Daily Buzz 3.9.2009

1) Pelosi asks to “end raids splitting immigrant families

2) “America’s loss will be the world’s gain” – the immigrant “brain drain”

3) Indian American, Vivek Kundra, is US “Technology Czar”

4) Dartmouth College becomes first Ivy League school to appoint an Asian-American dean – but not without an offensive email sent around by a student

5) Gandhi auction items sold for $1.8 million to Indian liquor and airline tycoon Vijay Mallya who will donate the items to the Indian government

Night of 1,000 Conversations is here!

Tonight, “conversations” (ie. gatherings of people that meet to share stories) are being held in communities across the country. SAALT is excited to be participating in one such conversation being held in Washington, DC. The ultimate goal of A Night of 1,000 Conversations is to get people talking about how government policies affect the everyday lives of Americans. The focus of the conversation tonight (at the All Souls Church, Unitarian near the Columbia Heights metro, for those of you in the DC area) is sharing the experiences of different immigrant communities around policies and issues like backlogs in the citizenship and naturalization process; inhumane detention and deportation procedures; home and workplace raids and more. SAALT is working with All Souls Unitarian Social Justice Ministries, American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, CASA de Maryland, Virginia New Majority and Rights Working Group to organize this conversation and we welcome anyone in the Washington, DC area to attend. The event goes from 6:30pm – 9:00pm and begins with iftar/dinner and includes a panel discussion with experts and affected community members followed by small group discussions. One of the featured panelists is journalist Laila Al-Arian, the author of Collateral Damage, who will discuss the detention of her father, Sami Al-Arian. If you would like to attend this event, please join us! The iftar and remarks will begin promptly at 6:30pm.

Map of location

Flyer for Night of 1,000 ConversationsTo learn more about Night of 1,000 Conversations, visit www.nightof1,000conversations.org 

 

. (This website also lists conversations happening in other locations around the country.)