Open Forum for “Mobilizing Resistance to White Nationalism”
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In conjunction with the States of Incarceration exhibit, Mobilizing Resistance Against White Nationalism is a public forum that seeks to provide concrete intersectional strategies and tactics for resistance to the threat to rescind DACA, and the increasingly robust efforts by the Trump administration to detain, deport and ban a wide variety of immigrants. The forum will also explore the administration’s policies and enforcement priorities as a symptom of the increasingly visible and influential white nationalist movement in the United States.
Marisol Conde- Hernandez, J.D. was the first openly undocumented college student in New Jersey, the co-founder of the NJ Dream Act Coalition. Upon receiving her Juris Doctorate from the Rutgers University-Newark Law School became the first openly undocumented immigrant from New Jersey to receive a law degree.
Rev. Moacir Weirich was born and grew up in Brazil, where he studied theology at the Escola Superior de Teolgia. He was ordained at Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil. He arrived in Newark, NJ in 1997 to serve together with his wife, Rev. Maristela Freiberg, a start a ministry of the ELCA. In 2009 St. Stephan’s Grace Community was organized and incorporated as a new congregation of the ELCA.
Sahar Aziz – Professor of Law and Chancellor’s Social Justice Scholar. Professor Aziz’s scholarship examines the intersections of national security, race, and civil rights with a focus on the adverse impact of national security laws and policies on racial, ethnic, and religious minorities in the U.S.
Giancarlo Tello – Originally from Peru, Giancarlo’s tireless advocacy led to the passage of a law that allowed New Jersey’s undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at state universities. Having navigated countless hurdles created by our broken immigration system to graduate from community college and Rutgers University-Newark, Giancarlo knows first-hand the obstacles to opportunity undocumented students face. His tireless advocacy as part of the Tuition Equity for Dreamers Coalition earned Giancarlo high-praise and much respect from the immigrant advocacy community.
Hourie Tafech made her way out of a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon to pursue an education in Malta. While in Malta on a student visa, Hourie also confronted the challenge of being a refugee and student in this European Union Member State. In response, Hourie co-founded Spark 15 to work with young refugees to facilitate their participation in society and become active members of the Maltese community. Spark 15 also promotes education on refugee issues within Malta.
Esder Chong is an undergraduate Honors College student at Rutgers University-Newark pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Public and Nonprofit Administration. Esder founded the student-led organization RU Dreamers to activate the voices of undocumented immigrants within the Rutgers Newark Campus.