Dear friends and colleagues,
I know that most, if not all, of you have seen the reports over the past couple of years about the detention centers along the southern border that have been warehousing thousands of migrant children.
Please join us on Saturday, January 4th. See details below. The Q&A will be with Margaret Seiler, who I met years ago at Grace Church-Brooklyn Heights. Margaret’s dad was an Episcopal priest and taught her well about justice work in the faith community!
She has worked closely with the people in the film, and with many other immigrants’ rights groups. If you have any questions, you can reply to me, write to Margaret firstname.lastname@example.org or write to email@example.com.
For those of you on Long Island, you can take the LIRR to either Penn Station or Atlantic Terminal, and easily catch a subway to downtown Brooklyn. If you want to drive, parking is a little tough, but there are metered spots as well as parking garages in the neighborhood. Please publicize this event in your houses of worship and throughout your communities!
The Rev. Marie A. Tatro
Vicar for Community Justice Ministry
Witness at Tornillo
2019 (NR), 62 min.
Carbon Trace Productions
Witness at Tornillo is about the act of individual protest by “witnessing” the cruelty of family separation and the imprisoning of migrant children. The film traces Brooklynite Josh Rubin's unlikely quest in 2018 to force the shut down of the infamous Tornillo, Texas “tent city” detention center, followed with the for-profit child prison in Homestead, Florida in 2019. Both facilities no longer hold children.
"Josh Rubin has earned a place in the immigration debate in this country. His relentless documentation of the detained migrant children will be an essential part of immigration reform and the need to establish a set of laws governing separated migrant children detained in facilities all across the US."--Judge Kathleen H. Olivares, retired Texas district court judge
Q&A after the film with Margaret Seiler, local activist who works with Rubin and others in the Brooklyn group Don't Separate Families.
For more information, write to:
Don't Separate Families is a working group in Brooklyn, NY promoting humane immigration policies
WITNESS AT TORNILLO screening, Sat., Jan. 4, 2020 at 3 pm at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity, Brooklyn Heights