Monday, May 11, 2015

A Series on Humanitarian Crises in Our World Today

Presenting: Daniel Asher Filstein on Southern U.S. Border Immigration

I'm quite excited about this series!  The Midcoast Outreach and Peace Center is presenting the first program in the Public Dialogue Series—Humanitarian Crises in Our World Today. The programs in the series will be presented by individuals that have been or are involved in helping people in different parts of the world whose lives are endangered by ongoing wars, natural catastrophes, misfortunes and adversities.
Daniel Asher Filstein, an apprentice at the Carpenter’s Boat Shop in Pemaquid, Maine, spent several months working with the humanitarian aid group No More Deaths in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. For many Americans, immigration issues continue to elicit polarized and highly inflammatory differences of opinion. Debates rage on the national stage about the treatment of illegal immigrants by the U.S. government when immigrants are fleeing from war torn countries, violent drug trade, political unrest or from regions where survival is threatened by food and water scarcity.  Filstein will discuss his experiences helping immigrants on the U.S.’s southern border and what Americans can do to help address this international crisis.

The Midcoast Outreach and Peace Center will hold the program on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 6:30 P.M. at the Friends Meetinghouse, 77 Belvedere Road, and Damariscotta. 
Filstein will talk about his experiences on the border and what he has learned about the complex and tragic ongoing immigration crisis.  He will discuss the history of the southern border, regional immigrant migration, border enforcement, the increased militarization, the mass incarceration of migrants, and humanitarian aid efforts. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period.
Filstein has worked primarily with nature-based experiential education programs and wilderness guiding. He is the son of Russian immigrants and he grew up in New York City before moving to northern New England. Filstein is passionate about traditional crafts, earth-living skills and likes work that leads to social change. In his current work at the Carpenters’ Boat Shop, he hopes to find meaningful connections between people, the communities in which we live and the planet.
In the coming months, the Public Dialogue Series on Humanitarian Crises in Our World Today will feature lectures and presentations by individuals from Maine who are involved in alleviating humanitarian crises in the U.S. and other countries. The series is designed to help people in Maine learn about the consequences of current international crises for people throughout the world and the options that are available to improve and eliminate life-threatening, dislocating and deadly conditions.