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Movie viewing & Discussion: The Genesis of Exodus


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Join us as we continue to explore the root causes of Central American migration. During the summer of 2014, more families from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador arrived in the United States than in any other year. Though most of these families were seeking protection, our government’s response was to engage in contracts with private prison companies and to increase the country’s family detention bed capacity from 85 to 4,000. The number of Central American asylum-seekers arriving in the U.S. decreased in 2015 but then rose again in 2016. Despite litigation and advocacy for better treatment in the U.S., our government still detains families, expedites their removals and often attempts, through legislation, to erode established basic humanitarian protections within law and policy. This treatment is justified in rhetoric that starts the stories of asylum-seekers at their arrival at the U.S border. The movie attempts to begin the story where it should begin. Not at the U.S. border but in homes, business, and schools in the Northern Triangle of Central America, where families and individuals try but find they cannot stay in the birthplace they know and love. Free. All are welcome. Please mark GOING if you are planning to attend.