Jul
23
6:30 PM18:30

July General Meeting

Please join us for our IFCLA General Meeting on Monday the 23rd at 6pm! The address is 5021 Adkins, Room 122, St. Louis, MO, 63116. Whether you have been involved with IFCLA for a long time or are brand new to the organization, we invite you to come spend an hour or two with the staff and board and get to know the organization, and find out what you can do.

General meetings will be held the final Monday evening of each month.

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Farewell to Ellie-Board Member, Volunteer, and Friend
Jun
26
5:30 PM17:30

Farewell to Ellie-Board Member, Volunteer, and Friend

Join IFCLA board and staff for a farewell dinner for our volunteer, board member, and all-around stellar human Ellie Urbina! She is moving to Washington, D.C., and we want to thank her for all of the work she has done for IFCLA over the two and a half years she has been a part of this organization. We will miss you Ellie, but wish you good luck in your new adventures!


We will meet at El Torito on Cherokee Street this Wednesday at 5:30pm. All are welcome. Food will be available for purchase.

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May
22
7:00 PM19:00

Immigration 101

***You must register with the library for this course. Click here to do so.***

What is the system for immigration to the United States? What shaped the system? Who does it fail? How can we respond?

Join Katie Meola and Sara John from the Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America (IFCLA) as they guide participants in exploring these questions.

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American Friends Service Committee E-Course Part I: Changing Systems, Changing Ourselves
May
15
7:00 PM19:00

American Friends Service Committee E-Course Part I: Changing Systems, Changing Ourselves

  • IFCLA Office - St. John the Baptist Elementary School (2nd floor) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is offering a four-session monthly interactive e-course for groups to explore, reflect, and act for social change. The e-course will focus on undoing racism, understanding accompaniment, and exploring case studies in sanctuary and ICE check-in accompaniment. Since the AFSC is focusing this e-course for groups, Christ Church UCC in Maplewood, Eliot Chapel UU in Kirkwood, and Kirkwood UCC will have coordinated teams. For anyone outside of these congregations wishing to join, IFCLA is also coordinating a group. The IFCLA team will meet on the following days at the IFCLA office:

Tuesday, May 15th, 7-8:30pm (The IFCLA team will watch the recorded video together)

Tuesday, June 5th, 7-8:30pm (The IFCLA team will watch the video live)

Tuesday, July 10th, 7-8:30pm (The IFCLA team will watch the video live)

Tuesday, August 7th, 7-8:30pm (The IFCLA team will watch the video live)

To register: First visit the link below and fill out your information by May 1st. Registering for the course online will ensure that you are able to access the materials even if you miss the monthly meeting, although you will still be able to participate if you do not register. If you are registering for the IFCLA team, put IFCLA in the “Group Information” section. Second, email Susan at Susan@ifcla.net to ensure we know you are coming and to get reminder emails about the course!

Link to register for the AFSC course: www.afsc.org/csco

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Sister Rosa Maria Trochez: Honduran Human Rights Defender
May
11
6:00 PM18:00

Sister Rosa Maria Trochez: Honduran Human Rights Defender

This talk is a part of the IFCLA Dinner Diálogos series. There is a suggested donation of $15 and dinner provided. Join us for an evening of listening and conversation. 

Please RSVP online by May 9th at: bit.ly/DDSisterRosa  

In the wake of the 2017 Honduran elections, the Honduran government has shut down the peaceful protests by killing, disappearing, and arresting their own citizens. Sister Rosa Maria Trochez, SSND, will visit St. Louis to testify about rising repression in Honduras and call for peace and justice in the country.

A native of Honduras, Rosa Maria accompanied thousands of refugees as a pastoral agent in Mesa Grande, Honduras in the 1980's. Today living in El Progreso, Yoro, she upholds the rights of women and the poor in coordination with her community as well as the Jesuits and local and national social movements. 

For more information on Sr. Rosa Maria and the delegation, click here

For more information about current events in Honduras, click here

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Militarization, Incarceration and Privatization in Honduras: A Conversation with Activist Karen Spring
May
9
6:00 PM18:00

Militarization, Incarceration and Privatization in Honduras: A Conversation with Activist Karen Spring

Karen Spring is a human rights defender based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Over the last decade she has investigated and exposed the Honduran government's implementation of an extreme right-wing pro-corporate agenda. Karen tracks grassroots resistance to land theft and resource extraction by U.S. and Canadian corporations and how our governments facilitate efficient exploitation. Karen will trace connections between the growing prison system in Honduras, the arrests of peaceful protestors and discuss the realities of post reelection in Hondras, inviting you to help free the 37 known political prisoners.

This event is free, but there is a $1-10 sliding scale suggested donation that will go to support Karen's travels. There will also be drinks and food available for purchase at the Schlafly Bottleworks.

