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Fundraiser to benefit Rural Migrant Ministry youth programs coming up

On April 12th allies of immigrants and farmworkers will gather for a fundraiser to benefit local youth programs coordinated by the Rural Migrant Ministry and Adelante Student Voices. Hosted by The Cracker Factory, the evening will include Salvadorian food, performances by the theatre for social justice youth group JOY, a moderated panel discussion on equity in education and the rights of undocumented immigrants, and an after-party with live salsa music performed by Calle Uno of Rochester.

The event begins at 7 p.m.


Proceeds from the evening will go towards fundraising youth programs in upstate New York, including: the Rural Migrant Ministry’s Justice Organization of Youth (JOY) and Adelante Student Voices. JOY is a theatre for social justice youth group, in which students discuss complex issues, such as structural racism, racial profiling and farmworker rights through the performing arts. JOY students create original and collaborative theatre to inspire dialogue and create systematic change in their communities.



Adelante Student Voices is a program for undocumented students in New York State. Launched in 2016, the program has offered a safe-space for undocumented youth to participate in self-advocacy workshops, and to receive counsel on college, citizenship and more.

The evening will also include a conversation with Gabriela Quintanilla, JOY Coordinator and Founder and Director of Adelante Student Voices. In December, Quintanilla volunteered with a non-profit providing hospitality and resources to refugees at the United States- Mexico border. On Christmas Eve, Quintanilla welcomed more than 200 refugees to Annunciation House after they were released by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency in the middle of the night. A panel discussion moderated by Director of Intercultural Affairs at Hobart and William Smith Colleges Alejandra Molina, will include Quintanilla as well as Mike Bersani, Attorney and Aly Wayne, Peace Activist.

Rural Migrant Ministry and Adelante Student Voices’ target fundraising goal in anticipation of the Immigration Celebration is $10,000. Contact Quintanilla to discuss your contribution. Advance tickets for the event are $25. The ticket includes a sampling of Salvadorian food, the panel discussion and salsa dance party. Tickets are $10 for just salsa night. Live music begins at 9 p.m.

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