PACG History - "A Promise Called Iowa" Screening
Friday, August 2nd, 2013 at 7 pm
3707 Eastern AV
A Promise Called Iowa, a film produced by Friends of IPTV in 2007, will be shown in the sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities, 3707 Eastern Ave. Davenport at 7 PM on August 2nd.
Please download the flyer for the film and share or post it wherever you believe it will be noticed.
Discussion to follow at 8 PM led by Robin Clark-Bennett of the U. of I. Labor Center and Amy Rowell Director of World Relief in Moline.
This film is a good reminder of what we did to help when we all pulled together and so many of our churches helped. I've now watched it three times and haven't tired of it.
In 1975, Governor Robert D. Ray opened Iowa's doors to people fleeing from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. The effort to resettle these refugees came down to one family, one church, one community at a time. This program is the moving story of how Southeast Asian refugees became Iowans, and it retraces their journey from Indochina to Iowa.
Governor Ray's humanitarian response started Iowa down a road it is still travelling today. Iowa was the only state with a state government entity certified by the U.S. State Department to resettle refugees: the Bureau of Refugee Services. Iowa was the only place where state government, along with the private resettlement agencies, welcomes the dispossessed.
Robin Clark-Bennett is from the U. of Iowa Labor Center, which conducts educational programming for Iowa's organized workforce. Since the Labor Center's founding in 1951, thousands of Iowa union members have participated in Labor Center classes on practical industrial relations, law. The Labor Center also conducts applied research and provides information on labor and workplace issues to faculty, students, and the public.
Robin Clark-Bennett, Labor Educator Robin Clark-Bennett joined the Labor Center as a Labor Educator in June, 2008. Prior to this appointment, she worked with the Labor Center from 2002-2004 on the Child Labor Public Education Project. Robin began her work with the labor movement as a summer intern with the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU) in New York City in 1992 and 1993. Since 1994, she has worked with the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU; the Union of Needletrades, Industrial, and Textile Employees (UNITE), the Service Employees’ International Union (SEIU), and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
Robin holds a B.A. from Yale University where she studied history, with an emphasis on U.S. labor history in the twentieth century. She is a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 716 and currently serves as a member on the United Association for Labor Education's Immigration and Globalization Working Group.
Amy Rowell is the Director of World Relief in Moine, Il. World Relief Moline is a not-for-profit agency providing services to refugees and immigrants in Western Illinois and Eastern Iowa. World Relief’s mission is to serve vulnerable populations in and through partnership with local churches, agencies, and the community-at-large. Our programs provide financial, emotional, cultural, and spiritual support to refugees – victims of war and persecution around the world – who are being placed in the Quad Cities.