Updates Bulletin

20th Anniversary Program Schedule

Date: September 12, 2018

The Falls Event Center

4105 W. Fig Garden Dr.

Fresno, CA 93722 EVENT


For more information please visit: https://afsc.org/pvi20yrs

Friday, October 26, 2018

Noon – 9:30 p.m. MULTIMEDIA EXHIBIT: Se Hace Camino al Andar/ We Make the Road by Walking Named in honor of a poem by Spanish writer Antonio Machado (1875-1939), “We Make the Road by Walking” represents how each person’s unique journey creates the road of life down which we walk. Through photos taken by well-known photographers that include David Bacon, Terry Foss (†), Eduardo Stanley, Tudor Stanley and Miguel Zafra, this multimedia exhibit narrates how the Pan Valley Institute has accompanied the Central Valley’s immigrants and refugees on their journeys for the past 20 years. It illustrates how these newcomers to a society that doesn’t always understand or accept them are able to navigate a new path towards improving their lives.

Noon – 2 p.m. CULTURAL KITCHEN Heirlooms: Meals & Stories that Nourish The cultural kitchen has long been a staple of PVI’s cultural organizing practices. It was started in 2000 by a group of Hmong, Latina and Indigenous Mexican women who believed a food exchange would enhance their efforts to reach a cultural understanding of commonalities and differences. Since then, we have celebrated numerous cultural kitchens, a practice that has served as an exercise to strengthen multiethnic relationships through the process of learning about their shared migration journeys. This particular cultural kitchen highlights the food of Syrian refugees who began arriving in Fresno in late 2016. We will present excerpts of the cookbook “Syrian Recipes from Home” by Nour Al Mshantaf. This event gives refugees recently arrived from the Arab world the opportunity to share their stories and allows observers to learn more about our Muslim and Middle Eastern neighbors. It also features Hmong, Zapoteco, Mixteco and other immigrant cuisines, highlighting the chefs and entrepreneurs that are emerging from these communities and helping to add new flavors to the Valley’s already rich cultural diversity.

3 – 5 p.m. PLATICAS: This round of platicas (community dialogues) is open to the public and provides space for engaging in dialogue about current affairs impacting immigrants, refugees and all people of color as a result of the negative rhetoric and criminalizing policies promoted by the current administration. Discussion topics will include:

Platica #1 A Gender Perspective on Leadership (Game Room) A candid and open dialogue that addresses the challenges women in leadership face due to the expectations society places on them because of their gender. Presenters: Lee Lor, Board of Supervisors, District 2, Merced; Oralia Maceda, Women’s Coordinator, Frente Indígena de Organizaciones Binacionales; Rosa Hernández, Owner and Founder, Colectivo Sabor a Mi Tierra

Platica #2 Protecting Love, Counteracting Hate (Main Hall/Photo Exhibit) Following the sentiment of “What affects you affects me,” participants will engage in an open dialogue about the current hate crime activity in their communities. They will share how they’re counteracting hate crimes in an effort to understand one another, stand in solidarity with their neighbors, and ultimately work together to protect love, compassion and respect for our differences. Facilitator: Sandy Close, Ethnic Media Service

Platica #3 An Interfaith Vision on Human Migration (Main Hall) The intention of this dialogue is to bring together diverse faith leaders in an effort to provide different lenses to the complexities of human migration from a faith-based perspective. Furthermore, we will explore how the faith-based and religious community should respond in the face of anti-migration policies impacting their members. Facilitator: Jim Grant, Director, Social Justice Ministry Presenters: Jeff Loven, The Bridge Church;

Platica #4 U.S. History of Exclusion (Photo Exhibit Room) This platica will provide spaces to share the immigration history of exclusion experienced by different communities in the Central Valley, including the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the Japanese internment camps during World War II, and the currently policies like the building of a wall and the Muslim ban. Facilitator: TBD Presenters: Vick White Yellow Hawk Native American:; Sundown Towns: TBD; Professor Franklin Ng Chinese Exclusion Act:; Japanese Internment Camps TBD Muslim Ban TBD Building of the Wall TBD

Noon – 9:30 p.m. SILENT AUCTION: An important part of our fundraising efforts, the silent auction features one-of-a- kind prints from the Pan Valley Institute’s private collection, along with other unique items donated by local artists, businesses and supporters. One of the most notable items up for bid is the 8x12 foot mural “Crack of Dawn,” a collaborative work by acclaimed author Tim Z. Hernandez and gifted muralist Ramiro Martinez. Commissioned by PVI for the Tamejavi Festival, “Crack of Dawn” depicts the reality of immigrants in contemporary North America through symbolic and representational imagery utilizing land, labor and struggle as its primary focus. It exemplifies the tragedies and victories of the immigrant experience in a raw look at the plight of the Valley’s invisible populations.

5:30 – 6 p.m. BLESSING CEREMONY: Following the tradition started during the first Tamejavi Festival in 2002, this space acknowledges the history and long-time presence in the Central Valley of our Native American brothers and sisters. Conducted by two of the Chukchansi tribe’s female spiritual leaders, this blessing ceremony will spiritually guide us into closing one cycle of work and opening a new one.

6:30 – 9:30 p.m. GRAND FINALE: To commemorate PVI’s first 20 years, we mark both our accomplishments and the challenges we face while preparing for the next cycle of work. As we begin writing the next chapter in our story of supporting the immigrant movement and building influence, we celebrate with stories, music and poetry, and gather in joy with our longtime friends, constituency and supporters.

6:30 – 7 p.m. Informal Networking Music Appetizers

7 – 7:30 p.m. Visiting Multimedia Exhibit Music

7:30 – 8:10 p.m. Visiting Silent Auction Music Appetizers

8:10 – 8:20 p.m. Drum Circle

8:20 – 9 p.m. Where do We Go from Here? Imagining a Shared Vision Acknowledgments

9 – 9:30 p.m. Grand Finale Poetry Seti X Drum Circle Banda