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Using each corner of Trade and Tryon Streets as a scene, and a technique called ‘Theater of the Oppressed', Charlotte area youth will act out common occurrences under what they describe as a broken immigration system.
Topics addressed by the group will include: Family Separation, Undocumented High School Graduates, Undocumented Worker Contributions and Myths and Stereotypes about Immigrants.
In one scene, Pin the Blame on the Immigrant, students wish to help passersby understand the effect of words, stereotypes and myths on immigrants. In all of the scenes, students say they hope to help humanize immigrants and hope Charlotteans will understand what immigrants have contributed to the city.
Students say they wish the public understands the realities undocumented immigrants face before making up their minds about supporting or opposing immigration reform.
"I want people to understand what it might actually be like. I want people to interact with us and the scenes and to understand the role they play in this broken system," said Ramon Garibaldo, freshman at Johnson C. Smith University and organizer of the event.
The event will take place on Wednesday, January 23, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.