June 18, 2018 at 6:00pm - 8pm

Potluck with Lucio - In Honor of World Refugee Day

Please join us for a potluck dinner with Lucio Perez at First Church Amherst to mark World Refugee Day and to focus in particular on the plight of refugees and others who come to the United States seeking asylum and a better way of life. This event is hosted by the Amherst Chapter 128 of Amnesty International, the Pioneer Valley Workers Center, and First Church Amherst, UCC.

We first will enjoy camaraderie around food between 6 and 6:45 pm and then hear Maria Cuerda, who has worked with immigrants in Springfield for many years, share info on why so many people flee their homes in Central America and Mexico to come to the United States. The deportation machine is sweeping up everyone in its path and the U.S. government now turns away or imprisons many people who come here in fear of their lives, destroying the meaning of refuge and asylum in this country. Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the U.S. Refugee Act of 1980 guarantee humane resettlement of those taking asylum here; instead individuals and families—even those with young children—are experiencing harsh conditions in detention centers. We then will discuss what actions we can take to release those detained, ensure their protection, and work toward ending the detention of future newcomers midst the current atmosphere of criminalization of these families.

Then, we will hear from Lucio Perez, who has been in Sanctuary at First Church Amherst since October 2017. 

FOOD: Please bring a beverage and food to share (ENTRÉE, SALAD or DESSERT) that does not require heating up. 

DIRECTIONS: Potluck will be held in the DININGROOM on the church’s lower level. First Church Amherst is located at 165 Main St., but enter on Spring St. side through the door for Not Bread Alone from the back parking lot. Park in lot behind church or across Spring St. in Amherst College lot. 

To learn more about U.S. detention of refugee families, please go to: 

And to sign an important petition to Secretary Nielsen, Department of Homeland Security, go to act.amnestyusa.org/page/13951/action/1?ea.tracking.id=messagingcategory_GEN.

- Fanny Rothschild, Amherst Amnesty Intl., [email protected]comcast.net/413-687-8036
- Maria Cuerdo, PVWC, [email protected], 413-219-1713

Thanks so much and see you on Monday, June 18th at 6 pm at First Church Amherst!

First Church Amherst
165 Main St
Amherst, MA 01002
United States
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