Immigration rights forum scheduled this weekend

Immigration rights forum scheduled this weekend

A citywide forum this weekend aims to educate Madison immigrants about their constitutional rights.

Organizers are calling it a community gathering in support of residents who are “subject to deportation or discrimination.”

The three-segment forum is called “United We Stand: Know Your Rights.” The first segment will focus on immigrant rights and civil rights.

In the second panel, local politicians will discuss how they are supporting immigrant rights in the community.
District 17 Alder Samba Baldeh said he hopes the forum will send a bold message about unity.

“I hope everyone shows up at the forum so we can send a message to not only the Donald Trump administration but also to local politicians and leaders …that look, we are all in this together and we have to walk together to make sure that every resident in this city is safe, is happy and can pursue their dreams,” Baldeh said.

Counselors will be available to people who feel overwhelmed when they share their stories.

The forum will feature panelists from the American Civil Liberties Union, the NAACP, and the Dane County Sheriff’s Office.

The forum is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Monona Terrace Convention Center.

A second forum is scheduled for Feb. 21 at the downtown Madison Public Library.