These are not necessarily CIC sponsored events. For a calendar of CIC events, go here.
Cultural villages, Breakfast, coffee & tea from around the globe, Music, Refugee artwork, Entertainment, Children’s Activities, and great conversation
Walk a Mile in a Refugee’s Shoes is a simulation created to expose people to the lives of refugees in refugee camps in the first person narrative. Each attendee receives information regarding the details of a refugee’s life and is expected to play the role of that refugee. Ultimately, the goal is to illustrate the challenges and hopelessness that many refugees experience in real life. Although many of us cannot truly share in those experiences, the first step in helping our immigrant neighbors is becoming aware of their struggles.
World Refugee Day at Indy Urban Acres will also include a service project and a community art project, followed by lunch at Old Bethel United Methodist Church down the street. We ask for a $5 donation at the door to offset the cost of lunch. Join us!
On World Refugee Day, we celebrate the courage and strength of refugee newcomers and the many gifts they bring to our communities. Join us for a reggae party to honor the day!
DJ Andy Capps and friends will spin reggae and global music that will have you dancing all night long. You will also find plenty of delicious food, great local beer and wine, and opportunities to engage with Exodus!
The event is family-friendly and Exodus activities will take place between 4 pm – 7 pm. Be sure to chat with your refugee neighbors at our “Ask a Refugee” booth and learn more about how to support refugees locally and globally. We’ll also have Refugees Welcome t-shirts for sale.
The event is free, but monetary donations are welcome! All proceeds from refreshment sales and your donations will support refugee resettlement services in Indianapolis.
Event takes place at the Cottage Home Community Space at 714 Highland Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46202.
COIN will give a special tour of the exhibit, Images from the Border — Here and There. to the Indianapolis Peace and Justice Center … anyone can join.
The exhibit has three parts:
- The first display is a collection of migrant artifacts collected on the trails of Arizona’s southern desert by author, activist, and University of Southern California professor Jim Burklo and his team.
- The second display features bordado – embroidery discovered in the desert of Southeastern Arizona from 2004 – 2018 by activist, writer, and artist Valarie Lee James and artist-collaborator Antonia Gallegos. For over a decade, the artists, their neighbors, and area Samaritans recovered and preserved anonymous women’s bordados – hand-stitched with personal endearments that read like prayer – found along the migrant trail. The grassroots drive by borderland residents to save the women’s embroidery reveals the U.S. – Mexico border’s (unrecognized) living cultural history, and the enduring grace of family on both sides of the border.
- The final display features a photography exhibit from photographer, activist, and University of Indianapolis professor Ana Maria Ferreira. In her work with the South Texas Human Rights Center, she has photographed scenes from the border.
The Indianapolis Peace & Justice Center will present Julie Sommers Neuman, Executive Director of Coalition for Our Immigrant Neighbors (COIN) to discuss the current crisis at our southern border, and the realities of immigration here in Indiana. An attorney with practical experience helping those seeking asylum here, she can help us understand the tension between the U.S. as a historical nation of immigrants and the current political uproar. COIN is very active in Central Indiana, providing legal assistance for undocumented immigrants. In the spring Julie led a group of lawyers and interpreters to Dilley, Texas, location of the largest detention for mothers and children who crossed the border seeking asylum.