Walla Walla Speaks
In response to the groundswell of local and global justice work, Pioneer United Methodist Church and the Neighborhood Engagement Program at the City of Walla Walla will be hosting a series of speakers and storytellers on a variety of critical topics in our city and surrounding area.
Our next gathering takes place on Tuesday, November 10th at 6:30 pm via Zoom Webinar and will feature Abigail Scholar, Executive Director of Central Washington Justice for our Neighbors and Dr. Aaron Bobrow-Strain of the Walla Walla Immigrant Rights Coalition. Come hear these leading advocates reflect on the current state of immigration and immigrant rights. A moderated Q and A will follow.
You can join Tuesday’s webinar by following this link:
More about our November speakers:
Abigail has worked as part of the coordinating committee of the Walla Walla Immigrant Rights Coalition, she is a founding member of the Spokane Immigrant Rights Coalition, the Tri-Cities Immigrant Rights Coalition and is a member of Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network and sits in the steering committee for their bond fund. She is also on the steering committee for All In for Washington and works closely with the ACLU of Washington. She has worked in community organizing for a number of years and she has extensive experience in developing community led programs and supporting leaders within the community to advance capacity building.
Aaron is a professor and Baker Ferguson Chair of Politics and Leadership at Whitman College, where he teaches courses on food, immigration, and the U.S.-Mexico border. He is the author of White Bread: A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf and Intimate Enemies: Landowners, Power, and Violence in Chiapas. In the 1990s, he worked on the U.S.-Mexico border as an educator and activist. He is a founding member of the Walla Walla Immigrant Rights Coalition.
Along with academic journals in the U.S. and Mexico, his writing has appeared in The Believer, The Chronicle of Higher Education Review, Salon, Gastronomica, and The Huffington Post.
The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story (Hardback – Farrar, Straus, and Giroux 2019 & Paperback – Picador 2020) won the Washington State Book Award and the Pacific Northwest Book Award, was named a Southwest Books of the Year Top Choice, a Goodreads People’s Choice Award Semifinalist, and an AudioFiles Magazine Best Audio Book of 2019, and was shortlisted for the Brooklyn Public Library Literary Award.
He has an MA in Latin American Studies from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of California, Berkeley. He’s received grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation and Social Science Research Council and won teaching prizes from UC Berkeley and Whitman College.
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