International Day Of Migrants Celebration Takes Place Dec. 18

December 15, 2017
Downtown Austin Patch

"Hermanos en el Camino, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin Inside Amigos, The Foundation for Sustainability and Peacemaking in Mesoamerica, Austin Sanctuary Network & Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera will organize Dia Internacional del Migrante to celebrate immigrants in the greater Austin area, who migrated here in a variety of ways from many countries. The event will be held on International Migrants Day, Dec. 18 from 6 PM - 8 PM.

The event will feature guitarist Ángel Ibañez performing in between speeches and himself an immigrant of Mexico City. Speakers for the evening will include Sulma Franco, Activist and Organizer with Austin Sanctuary Network, who in 2014 took sanctuary at First Unitarian Universalist Church to prevent her deportation and who now holds a U.S. resident card. Additional speakers include, Chencho Alas, the Executive Director and Founder of the Foundation for Sustainability and Peacemaking in Mesoamerica; Banafsheh Madaninejad, Professor of Religious Studies at Southwester University; Deborah Alemu, an immigrant activist from Ethiopia/Sweden; Antonio Herrera, Director and Founder of El Centro Comunitario Monseñor Romero, and Edwin Murillo, Salvadoran activist for the TPS Campaign, Dallas; and Claudia Muños, Immigration Program Director for Grassroots Leadership."