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Immigration 101 Part II: A Two Week Mini-Course
May
8
6:00 PM18:00

Immigration 101 Part II: A Two Week Mini-Course

IFCLA will host a two-week Immigration 101 course over the first weeks in May. Katie Meola, IFCLA’s Spring practicum student, will teach about the history of U.S. intervention in Latin America, the evolution of immigration policy, the systematic criminalization of immigrants in the United States, and what allies can do about it. Join us for part II of this course!

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Stand with IFCLA on GiveSTL Day
May
2
12:00 AM00:00

Stand with IFCLA on GiveSTL Day

Will you join St. Louis philanthropic community on May 2nd? 

Please consider donating to the St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America on Give STL Day to help sustain our mission of convening an inter-faith community to accompany the people of Latin America in their work for human rights and social justice. IFCLA envisions a world in which partners reach across economic, political and social borders to build a sustainable future for the planet and its people, and we need your financial support to help us reach that vision!

Click here to donate!

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Immigration 101 Part I: A Two Week Mini-Course
May
1
6:00 PM18:00

Immigration 101 Part I: A Two Week Mini-Course

IFCLA will host a two-week Immigration 101 course over the first weeks in May. Katie Meola, IFCLA’s Spring practicum student, will teach about the history of U.S. intervention in Latin America, the evolution of immigration policy, the systematic criminalization of immigrants in the United States, and what allies can do about it. Join us for part I!

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General Meeting and Open House at the New IFCLA Office
Apr
30
6:00 PM18:00

General Meeting and Open House at the New IFCLA Office

  • IFCLA Office - St. John the Baptist Elementary School (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Please join us for our IFCLA General Meeting and Open House this upcoming Monday the 30th at 6pm! We will discuss working group reports and see the new IFCLA office located on the second floor of the St. John the Baptist Elementary School. The address is 5021 Adkins, Room 122, St. Louis, MO, 63116. Whether you have been involved with IFCLA for a long time or are brand new to the organization, we invite you to come spend an hour or two with the staff and board and get to know the organization in its' new space. We are also excited to share our updated mission, vision, values and goals. 

General meetings will be held the final Monday evening of each month.

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Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

IFCLA Advisory Committee: Seeking Local Policy Change

  • St. John the Baptist Parish Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Seeking Local Policy Change: Strategies for Success

This meeting of the advisory committee will explore the topic of local advocacy strategies. We will discuss questions like: What are policy changes that we could pursue in St. Louis city or county that would better protect immigrant communities? Which elected officials could we connect with about these issues? What are policy changes that we could pursue in St. Louis city or county that would better protect immigrant communities? Which elected officials could we connect with about these issues? What are policy changes that we could pursue in St. Louis city or county that would better protect immigrant communities? Which elected officials could we connect with about these issues? 

If you are interested in being a part of the advisory committee please contact Susan via email at Susan@ifcla.net!

 

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The Trump Presidency and Latin America: How United States Immigration Policy Affects the Region
Apr
18
12:00 PM12:00

The Trump Presidency and Latin America: How United States Immigration Policy Affects the Region

  • St. John the Baptist Parish Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

***Please RSVP to susan@ifcla.net by April 16th to ensure we have enough food for all. To help offset costs, a $10 donation is requested. ***

IFCLA is thrilled to present an event with Lisa Haugaard, Executive Director of the Latin America Working Group, on April 18th at 12 pm. Lisa will speak on the implications of the Trump administration’s immigration policy and foreign policy on Latin America, with a specific focus on Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico. In addition, she will discuss what the administration’s policy decisions mean for human rights in 2018 and beyond.

Founded in 1983, the Latin America Working Group (LAWG) amplifies activists' voices in Washington, D.C. by connecting with activists across the United States and offering tools that they need to expand their ability to influence U.S. foreign policy. Lisa, LAWG’s Executive Director, has spearheaded advocacy efforts for human rights and peace issues in Latin America for two decades. She directs advocacy efforts for Colombia, Central America, development and military aid and policy and coordinates coalition campaigns with U.S. and Latin American partners. She has participated in international human rights verification missions in Colombia, Mexico and Central America, including on extrajudicial executions, human rights defenders, migrant rights, and electoral observation.

A presentation by Lisa will be followed by a question and answer period. Lunch is provided. Please join us!

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Apr
16
6:30 PM18:30

Meet the Dreamers

  • St. Margaret of Scotland Church Basement Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come and meet Dreamers from our St. Louis community and hear about their lives, dreams and faith journeys. Sr. Cathy Doherty from Our Lady of Guadalupe will also share how this fits in with Catholic Social Teaching on immigration. Please join us to support these activists, scholars, and workers as they share their stories with us.

Co-sponsored with St. Margaret of Scotland Church, the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and IFCLA.

