ACN to Host Our Migrant Community: Two-Part Series

2/3/11 ASHLAND, OH -- The Ashland Center for Nonviolence at Ashland University (ACN) will be hosting a two-part series focusing on the migrant population, immigration and reform.

The first of the series will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ridenour Room of the Dauch College of Business and Economics on the Ashland University campus. Orrville Police Chief Dino Carozza and immigration attorney Jason Lorenzon will present "Our Migrant Community: Legal and Economic Myths & Realties," a program that will focus on immigration reform. This presentation is free and open to the public.
Police Chief Carozza is credited with building trust between the Hispanic community and law enforcement in Wayne County, according to a Wooster Daily Record article from Nov. 8, 2007. "They need to be acquainted with the laws of our land, which are probably different from those in their country. We need to work to raise the trust level so they are more willing to communicate with us. This would be a blessing for everyone," Carozza said in that article.

"Like many immigrants before me, I came to the United States for the endless opportunities," said attorney Lorenzon. "The immigration laws are set up to be difficult and make people fail...I love to help those who are foreign born to navigate this difficult system and live the American Dream."

"Our Migrant Community: Social Myths and Realities," the second of the series, will be held Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ridenour Room of Dauch College of Business and Economics on the Ashland University campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Speakers include Pastor Haroldo Nunes of the Salem Mennonite Church, Pastor Judith Azuguara of Open Arms Hispanic Ministry, and Fr. Christopher Trenta of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.  All three speakers work with the local migrant community and will discuss what is being done currently and what work still needs to be done with relation to immigration reform and creating a caring community.

"Both presentations will attempt to explore the myths and facts of the immigrant community and the options and possibilities of immigration reform; while examining how issues of immigration tie into those issues of community," said John Stratton, executive director of the Ashland Center for Nonviolence. "We are trying to answer some difficult questions that are surrounded in myth: What do immigrants contribute to our community? How should the community treat these workers, these families, these children?"

The Ashland Center for Nonviolence, located on the campus of Ashland University, is committed to exploring and promoting alternatives to violence in ourselves, our families, our communities, and our world.  The center is committed to finding choices when there seem to be none, as well as answering the seemingly unanswerable question, "What else can we do?"  For more information about this event, or to learn more about the Ashland Center for Nonviolence, please call 419-289-5313 or visit us online at www.ashland.edu/acn<http://www.ashland.edu/acn>.

Ashland University (www.ashland.edu<http://www.ashland.edu>) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.