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6pm Dreaming America: Voices of Undocumented Youth in Maximum-Security Detention

February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

I-House Davis is partnering with the Acme Theatre Company–a company of high school-aged actors–for a staged reading of a selection of poems from Dreaming America: Voices of Undocumented Youth in Maximum-Security Detention. The poems are by migrant youths detained at the Shenandoah Valley Youth Center in Virginia, one of two facilities in the US that have a contract with the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to hold “stepped up” unaccompanied minors. The other is the Yolo County Juvenile Detention Facility in Woodland.

The reading will pair local officials and immigrant advocates with members of the ACME Theatre Co. to read a total of 10 poems, in English and Spanish. Our confirmed list of readers include:

– Garth Lewis, Superintendent of the Yolo County Office of Education
– Gloria Partida, City of Davis Mayor Pro Tempore
– Julie Burns, Yolo County manager of the ORR program
– Josie Enriquez with Empower Yolo
– Ramon Urbano, former chair of the Yolo Interfaith Immigration Network
– Greg Wolfe, rabbi of Congregation Bet Haverim
– Eliana Kaimowitz, Immigrant Integration Fellow at CDSS Immigration and Refugee Services
– Three law students with the UC Davis Immigration Law Center

The performance will be followed by a moderated community discussion. The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be collected for the legal fund created for these youth poets.


February 21
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm