster, many immigrants don’t have a deportation plan. Being unprepared for a major event like this often has tragic results, such losing custody of children. The grassroots leaders from this weekend’s event are now returning to their communities and helping their neighbors create plans that specify childcare and what to do with personal property.


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