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Open House with Alex Garcia
Apr
4
4:30 PM16:30

Open House with Alex Garcia

Please join us for an Open House honoring Alex Garcia, who has now been living in sanctuary for six months. Join us in inviting important local, regional, and federal officials to meet Alex and to show support for his Motion to Stay. We need everyone to support him and his family, including our elected officials and faith leaders!

After the Open House, please join us for the St. Louis Coalition on Sanctuary's First Quarter Meeting, which will also be held at Christ Church UCC.

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Immigration 101: Kirkwood UCC, Eliot UU, and Shaare Emeth
Mar
29
6:00 PM18:00

Immigration 101: Kirkwood UCC, Eliot UU, and Shaare Emeth

As people rooted in compassionate action, what is required of us? To do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly. This call to loving action echoes through every age, and in each season of our lives we must consider how to respond. In this course, congregations will learn more about the historical context of Latin American immigration to the US, the current state of US border and immigration policy, and the local impacts of these policies. We will also discuss how the orienting stories of our different congregations all point us toward honoring the human dignity of all and welcoming the strangers among us. 

Course Objectives:
1. Learn about the history of US involvement & intervention in Latin America as well as the role of the church
2. Review US immigration policy and impacts, and church teaching on migration
3. Contextualize this history in current immigrant realities of St. Louis
4. Evaluate: “How am I/are we called to respond?”

IFCLA is honored to partner with Kirkwood United Church of Christ and Eliot Unitarian Chapel, Kirkwood, to offer a 3-week course on immigration. The course will be led by Sara John, Program Coordinator of the St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America (IFCLA). Course materials will include academic articles, personal reflections, multi-faith perspectives, podcasts, films, and more. We will meet for 2 hours every Thursday for 3 weeks, and will also include 1-2 hours of suggested reading/watching/listening and reflection to be done in between the meetings. Our time together will focus on discussion, small group work, and reflection.

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Immigration 101: Kirkwood UCC, Eliot UU, and Shaare Emeth
Mar
22
6:00 PM18:00

Immigration 101: Kirkwood UCC, Eliot UU, and Shaare Emeth

As people rooted in compassionate action, what is required of us? To do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly. This call to loving action echoes through every age, and in each season of our lives we must consider how to respond. In this course, congregations will learn more about the historical context of Latin American immigration to the US, the current state of US border and immigration policy, and the local impacts of these policies. We will also discuss how the orienting stories of our different congregations all point us toward honoring the human dignity of all and welcoming the strangers among us. 

Course Objectives:
1. Learn about the history of US involvement & intervention in Latin America as well as the role of the church
2. Review US immigration policy and impacts, and church teaching on migration
3. Contextualize this history in current immigrant realities of St. Louis
4. Evaluate: “How am I/are we called to respond?”

IFCLA is honored to partner with Kirkwood United Church of Christ and Eliot Unitarian Chapel, Kirkwood, to offer a 3-week course on immigration. The course will be led by Sara John, Program Coordinator of the St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America (IFCLA). Course materials will include academic articles, personal reflections, multi-faith perspectives, podcasts, films, and more. We will meet for 2 hours every Thursday for 3 weeks, and will also include 1-2 hours of suggested reading/watching/listening and reflection to be done in between the meetings. Our time together will focus on discussion, small group work, and reflection.

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Walk the Journey with Jesus: Lenten Immigration Course
Mar
21
6:30 PM18:30

Walk the Journey with Jesus: Lenten Immigration Course

What has the Lord required of us? To do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly. This call to loving, faith-rooted action echoes through every age, and in each season of our lives, we must consider how to respond. In this course, congregations will learn more about the historical context of Latin American immigration to the US, the current state of US border and immigration policy, and the local impacts of these policies. We will also discuss how the story of many immigrant families echoes the story of Jesus' journey for love of us, his human family, and consider how our faith challenge to honor the human dignity of all can inform our involvement and lead us to welcome the strangers among us.  

Course Objectives:
1. Learn about the history of US involvement & intervention in Latin America as well as the role of the Catholic Church
2. Review US immigration policy and impacts, and Catholic teaching on migration
3. Contextualize this history in current immigrant realities of St. Louis
4. Evaluate: “How am I/are we called to respond?”

IFCLA is honored to partner with the Archdiocese of St. Louis to offer a 4-week course on immigration. The course will be led by Sara John, Program Coordinator of the St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America (IFCLA), who is also a parishioner at Most Sacred Heart Eureka. Course materials will include academic articles, personal reflections, multi-faith perspectives, podcasts, films, and more. We will meet for 2 hours every Wednesday for 4 weeks, and will also include 1-2 hours of suggested reading/watching/listening and reflection to be done in between the meetings. Our time together will focus on discussion, small group work, and reflection.

