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Immigrant Rights Panel Draws Hundreds to Brooklyn Museum

More than 500 people came out to the Brooklyn Museum on Thursday, February 9in spite of nearly a foot of snow—to attend "Defending Immigrant Rights: A Brooklyn Call to Action," which featured a critical conversation with local leaders working on the frontlines of the fight for immigrant rights.

Presented in partnership with the Brooklyn Museum and the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, the panel included experts from organizations funded through our Immigrant Rights Fund, who discussed the impact on Brooklynites of the Trump Administration's executive order on Immigration and specific local resistance strategies and how allies can help.


  • Linda Sarsour, Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York
  • Victoria Starrett, Immigration Attorney at Brooklyn Defender Services
  • Carl Lipscombe, Programs Manager at the Black Alliance for Just Immigration
  • Murad Awawdeh, Director of Political Engagement at The New York Immigration Coalition
  • Nayim Islam, Brooklyn Community Organizer at DRUM, Desis Rising Up & Moving 

With remarks from Bitta Mostofi, Assistant Commissioner at the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs. Moderated by Brooklyn Community Foundation President and CEO Cecilia Clarke. 

Stream the conversation:

Repost from @sinabasilafoto - Cecilia Clark from @bklynfoundation led a talk last night about Immigrant Rights at the @brooklynmuseum

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Inspired by tonight's turnout at @brooklynmuseum for Defending Immigrant Rights in spite of the blizzard!

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