Racial Justice Book Discussion - The Undocumented Americans, by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

Start: Sunday, May 16, 2021 4:30 PM Pacific Daylight Time (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)

End: Sunday, May 16, 2021 6:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)

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Join SURJ Marin facilitators to discuss The Undocumented Americans, by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio.

May 16, 4:30-6:00 pm PST

Writer Karla Cornejo Villavicencio was on DACA when she decided to write about being undocumented for the first time using her own name. It was right after the election of 2016, the day she realized the story she’d tried to steer clear of was the only one she wanted to tell. So she wrote her immigration lawyer’s phone number on her hand in Sharpie and embarked on a trip across the country to tell the stories of her fellow undocumented immigrants—and to find the hidden key to her own.

Looking beyond the flashpoints of the border or the activism of the DREAMers, Cornejo Villavicencio explores the lives of the undocumented—and the mysteries of her own life. She finds the singular, effervescent characters across the nation often reduced in the media to political pawns or nameless laborers. The stories she tells are not deferential or naively inspirational but show the love, magic, heartbreak, insanity, and vulgarity that infuse the day-to-day lives of her subjects.

This workshop is intended primarily for the education of white people. We welcome all who want to help move white people along in the movement for racial justice.

This event will not be recorded.

You can get this book at your local library, or if purchasing, we recommend a local bookseller such as https://www.bookpassage.com/ or online at https://ashaybythebay.com/ in support of a Black-owned bookstore.

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