Open Spectrum

What Is Our Moral Response to Mass Deportation?

New York Live Arts Studios
Feb 12, 7PM

What is our ethical responsibility in this crisis, as people who are committed to civil rights, human justice, and equal opportunity for all, not just a few? What is our response as New Yorkers who support the values of our Sanctuary City? And as Americans, who believe that clearing moral pathways for immigrants to reach and remain in our country is essential to America itself?
A talk featuring activists Amy Gottlieb and the Rev. Juan Carlos Ruiz  who are linked by their relationship to activist Ravi Ragbir (Co-Founder/Executive Director, New Sanctuary Coalition) – a long-time permanent U.S. resident, husband, and father who was held for deportation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and recently released by a judge who called his detention “unnecessarily cruel.” 

Moderated by: Kavitha Rajagopalan
Musical Guest: Sandra Lilia Velasquez
Opening Remarks: Jessica L. Rofé

Co-curated with culture creator Brian Tate of The Tate Group, the Open Spectrum Community Dialogue series provides space for reflection on the most vital issues facing communities today. Open Spectrum offers an intimate conversational platform founded on the belief that cultural institutions can and should be a catalyst for societal transformation by participating in a world of ideas. 

Amy Gottlieb | Associate Regional Director, American Friends Service Committee  | ICE Detained My Husband for Being an Activist

Rev. Juan Carlos Ruiz | Co-Founder, New Sanctuary Coalition