FORBIDDEN: Undocumented & Queer in Rural America
Jun
24
11:00am11:00am

FORBIDDEN: Undocumented & Queer in Rural America

"FORBIDDEN: Undocumented & Queer in Rural America"
Comes to Kansas City for an Interactive Community Screening

 

A breakthrough film about immigration and LGBT rights which the Southern Poverty Law Center recently recognized with its first-ever Social Justice Award comes to Kansas City on Saturday, June 24 at 11:00am for a special screening event at the Tivoli Cinemas in Westport.  

 

FORBIDDEN is the powerful and inspiring story of Moises Serrano who was just a baby when his parents risked everything to flee Mexico and make the perilous journey across the desert in search of the American dream.  Growing up in rural North Carolina, Moises fell in love with a country that refused to recognize his full humanity - both as an undocumented immigrant and as a gay man. After 23 years growing up in the rural south where he is forbidden to live and love, Moises sees only one option — to fight for justice. 

 

The film follows Moises’ personal journey as an activist traveling across his home state as a voice for his community, all while trying to forge a path for his own future. FORBIDDEN powerfully illustrates the intersection of queer and immigrant issues and addresses the realities facing LGBTQ minorities who have grown up in the rural south surrounded by white faces and homophobic attitudes.

 

“Forbidden gives a powerful voice to undocumented immigrants and the LGBT community by showing in vivid detail the experiences of these communities,” said Lecia Brooks, SPLC outreach director. “Anybody who believes that immigration reform should simply be deporting people like Moises must watch this film to see the real lives and families affected by our nation’s immigration policies.

 

Moises Serrano will be appearing at this Kansas City screening via Skype to participate in live conversation with the audience. The event is co-presented by the Kansas/Missouri Dream Alliance as part of the OUT HERE NOW: The 2017 Kansas City LGBT Film Festival. The festival is co-sponsored by the Kansas City Human Rights Commission’s Gay & Lesbian Task Force.

 

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Mobilize Rally March! - Movilización Manifestación Marcha!
May
1
5:00pm 5:00pm

Mobilize Rally March! - Movilización Manifestación Marcha!

*Hosted by United We Stand KC Coalition*

Mobilize: 4pm
Rally: 5pm
March: 6pm

In the wake of Trump’s election there’s great peril and promise in America. In response to the attacks on democracy, equality, and justice for all a historic movement has arisen. We come together as one people to organize our strength in numbers and mobilize a mass action on May 1st and conference on May 5th – 7th under the banner, “United We Stand: From Resistance to Opposition to Political Power.” 

We know the divisions created by nativism, racism, Islamophobia, sexism, homophobia, and anti-Semitism destroy our democracy and divide the American people. They sap our ability to come together to win guarantees of living wages, healthcare, decent housing, quality education, voting rights, and the voices on our jobs that all Americans deserve. We further recognize that by coming together and overcoming these divisions, we can bring America closer to its promise of equality, freedom, and justice for all. 

We call for a mass action and conference that’ll bring together all of us who are under attack. We take this effort with one goal in mind: To form a united, organized, and sustained movement that can grow our numbers in the streets and translate it into an electoral movement at the ballot box that is capable of long-term social and political power.
 

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Lobby 101
Feb
25
9:30am 9:30am

Lobby 101

The Kansas Missouri Dream Alliance in collaboration with Missouri Immigrant & Refugee Advocates will be conducting a lobby training on February 25th to provide basic tools to individuals who are interested in speaking to their representatives in regards to the current atmosphere that is creating hate and fear among immigrant and refugee communities. 

This Training will lead up to a Missouri state-wide lobbying day in Jefferson City on March 7th, 2017 we’ll meet for carpool as we head to Jefferson City

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