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Tulsans come together to raise awareness about immigration

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Posted at 5:02 PM, Aug 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-04 20:50:14-04

TULSA — Immigration remains a popular topic across America.

New Sanctuary Tulsa, The Woody Guthrie Center, and the Dan Allen Center gathered for a sing-a-long to raise awareness for the plight of immigrant families at the border.

Project Director of Sanctuary Tulsa says this addressed what immigrant and asylum seekers face at the border, like separation of families.

“They can play music, produce art, and so it’s an opportunity for musicians and artists to kind of contribute to this movement for immigrant justice,” Linda Allegra said

Some traveled from as far as Texas and Arkansas to attend the event.

“It was very emotional, it was very clever because they made it very timely. They put some current issues into the song. They were Woodie Guthrie's songs but they used current phrases and current situation,” Withey said.

Local artists sang traditional songs by legendary Tulsans today which address what immigrants have faced under current U.S. policies of deportation, incarceration, and separation of families.

Dan Allen Center of Social Justice secretary Jennifer Nicholson says people she cares about are being affected by this.

“We are loosing a lot of sight on how important it is to support our neighbors and our community. You can only turn a blind eye to the suffering from others for so long before it hits you too”.

Linda Allegro, Project Director of Sanctuary Tulsa, tells us "We are trying to raise awareness about the fact that so many immigrants are being demonized right now. And we wanted to challenge that narrative by coming together as a community. Standing in solidarity with our immigrant family and friends".

“Children shouldn’t be put in those type of situations, adults shouldn’t be put in those kind of situations. And that meaning them being put in detention camps. Being humiliated and having their dignity taken away,” Withey said.

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