Immigrants’ Rights Take Center Stage at St. Mark’s Church

September 29, 2007

Immigration Rights Forum 

Mark Silverman, of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, explains immigrants’ legal rights at the gymnasium of St. Mark’s Church Thursday night.

By Nicholas Kusnetz 

Ten years ago, Yeimi Alba was walking home from school with her sisters in Richmond when a boy began yelling at her. She had been in this country no more than a year after coming here from Mexico and spoke poor English, but she knew enough to understand racial epithets. She talked back. He punched her in the face.

Last night, at age 20, Alba used her memories to motivate herself to speak in front of more than 100 people at an Immigration Rights Forum at St. Mark’s Church in Richmond.

“I’ve been through discrimination, racism, violence,” she said.

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