From Shadow to Light

Immigrant Mass Incarceration and Civil Disobedience

with Dulce Guerrero, Cinthia Marroquin, Mohammad Abdollahi and Steve Pavey, Ph.D

As of late February 2013, the U.S Department of Homeland Security announced that 2,000 undocumented immigrants would be released from detention centers all across the country in response to sequester mandated budget cuts. However, this number pales in comparison to the number of undocumented immigrants in detention centers. On average, the Obama administration has spent $5 billion dollars a year detaining and deporting undocumented immigrants and since his election in 2008, about 1.4 million undocumented immigrants have been deported. Given the record number of undocumented immigrants in detention, many of whom are detained as families, while pregnant or serious ill, immigrants are now part of the prison industrial complex, of which the private prison industry and county jailers are reaping benefits.

Based on over two years of organizing and research with undocumented youth, Dulce Guerrero, Cinthia Marroquin, Mohammad Abdollahi, three undocumented activists and Broward Detention Center organizers along with Steve Pavey, Ph.D an applied anthropologist & missiologist will discuss their book Shadows then Light,which explores the meaning and practice of the diverse forms of civil disobedience, in the context of challenging the prison industrial complex. Through photographs, ethnographic data, poetry and essays, they offer a critique of a loveless American society that reduces human beings to corpses while they live. The question before us now, “Is another America possible?”



About the Speakers:

Dulce Guerrero is a 20-year old undocumented activists from Mableton, Georgia. She came to the U.S. at the age of 2 and became involved after her mother was arrested for driving without a licenses. Dulce is now an organizer with DreamActivist Georgia, she's helped stop the deportation of nearly 60 families and is works to empower her community to lose the fear.


Cinthia Marroquin is a 22-year old undocumented organizer from Raleigh, North Carolina. She came to the U.S. from Mexico at the age of 15. Cinthia had plans of returning to Mexico last year, however after meeting other immigrants she decided to stay and fight. Cinthia was arrested in December of 2012 asking Sen. Hagan from NC to stop the deportation of a local family. Cinthia is an organizer with the North Carolina Dream Team.


Mohammad Abdollahi is a 27 year old undocumented immigrant organizer from Ann Arbor, MI. Mo came to the U.S from Iran at the age of 3. As an undocumented and gay activist, Mohammad has been a key figure in the undocumented student movement since he began his participation in 2009. Mohammad has helped co-found the United We Dream Network, Dream Activist.org, the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, the Dream is Coming Project and has participated in helped organize several acts of civil disobedience throughout the country including the first undocumented student sit in at Senator McCain’s office in May 17th, 2010.


Steve Pavey is an applied anthropologist & missiologist engaged in activist scholarship as a Senior Research Scientist at the One Horizon Institute, Lexington, Kentucky. He utilizes collaborative and participatory research methods alongside activism with communities organizing for immigrant justice. He is a member of the steering committee for the Southeast Immigrant Rights Network, as well as close ally to the National Immigrant Youth Alliance.


Sponsors: Coalition for Interdisciplinary Research on Latino/a Issues, Border Collective Workshop, Students of Color in Public Policy, Coalition for Tuition Equality, Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop Rethinking Postcolonialism and Capitalism in Latin America


From Shadow to Light: Immigrant Mass Incarceration and Civil Disobedience (ANNENBERG AUDITORIUM)

Wednesday, April 10th 2013 at 7:30-9pm

735 S. State Street

Ann Arbor

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