This year, Metropolitan Group hosted noted author and immigration advocate Ali Noorani for a discussion and book signing in our hometown of Portland, Oregon. The conversation, moderated by our founder Eric Friedenwald-Fishman, spoke to the urgent need for legislative action to support immigration reform as well as the current polarizing rhetoric in the United States. Here at MG, we stand for immigrants and immigration and work to proactively counter racist and xenophobic narratives about immigrants, migrants and refugees in our communities.
Ali Noorani is the Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, an advocacy organization promoting the value of immigrants and immigration. Before joining the Forum, Ali was the executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. In addition to his advocacy work, Ali is also the author of There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration which was released late last year. You can learn more about the book or purchase a copy of There Goes the Neighborhood here.
MG was joined by Congregation Beth Israel, the ACLU of Oregon, PCUN (the farmworkers union), Latino Network, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Oregon Association of Nurseries, CAPACES Leadership Institute, Catholic Charities of Oregon, Vancouver Avenue Baptist Church, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Neil Kelly, New Seasons Markets, Basic Rights Oregon, and other community leaders in hosting this event.
Thank you to Ali Noorani for bringing his knowledge and insights to our community.