As part of the National Immigrant Integration Conference in Seattle, WA, spend an evening with acclaimed film maker and Emmy-winning MacArthur “genius” fellow Stanley Nelson, who will share clips from his documentary “Freedom Riders,” an inspiring documentary of the more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives to end legal segregation in the Deep South. The Freedom Riders endured savage beatings and imprisonment to assert their humanity and to challenge the federal government to intervene on the side of justice. These individual acts of courage and sacrifice by ordinary people created the first unambiguous victory of the Civil Rights Movement and paved the way for a generation of change.
Today, our country desperately needs fresh energy from diverse people working together to enlarge social and economic justice. DREAM activists – undocumented young people who have been “coming out” by the hundreds – have been called the Freedom Riders of our day. Together with people of all ages and backgrounds, they are taking profound risks in standing up for immigrants and refugees as integral members of American society.
Please join us Tuesday, October 25th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Seattle Westin Grand Ballroom III for a rare and inspiring dialogue between veterans of the Freedom Rides and participants in today’s immigrant rights’ movement as they exchange stories and lessons.
Among them will be:
- Stanley Nelson, filmmaker and co-founder and Executive Director of Firelight Media. His films include Freedom Riders, Wounded Knee, Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple, and many more.
- Winners of the Freedom from Fear Award, including Elizabeth Ruiz, Rick Covington, Gaby Pacheco and Mark Massey
- Saket Soni, Executive Director of the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice
- Joan Singler, founder of Seattle CORE and co-author of Seattle in Black and White
- Eric Liu (facilitator), author, educator, civic entrepreneur and founder of the Guiding Lights Network