2018 Open Borders Conference – 10/20/18

Join Free Migration Project this fall at the inaugural Open Borders Conference in the D.C. area.

Where: George Mason University Law School, Arlington, Virginia
When: Saturday, October 20, 2018
What: Keynote speakers Bryan Caplan and Lizbeth Mateo will be joined by activists, scholars, students, and organizers in a day-long dialogue on open borders.

Register Here – Space is limited!

Panelists will include:
Shikha Dalmia, Reason Foundation
Rev. Kaji Dousa, Park Avenue Christian Church of Manhattan
Sara Gozalo, New Sanctuary Coalition
Jamila Hammami, Social worker & organizer
Adriane Lopez, La ColectiVA
Ilya Somin, GMU Law
Balmore, Caravana Migrante 2018

Around the world, more people than ever before are being forced from their homelands by conflict or poverty. But when they seek safety and opportunity elsewhere, they are met with walls, armed guards, and detention centers. Anti-immigrant policies are being enacted throughout the Global North. In this environment, open borders may seem to be an impossible aspiration.

IMG_2486.jpgYet a simultaneous movement towards openness and liberty is growing, with activists fighting to #AbolishICE, grounding deportation flights, and using their bodies to obstruct the machinery of deportation. Faced with the overtly xenophobic policies gaining traction in many countries, more people are coming to question the utility and morality of the current closed-borders migration regime.

The one-day 2018 Open Borders Conference will be a space for activists, scholars, organizers, service providers, students, and members of the community to come together to learn what open borders might look like; why open borders would lead to dramatic increases in public safety, prosperity, and equality; and what it would mean to #AbolishICE.

Register here! (A $10 donation is requested to help cover food costs.)

Co-organizing this event with Free Migration Project is Fabio Rojas, Associate Professor of Sociology at Indiana University.

Free Migration Project advocates for recognition of migration as a basic human right, and we support the growing movement to abolish immigration enforcement and open the borders.

Event: How to Open Borders & Defeat Deportations – 9/23/17

Join us on Saturday, September 23, 2017, for our next event: How to Open Borders & Defeat Deportations.
Location: Van Pelt Library, University of Pennsylvania – 3420 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Register here.

Hear from experts. Learn how you can fight anti-immigrant policies.

Around the world, record numbers of people have been displaced by conflict and oppression. Anti-immigrant sentiment has fueled closed-borders policies. In the U.S., immigrant communities are under attack while the government further militarizes the border. The Trump administration is eliminating the DACA program, and it is uncertain whether a durable legislative solution for DACA beneficiaries will emerge. Yet public support for immigrants is also growing, and the public is more engaged with immigration policy than ever. Public opinion on immigration is fiercely divided, blocking legislative solutions.

In this volatile environment, what is the way forward for immigration policy? Can DACA be saved or replaced? What can you do to defend immigrant communities right now?

Learn from experts in immigration law, advocacy, and community organizing.
Join guided small-group workshops to learn how you can fight for immigrants.

Speakers/Workshop Leaders:

Jazmin Delgado, New Sanctuary Movement: Community organizing
Domenic Powell, Penn Law School: Communications and policy
Juliette Gomez, Law Office of Juliette E. Gomez: Immigration law
Erika Nunez, Juntos: Art and activism
Benjamin Miller, South Philly Barbacoa: Food activism

Sponsored by Free Migration Project and the Penn Philosophy Politics & Economics Program
Register here.