Women Immigrants Forum Coming to Coachella

Jan. 14, 2013 / By

Photo: Courtesy NEW AMERICA MEDIA

Photo: Courtesy NEW AMERICA MEDIA

By AURORA SALDIVAR/Coachella Unincorporated

COACHELLA, Calif. — New America Media is hosting a women and immigrants community roundtable, focusing on how immigration laws affect women – and the role of women leaders in fighting for fair treatment for their families.

The roundtable will take place Tuesday, January 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Bobby Duke Middle School, 85-358 Baghdad Ave.

An open discussion will follow a panel of five speakers to facilitate discussion of the scope and direction of current immigration policies.

“It is important that,as a community group, we come together and talk to send the message that now is the time to address immigration reform,” said Silvia Paz, district policy director for Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez and a speaker on Tuesday’s panel. “The time is critical. I hope that this is an open discussion that begins to document what needs to be addressed in our immigrant communities.”

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