Boulder County Commissioners Add Support to ’People’s Resolution for Immigration Reform
If you go
What: Women of Resolution
When: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday
Where: eTown Hall, 1535 Spruce St., Boulder
Cost: $25 to $50, plus service fees
Tickets: etown.org/events/women-of-resolution/ .
More info: Watch a live stream with Ingrid Encalada Latorre at Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, 5001 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder; or at Heart of Longmont United Methodist Church, 350 11th Ave., Longmont.
An immigration reform movement built around the stories of four women who have shielded themselves from federal authorities in Colorado churches will be in the spotlight this weekend in Boulder, with support from the Boulder County commissioners.
The county leaders on Thursday passed a resolution urging state and federal legislators to prioritize creating a path to U.S. citizenship for undocumented immigrants, mirroring the message a collage of storytelling, political statements and performance art intends to send Sunday from Boulder.
Four Democratic state legislators at an event at eTown Hall, titled “Women of Resolution,” will relay the stories of each immigrant woman’s time in sanctuary in hopes of garnering additional support for a call to action known as the “People’s Resolution.”
The resolution earned endorsements from nine elected officials in Boulder County and Denver before Boulder County Commissioners signed on Thursday, as well as dozens of faith-based organizations and nonprofits.
The resolution asks for a path to legal, permanent residency for all temporary protected status foreigners in the country, protection of foreign asylum seekers and a repeal of the federal Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, which bans undocumented immigrants who have overstayed their visas or crossed the border illegally from entering the U.S. again for either three or 10 years.
It was started on behalf of Ingrid Encalada Latorre , a Peruvian immigrant taking sanctuary at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder to resist a federal deportation order; Araceli Velasquez , a Salvadoran immigrant taking sanctuary at Park Hill United Methodist Church in Denver; Rosa Sabido , a Mexican immigrant who is taking sanctuary at Mancos United Methodist Church in Mancos, west of Durango; and Sandra Lopez , a Mexican immigrant who last month exited a 10-month sanctuary in a Carbondale church after learning she was not a priority of federal immigration officials.
State Reps. Jonathan Singer, Leslie Herod, Joe Salazar and Mike Foote will tell the women’s stories at Sunday’s event at eTown Hall.
“You have to support something like (The People’s Resolution) to make a change in Colorado. That way there won’t be more families separated. You have the voice to demand that Congress does their job at the national level,” Latorre stated in a news release from event organizer Motus Theater.
The Boulder County Commissioners’ resolution made reference to all of the women but Lopez, who will be at eTown Hall for the event Sunday to offer feedback on the show and sharing “why offering sanctuary is so crucial and how it helped her in her life,” said Laura Peniche, project manager for UndocuAmerica, a media series Motus is kicking off with “Women of Resolution.”
“I think it’s in keeping with where we’re going with equity and inclusion internally and externally, and as a logical extension of that, using these three women as an illustration of why we so desperately need the reform,” Commissioner Elise Jones said before commissioners passed the resolution.
The resolution claims more than 71,000 Colorado children who are U.S. citizens have undocumented parents.
“I’m not doing anything wrong. I don’t have a legal paper, but I don’t need a legal paper to stay with the kids. I’m a mother. I don’t need that,” Lopez stated in the Motus news release.
Also woven into the event will be a capella singing by University of Colorado ethnomusicology Ph.D. candidate Teresita Lozano and a performance by award-winning slam poet Dominique Christina.
“These women, despite their varying life stories and vast experiences, mirror an all-encompassing narrative that I inherited as a first-generation Mexican-American woman. I see the faces of my mother and grandmothers, aunts and great-grandmothers,” Lozano said.
The event can be seen in-person at eTown Hall with tickets that cost between $25 and $50, plus service fees, or for free at watch parties where it will be live-streamed. Area watch parties will be at Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, 5001 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder, andHeart of Longmont United Methodist Church, 350 11th Ave., Longmont. Latorre will be present at the Unitarian Universalist watch party.
Watch parties also are taking place at the Mancos and Denver churches where Sabidos and Velasquez, respectively, reside.
Faith-based organizations across the country are streaming the event, the Motus release stated.
“Whether or not someone has made a mistake in their past doesn’t change the fact that they’re still a human being, that we are still human beings who belong here in this country and who belong here with our families and our children,” Velasquez stated in the Motus release.
John Marinelli contributed to this report.
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