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with Richard MacMaster, coordinator of Gainesville’s Interfaith Alliance for Immigration Justice
September 13th from 11:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Note: Luncheons will now be held at the Holiday Inn Gainesville-University Center, 1250 West University Avenue
Join guest speaker Richard MacMaster as he discusses our communities’ response to the immigration crisis over the last dozen years. From supporting farm workers and the Fair Food Program, to the protocols around undocumented students at UF and Santa Fe and how they are implemented, to visiting immigrants held at Baker Detention Center. MacMaster will discuss the systems in place and how we can make Gainesville and Alachua County a more welcoming community for people from around the world including suggestions for language access, police procedures, and sponsoring asylum seekers.
To attend the event via ZOOM please use this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88240493823
Welcome Back to our Live-and-In-Person Free Speech Luncheons!
We can’t wait to meet all together again, so here’s some things you might want to know:
About the speaker
MacMaster was a history major as an undergraduate at Fordham University, where he earned his Masters degree. After he earned a Ph.D from Georgetown University 1968, he taught American history at Western Carolina University and James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Influenced by his major professor at Fordham, Robert Remini, he was initially focused on the era of Andrew Jackson. However, he eventually became more interested in 18th century Chesapeake. His first published book was a social-economic study built around the family of George Mason of Gunston Hall, the author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights. After that he studied German and Scotch-Irish migration to the Colonies. His most recent book is Scotch-Irish Merchants in Colonial America: The Flaxseed Trade and Emigration from Ireland, 1718-1755. He came to Gainesville in February 2001 since his wife Eve had been called as pastor of Emmanuel Mennonite Church.
Please register by Thursday, Sept 9th.