On September 20, the author joined award-winning documentary producer-directors Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested, LULAC CEO Sindy Benavides, former Mexican Ambassador to the US Arturo Sarukhan, former New York Times reporter Julia Preston, and ABC News White House Correspondent Cecilia Vega for a panel discussion following the world premiere of the upcoming National Geographic documentary Blood on the Wall. The film traces the roots of two intertwined phenomena – Mexican drug trafficking cartels and instability in Central America – that underlie the crisis at the US southern border.
On August 27 at 1:00 PM EST, the Raza Development Fund, the nation’s largest Latino Community Development Financial Institution, hosted a virtual discussion about the book. To view the recording of the event, click here.
On August 13, the author made opening remarks and moderated a panel at the League of United Latin American Citizen’s 2020 Virtual Summit on LULAC’s historic role in shaping immigration reform. To view the recording of the event, click here.
Author joined a star-studded cast of scholars, progressive leaders, activists, and Representatives Pramila Jayapal and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for a rich (virtual) discussion on the future of progressive immigration policy on May 1. Sponsored by the City University of New York’s School of Labor and Urban Studies, the “Rethinking Immigration: Vision and Strategy for 2021 and Beyond” conference was a can’t-miss event for anyone interested in how this country stays true to its tradition as a nation of immigrants. For a video of the full event, click here.
This book event, to be held in conjunction with the 2020 MAFO National Farmworker Conference on April 26 in McAllen, Texas, was cancelled because the Conference itself could not take place due to the COVID-19 crisis.
On February 18, the book was featured in a discussion sponsored by Philanthropy New York and the Carnegie Corporation of New York that also included Jason DeParle, author of A Good Provider is One Who Leaves; for a recording of the event click here.
An event at the National Press Club on October 8—a discussion of the book with Greg Sargent of the “The Plum Line” blog in the Washington Post—was aired on C-SPAN’s “Book TV” on Sunday, November 2. You can view it by clicking here.
The book was featured at an event cosponsored by the Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy and Research Organization (CLLARO) and the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado in Denver on October 23.
At the National Immigrant Integration Conference in Detroit, Michigan, the book was discussed as part of a special session on October 21 before a packed room of participants. Accompanying Charles on the Panel were Petra Falcon, from Promise Arizona, who spoke of her experience in Arizona with the implementation of the 1986 law, and Anna Marie Gallagher, who is now with Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), an organization affiliated with the Catholic Church, which was spawned from the IRCA implementation work. She spoke of her experience as a young attorney whose Central American clients suddenly had a path to legal status thanks to IRCA’s legalization program. The program was moderated by Nancy Flores with the National Partnership of New Americans, organizers of the conference. Walmart provided books to attendees of the special session.
At the same conference, Wells Fargo hosted a reception and book signing for the author.
The book was featured at a discussion between the author and Washington Post columnist Greg Sargent at the National Press Club on October 8 at an event sponsored by Mandel Vilar Press, Americas For Conservation + the Arts (AFCA), the Latino Farmers and Ranchers Association, and Mickey Ibarra & Associates.