Speaking Engagement on the Olympic Peninsula

Students speaking in Port Angeles

Students speaking at Peninsula College

Last week we headed to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula to do four paid speaking engagements, tour Peninsula College in Port Angeles, and visit high school students and community members in Forks.We met so many interesting people and we feel energized to begin work on several new project ideas. This trip taught us that we need to do more research to educate ourselves better about current immigration issues.

Our public speaking skills continue to improve and we’re looking forward to doing more trips of this kind in the future. If you know of a group, school, or community that would like to engage in a discussion about the themes discussed in our book and documentary, please let us know!

18498 97 96 95 94 92 91 9With Forks Students PenCollege President Maria & Jan 2

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Kath on February 22, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    I attended your video and discussion at Peninsula College in Port Angeles it was very informative. Thank You for sharing your personal stories to help me understand these issues. I would like to know how I can make a contribution to your scholarship fund.


  2. These students represent the voices of many migrant youth who we may never know. They are witnesses for social justice and change. They are the “dreamer generation” who will make a difference in the 21st century, because their voices represent the disenfranchised and marginalized minority youth who simply want to work towards a better future for all of us.

    They will look back at this time when their courageous testimonies made a difference in comprehensive immigration reform, and will tell their children of the struggles they overcame by speaking truth to the power. The truth is in their book, and the power is in their words. The power of their words will inevitably change discriminatory attitudes, racism, and immigration policies.

    Eventually, their dreams will come true because they dared to speak truth to those who had the power to write legislation that impacted their lives. They represent the best of our democratic ideals and traditions. Their testimonies are compelling evidence that our immigration policies need comprehensive reform.

    Salutos los sonadores,
    David Cowan


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