Breaking the Chains: LGBTQ+ Immigration Justice Campaigns

Breaking The Chains Symposium: A Critical Analysis of LGBTQ+ Justice. Campaigns
OPEN Community Forum and Reception
Wednesday, April 4
Marran Theater Lesley University
4:45pm -6:30pm: OPEN Community Forum
6:30pm -7:00pm Closing Reception

See below for event description:

In this non-traditional presentation, anthropologist Siobhan McGuirk will join local queer activist and community organizer Chord Sheriffe to discuss the various and multiple challenges facing LGBTQ+ immigrants of color in the United States today. Their conversation will focus on salient differences between how large NGOs and small grassroots organizations understand and frame these challenges in their campaigns. Drawing on their personal experiences and professional training, they will explore the potentials and limitations of dominant discourses around DACA, Dreamers, Sanctuary, asylum seekers, and immigration detention with regards to LGBTQ+ individuals. They will close the discussion by suggesting alternative approaches, and inviting audience members to share their own analyses of current, pressing, immigration debates. Cairo Mendes former lead organizer at Student Immigration Movement will join the discussion at the community forum on Lesley University campus in closing as we continue to frame the state of DACA, Dreamers and the overall pressing conditions that exist today for various immigrant communities. A reception will follow the forum.