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ICE Accompaniment Project Training
Mar
20
6:30 PM18:30

ICE Accompaniment Project Training

Across the country, migrants are being detained after going for routine check-ins at Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices. Accompanying individuals in solidarity to these check-ins can be a successful tool to protect against this threat to due process.  

Join a collaborative of churches to hear from the St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America (IFCLA) about this kind of accompaniment: why it is needed, what it requires, and how you can be involved.

You do not need to speak Spanish to participate. Attending a training does not obligate you to participate in the program. So, please join us!

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Immigration 101: Kirkwood UCC, Eliot UU, and Shaare Emeth
Mar
15
6:00 PM18:00

Immigration 101: Kirkwood UCC, Eliot UU, and Shaare Emeth

As people rooted in compassionate action, what is required of us? To do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly. This call to loving action echoes through every age, and in each season of our lives we must consider how to respond. In this course, congregations will learn more about the historical context of Latin American immigration to the US, the current state of US border and immigration policy, and the local impacts of these policies. We will also discuss how the orienting stories of our different congregations all point us toward honoring the human dignity of all and welcoming the strangers among us. 

Course Objectives:
1. Learn about the history of US involvement & intervention in Latin America as well as the role of the church
2. Review US immigration policy and impacts, and church teaching on migration
3. Contextualize this history in current immigrant realities of St. Louis
4. Evaluate: “How am I/are we called to respond?”

IFCLA is honored to partner with Kirkwood United Church of Christ and Eliot Unitarian Chapel, Kirkwood, to offer a 3-week course on immigration. The course will be led by Sara John, Program Coordinator of the St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America (IFCLA). Course materials will include academic articles, personal reflections, multi-faith perspectives, podcasts, films, and more. We will meet for 2 hours every Thursday for 3 weeks, and will also include 1-2 hours of suggested reading/watching/listening and reflection to be done in between the meetings. Our time together will focus on discussion, small group work, and reflection.

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Walk the Journey with Jesus: Lenten Immigration Course
Mar
14
6:30 PM18:30

Walk the Journey with Jesus: Lenten Immigration Course

What has the Lord required of us? To do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly. This call to loving, faith-rooted action echoes through every age, and in each season of our lives, we must consider how to respond. In this course, congregations will learn more about the historical context of Latin American immigration to the US, the current state of US border and immigration policy, and the local impacts of these policies. We will also discuss how the story of many immigrant families echoes the story of Jesus' journey for love of us, his human family, and consider how our faith challenge to honor the human dignity of all can inform our involvement and lead us to welcome the strangers among us.  

Course Objectives:
1. Learn about the history of US involvement & intervention in Latin America as well as the role of the Catholic Church
2. Review US immigration policy and impacts, and Catholic teaching on migration
3. Contextualize this history in current immigrant realities of St. Louis
4. Evaluate: “How am I/are we called to respond?”

IFCLA is honored to partner with the Archdiocese of St. Louis to offer a 4-week course on immigration. The course will be led by Sara John, Program Coordinator of the St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America (IFCLA), who is also a parishioner at Most Sacred Heart Eureka. Course materials will include academic articles, personal reflections, multi-faith perspectives, podcasts, films, and more. We will meet for 2 hours every Wednesday for 4 weeks, and will also include 1-2 hours of suggested reading/watching/listening and reflection to be done in between the meetings. Our time together will focus on discussion, small group work, and reflection.

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Walk the Journey with Jesus: Lenten Immigration Course
Mar
7
6:30 PM18:30

Walk the Journey with Jesus: Lenten Immigration Course

What has the Lord required of us? To do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly. This call to loving, faith-rooted action echoes through every age, and in each season of our lives, we must consider how to respond. In this course, congregations will learn more about the historical context of Latin American immigration to the US, the current state of US border and immigration policy, and the local impacts of these policies. We will also discuss how the story of many immigrant families echoes the story of Jesus' journey for love of us, his human family, and consider how our faith challenge to honor the human dignity of all can inform our involvement and lead us to welcome the strangers among us.  

Course Objectives:
1. Learn about the history of US involvement & intervention in Latin America as well as the role of the Catholic Church
2. Review US immigration policy and impacts, and Catholic teaching on migration
3. Contextualize this history in current immigrant realities of St. Louis
4. Evaluate: “How am I/are we called to respond?”

IFCLA is honored to partner with the Archdiocese of St. Louis to offer a 4-week course on immigration. The course will be led by Sara John, Program Coordinator of the St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America (IFCLA), who is also a parishioner at Most Sacred Heart Eureka. Course materials will include academic articles, personal reflections, multi-faith perspectives, podcasts, films, and more. We will meet for 2 hours every Wednesday for 4 weeks, and will also include 1-2 hours of suggested reading/watching/listening and reflection to be done in between the meetings. Our time together will focus on discussion, small group work, and reflection.

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