Immigrant rights group plans events in Danbury & nation Oct.5

More than 130 events are planned nationwide Oct. 5 as part of the “Day of Dignity and Respect” for all immigrant families with the goal to continue to raise awareness and to urge Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

The Hispanic Center of Danbury and CT Students for a DREAM, as part of the Connecticut Immigrant Rights Alliance will be part of the event’s InsideOut Project, a national Public Art Project to raise awareness for Immigrant Rights.

The InsideOut Project will be on display in Danbury, Hartford, New Haven and Stamford. It’s a display of more than 180 portraits of immigrants and supporters, shown on 2 feet by three feet and three feet by five feet posters, as a way to retain the humanity often forgotten in the immigration debate.

The photos will be up for public viewing from  Oct 2 to Oct 5, culminating in a statewide press conference in New Haven on Oct 5th as part of the National Day of Dignity and Respect.

In Danbury, the portraits will be displayed at A Common Ground Community Arts & Dance Center on Crosby Street and at City Center Danbury on Main Street.

In Hartford, the portraits will be displayed out of Laetus Restaurant and in Stamford the portraits will be displayed at the Government Center.

In New Haven, portraits will be displayed at a couple of places like the People’s Art Collective and START Bank.
They will be displayed at the Junta for Progressive Action at 169 Grand Ave. in New Haven too where a kick-off event will be held at 12:30 p.m. with U. S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, New Haven Mayor John DeStefano as well as CT Immigrant Rights Alliance Members, Kim Wierzchowski, fiancé of Clayton Gordon who is currently detained and Adrian Jimenez-Martinez, who is currently in deportation proceedings.
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Eileen FitzGerald