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GRIID Winter 2019 Class: US Immigration Policy, History and an End to Border Imperialism

December 11, 2018

Immigration policy has been front and center with the current administration as it has been for many others over the past 150 years. One can hardly go a week without hearing about asylum seekers, ICE violence against immigrant families, private detention centers or the targeting of immigration justice activists by police.

Considering how much attention immigration policy is getting, we are offering an 8-week GRIID class, which will include the following themes; 1) a history of US immigration policy; 2) Facts vs Propaganda on US immigration and immigrants; 3) How US Foreign Policy is often the cause of immigration; and 4) Immigration Reform vs Immigrant Justice.

The class will use chapters from a variety of books, online resources and documentaries. GRIID will provide PDFs of all the book chapters we will use.

The class format includes readings for each week along with open and informal discussion during the 2 hour classes, which are facilitated by GRIID.

The class is designed for people who want to expand and challenge their understanding of US immigration policy and practice. The class is also designed for people who want to participate in immigrant justice and practice solidarity with the immigrant community.

GRIID is asking a suggested $25 for the 8 week class per person. However, the cost is negotiable and no one will be turned away based on contribution. Class size is limited to 15 people.

The class will be held on Monday evenings from 7pm – 9pm, beginning on Monday, January 28 and running through March 18. The class will be held at 940 Clancy Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

For more information about the class or to sign up, please contact Jeff Smith jsmith@griid.org.

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