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Unitarians Assemble in Spokane, Address Immigrant Prison System With Film Screening

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As part of the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly 2019 meeting taking place in Spokane, the Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of California and the Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries will host a screening of “Immigrant Prisons” at the Magic Lantern Theatre.

This screening will take place on Saturday, June 22, from 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m., and it is free and open to the public.

After the screening, the community will be invited to engage in dialogue and discussion about the realities of America’s immigrant prison system, and the role of faith in dismantling oppression, with local organizations that support detained immigrants and asylum seekers.

According to a press release about the event, “Most Americans are unaware of immigrant prisons, or of the conditions within these prisons. This documentary was made to address that issue.”

With the current surge of anti-immigrant rhetoric, stock in the prison industry is rising and more ICE agents are being hired to patrol communities and lock up immigrants. This means that more people are being detained every day and forced to live for days, weeks, or months in unsustainable conditions.

This film screening is an opportunity to begin discussions about immigration and the justice system.

The screening comes on the heels of a massive protest yesterday, where hundreds of Unitarians rallied in downtown Spokane to oppose a new jail.

For more information, email Tahil at tahil@bravenewfilms.org or Ranwa at ranwa@uujmca.org.

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Cassandra Benefield mostly goes by Cassy (pronounced like Cassie but spelled with a 'y'). She is a wife and mommy, who married at the age of 37 and had her baby girl just shy of 39. She has moved around all her life, first as an Army brat. She is a returned Peace Corps volunteer to Romania where she taught Conversational English, Modern Literature, Creative Writing, U.S. Culture, U.S. Geography, and U.S. History (the last two subjects she was so not qualified to teach!). She is a Journalism major from Cal Poly Technical University in San Luis Obispo, Calif. She finds much comfort in her Savior, Jesus Christ, and considers herself a Bible nerd who is prone to buy more theology books than she is ever able to read. Morro Bay, California, is her favorite place on earth ... with the exception of being in the center of God's will. From time to time, you will find her writing devotions on her blog underhisshadow.blogspot.com.

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