UCIR’s Second Annual Encuentro: Living Without Borders / Viviendo Sin Fronteras

(LAS VEGAS – October 29, 2009) The United Coalition for Im/migrant Rights (UCIR) is proud to present the second annual UCIR Encuentro: Living Without Borders/Viviendo Sin Fronteras, November 6th-8th at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Living Without Borders / Viviendo Sin Fronteras is an annual gathering for networking, discussion, and activism which will bring together activists and community members for a weekend of workshops, presentations, keynote addresses, action and entertainment devoted to freedom and dignity for all immigrants and to organizing in our communities.

The vision of Living Without Borders / Viviendo Sin Fronteras is centered on the belief that social justice is not possible without engaging in a multidimensional struggle to eradicate all uneven power relationships and discriminatory forces in society — including the enforcement of national borders, the segregation of people based on arbitrary lines of political jurisdiction, and the construction of privilege for officially-recognized citizens over immigrants and migrants. We hope the encuentro will open up a space for discussion on the fundamentals of a borderless consciousness, and the application of these fundamentals through activism. We aim to create an encounter that will instill the spirit of grassroots organizing in hopes to awaken, inspire, and reinvigorate the activist within each of us.

This year’s theme is Building Autonomous Communities y Celebrando Cambio Social. There’ll be a keynote addresses by author Rinku Sen (The Accidental American: Immigration and Citizenship in the Age of Globalization), and by Hilda Garcia from La Mujer Obrera (an autonomous women’s community in El Paso, Texas). There’ll be workshops on immigration freedom, the criminalization of immigrants, the interconnection of struggles, community organizing, activist skill-shares, defending social justice through language, and more. There’ll be tabling space for participants to connect with artists and organizations in the community. There’ll be meals to share, with a free breakfast and lunch. And there’ll be cultura, entertainment, and engagement. A complete schedule of events and list of all speakers and topics are listed on www.livingwithoutborders.org.

A concert will also be held on campus at the end of day one of the encuentro to encourage attendees to meet and interact with each other and other fellow activists. The concert will feature live performances by a local band, Pan De Sal, from out of state, Fe and Earthstones.

The United Coalition for Im/migrant Rights is an alliance of several organizations and individuals seeking to advance and protect the civil and human rights of im/migrants. Their events hope to unite the community in eradicating all discriminatory forces in society and integrating the im/migrant community with the rest of society based on the principles of justice, freedom, and equality. They organize through community-based programs, community empowerment, political empowerment, research, public policy, and the egalitarian distribution of public services.

For more information about UCIR or the conference, please visit www.livingwithoutborders.org or contact Jasmine Rubalcava at (702) 409-4836 or rubalcavajasmine@yahoo.com.

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Where do I go from here?

You can check out the schedule for the 2009 encuentro.

You can find out more about the history of the encuentro and about its organizers, the United Coalition for Im/migrant Rights.

You can spread the word about this upcoming event to friends, family, fellow activists, or anyone in your social networks who you think would be interested.

Got questions? Concerns? Comments? Contact the organizers with any or all of the above.

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