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Washtenaw Refugee Coalition – Refugees Given a Voice
Washtenaw Refugee Coalition – Refugees Given a Voice
Beth Wilensky
Over the recent years we have all become more aware of the plight of refugees and
asylum seekers. Individuals and families from around the world are fleeing from war, poverty, and oppression. Attempts to enter our country have been met with physical and regulatory obstruction, all in conflict with values many of
us hold dear. Refugees and asylum seekers, who are often invisible to those in power, must rely on others to plead their collective cases to Congress.

A group of Ann Arborites have decided to take action to address this injustice. The Washtenaw Refugee Coalition is a new interfaith group of passionate and dedicated individuals who are learning how to advocate on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers. You will be fascinated to hear the story of the group’s founding, the
training they have received, and actions they have been taking. You may even find their cause to be one you want to embrace.

Beth Wilensky is the founder and leader of the Washtenaw Refugee Coalition. Beth has served on the Board of Jewish Family Services (a local organization providing services to refugees), and is a Clinical Professor of Law in the Legal Practice
Program at the University of Michigan.
Lecture Type : Afternoons with OLLI      
Lecture Date : 02/17/2021      
Program Year : 2020-21      
Term : Winter/Spring      
Fee : $10.00