Anchor Series – Fall 2017:
Labor and Sanctuary: From Underground Railroad to Sanctuary Cities
Through this Anchor Series, Community members will have the opportunity to:
Understand connections between current migrant crisis and histories of slavery and migration.
Develop deeper self understanding and self expression to support substantive dialogue and community healing
Deepen ability to communicate with children about current and historical injustice
Build community networks to create solidarity
Though we continue to hire immigrant workers in vast numbers, their physical presence and security is more precarious than ever. We experience this as a current crisis, but it has deep roots in the histories of labor and migration in the United States. In its history and its present, the Hudson Valley is uniquely situated to address the connections between the combined needs of labor and sanctuary. An important nexus on the Underground railroad–providing sanctuary to those forced to labor under slavery–we are also home to some of the most vulnerable migrant laborers today.
Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Thanksgiving provide a backdrop for a deep community exploration of Labor and Sanctuary. True to Unison’s new integrative mission, we will work in partnership with local and national organizations that bring diverse perspectives and modalities to support participants in creatively exploring the topic through the arts, while building community and engaging in personal and societal healing.
Starting in early September, Unison will partner with Redwing Blackbird Puppet Theatre and the New Paltz chapter of United University Professionals to host a local parade with additional partners to raise awareness and build visibility. In the following months, a series of curated events (lectures, walking tours, conversations, etc.) will deepen learning, culminating in a community puppet workshop and performance at Unison in November.
The proposed events below provide a platform for participants to feel the connections between the current crisis and the often suppressed histories of violence against those who labor, building personal understanding and a sense of community in action.