Artists for Pro-Immigrant Policy ask our supporters to WEAR ORANGE!: We want to show our solidarity with United We Dream (UWD) and all the immigrant community by wearing the color Orange at Mayor Turner’s community on Thursday, May 18th, 6pm, @ Tejano Center for Community Concerns (2950 Broadway, 77017).
Why WEAR ORANGE? Orange is the color of UWD. Wear whatever you like: scarfs, t-shirts, dresses, funny hats, wigs! We will have options for you to wear if you do not have orange: orange bandana swatches and orange wrist sweat bands. A sea of people wearing the same color will have a visual affect like watching fans at college football games! Come show your support this Thursday and let’s make a visual impact. WEAR ORANGE!
A new artists for Pro-Immigrant Action group, (formed from the “Arts Take Action Houston” Town Hall meeting at the Station Museum this past April 3rd) will convene on May 10, 6:30pm @ LOCCA. We will discuss Art/Artist strategies and tactics to support and coordination with pro-immigrant rights groups. All artists who are interested in serving as agents for “creative tension” to support pro-immigrant policies in Houston and to advocate for the de-criminalization of Houston’s undocumented communities are invited attend.
Where: LOCCA: Law Office Center for Citizenship and Art
7016 Canal Street, 77023 (in the East End neighborhood)
Date: Wednesday, May 10th, 6:30pm
On April 23rd I will be in Chicago to participate in a panel about the role of artists in the civic decision making process. Our moderator, Eric Leshinski, organized this panel to include Lynn Osgood, Ben Stone and Carrie Marie Schneider. I will present three example projects that demonstrate the positions artists can play: the commons - environmental strategies used by the ENGLISH KILLS PROJECT; private space - fixing a social art practice on a law office to establish LOCCA; and imaginary space - mapping a “gestalt” of the urban geography with the EAST END PLAN. Each are working outside the traditionally sanctioned methods for artists involved in the civic decision making process.
“What’s the Plan? Artists, Planners and New Models for Civic Decision-Making”
10:00am - 11:30am / Theatre Lecture Hall
This panel will explore the potential for a more inclusive approach to civic decision-making as it relates to artists and cultural policies. Working as artists, planners, and organizers, the panelists bring diverse perspectives to the topic formed from years of working on efforts to better integrate artists into the political frameworks that guide many of the decisions for how cities leverage the arts, allocate resources for the arts and otherwise attempt to shape the cultural landscape.
Open Engagement (OE) is an annual artist-led conference dedicated to expanding the dialogue around and creating a site of care for the field of socially engaged art. The conference highlights the work of transdisciplinary artists, activists, students, scholars, community members, and organizations working within the complex social issues and struggles of our time.
Open Engagement 2017 — JUSTICE will take place April 21–23, 2017 at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a constellation of sites across the city. This year’s conference, guided by the curatorial vision of Romi Crawford and Lisa Yun Lee, will feature presenters including Theaster Gates, Maria Gaspar, Maria Varela, Ai-jen Poo, Marisa Jahn and Laurie Jo Reynolds.
Tomorrow, Jan 14th, LOCCA will be participating with DACA youth, immigrant right groups, community members, people of faith, and labor advocates for a a National Day of Action to prevent the deportation of Houston immigrants by winning local policy changes for the City of Houston and Harris County, and by preserving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program; a program that currently protects more than 60,000 Houston immigrants and provides peace of mind and safety to families across the United States.
We will remind Mayor Sylvester Turner of his December 2016 commitment to implement policies that provide safety for Houston’s immigrant families. They will remind Sheriff Ed Gonzalez of his campaign promises to #end287g and Harris County’s unjust collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); and will re-emphasize the importance of DACA for our communities by amplifying the stories of DACAmented people and showing public support.
Come to MECA, (1900 Kane st. Houston, 77007) at 10:30am, Saturday, Jan 14th to join with immigrants and people of conscience to raise their voice to declare that they will stand in the way of deportations, racial profiling, criminalization, and hatred. #houstonishome #heretostay
“The Longoria Affair, The G.I. Forum and the Rise of the Mexican-American Civil Rights movement”
A screening of the documentary The Longoria Affair by director John Valadez and a discussion about the founding of the G.I. Forum and its historic place in the Mexican-American civil rights movement.
Afterwards a general audience discussion with hosts: Mikaela Selley, Dr. Pamela Quiroz, Veronica Bernal J.D., Henry G. Sanchez, and special guest Felix Salinas. ESQ., (attorney at law, former Executive Secretary of the G. I. Forum).
When: Thursday, Nov. 3rd, 6:30pm – 8pm
In collaboration with the Hispanic Collection & Oral History Archive, Houston Metropolitan Research Center and the Center for Mexican American Studies, University of Houston.
Our Panelists will address the struggles, concerns and issues of the undocumented community during election season. They will discuss what revolves around your vote and possible alternatives for civic participation, when you are unable to vote due to your immigration status.
“WHATS AT STAKE: Immigration, the National Election and Beyond"
Raul Alcaraz-Ochoa, (National Deportation Defense Organizer, United We Dream)
Oscar Hernandez, (DACA
Recipient and Lead Organizer for United We Dream)
Citilalli Alvarez Almedariz, (Houston Organizing Fellow for United We Dream)
Dr. Pamela Quiroz, Ph.D (Director, Center for Mexican American Studies, University of Houston)
Jeronimo Cortina, Ph.D (Associate Professor, University of Houston)
Moderator: Veronica Bernal, J.D., (Immigration Director at Carrigan, McClosky, Roberson LLP)
When: Oct. 27th – 6:30pm – 8pm
Where: L.O.C.C.A (Law Office Center for Citzenship and Art), 7016 Canal Street, Houston, Texas 77011
In collaboration with the Center for Mexican American Studies, University of Houston, Veronica Bernal and Mikaela Selley.