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基层领导培训周末

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六月 12, 2012

刚刚过去的这个周末 (六月 8 & 9日), 随着NDLON米拉共同举办的基层领导培训活动 (国庆劳动者组织网络), SEIRN (东南亚移民权利网络), 和“公民权利和人权理事会的领导. 周围 30 在中部和东南部密西西比移民社区内的领导人出席本次培训, 这是西班牙语和英语。共同奋斗,共享由非裔美国人和拉美裔在这里的状态集中在周五晚上事件, 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, 公民权, 等). 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, 住房) 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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