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MCC Phoenix Event
People on the Move - March 9, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona
MCC works in communities around the world where people and families are forced to move away from their homes for a variety of reasons, be it war, economics, violence, or natural disaster. MCC also works to facilitate respectful dialog and to encourage collaborate partnerships to address the needs of those negatively impacted by the realities of migration. On Saturday, March 9, West Coast MCC is sponsoring an afternoon event at Trinity Mennonite Church to bring churches and community leaders together to learn and dialog about “People on the Move.” The event will highlight international, regional, and local issues. Subjects will include human trafficking; creating safe borders and communities; creative partnerships between churches, law enforcement, and business leaders; and global trends in migration.
1:30pm-3:30pm - Learning Labs
3:30pm-4:00pm - Break
4:00pm-5:00pm - Concert* and pie social
*featuring singer/songwriters Kim Thiessen and Darryl Neustaedter Barg
Learning Lab Options
Building Safe and Secure Communities: law enforcement, churches and business leaders are leading the way in transformation
Communities are at their strongest when people work together to solve problems and seek positive change. WCMCC has partnered with law enforcement, religious, civic, and business leaders to address local issues related to immigration, and to advocate collaboratively for policy changes. This workshop will tell stories from various partnerships and will suggest ways that other communities can join together to seek transformation.
Immigration Policy and Practice: inside understanding of how U.S. immigration policy actually works in real lives
The complexities of US immigration law present obstacles for those who advocate for immigration reform and for those who seek legal immigration status. This workshop will explore current immigration policies and their impact on local communities and families. It will also highlight WCMCC direct services work with individuals and families seeking paths to legal documentation, and efforts to educate churches and communities about the impact of policy on their situations.
Arizona and U.S. Border Realities
The U.S./Mexico border in Arizona is a microcosm of global immigration realities. This workshop will examine the challenges faced by communities along the border. It will also highlight the work of MCC and partner organizations to serve in the name of Christ and to encourage transformation along the border.
Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing illicit industries in the world. Victims of human trafficking are often enslaved and forced into extreme physical labor or prostitution. Many victims are around the world are children or immigrants. This workshop will explore the realities of human trafficking in the western US, particularly in Arizona. It will also suggest ways that individuals, churches, and communities can prevent human trafficking at a local level.
People on the Move: MCC's engagement in global migration
MCC works in communities around the world with people who are on the move. Some have been displaced from their homes because of violent conflict; others have moved because of natural disasters; still others are on the move seeking better economic realities for their families. This workshop will share stories of MCC’s global efforts to meet the needs of those on the move, including both short-term and long-term strategies.
Feature Film: A Better Life
The film A Better Life is the story of one immigrant family – a father and son – and their efforts to survive in Los Angeles. The film traces the challenges and successes they face as the father seeks to give his son better opportunities than he had earlier in life. It also highlights the precarious world of undocumented people living in the US. This inspiring film reflects the realities of many people living ‘on the move’ around the world.