Our January meeting will be this Wednesday, January 18, sandwiched between inspiration and threat: Martin Luther King’s memorial on Monday, and Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday. We intend to call upon Monday’s inspiration to prepare for the unprecedented threat that Friday ushers in.
Given the hateful and aggressive messages that Mr. Trump aimed at immigrant and refugee communities during his campaign, we believe this is a crucial time for defenders of democracy to find ways of standing with our immigrant and refugee neighbors. Although much remains uncertain about what will happen in the weeks and months ahead, we certainly know that educational outreach to the larger community is already a clear and pressing need. And we can certainly begin preparatory steps on other action that may be called for in the future.
So we hope many of you will be able to join us this Wednesday evening, January 18, as we discuss the current situation and make plans for 2017. As usual, the meeting will begin at 5:30 pm, and it will take place at St. James Episcopal Church, 1101 N. Broadway, Knoxville 37917.
If you cannot attend, but want to be active with AKIN during this important season, please contact us or sign up for our newsletter. Many tasks and talents are needed.
In the meantime, you can also join AKIN and a number of immigrant and refugee groups who will be marching in the MLK Day parade on Monday. Lineup is at 8:30am. Step-off is at 10am from near the intersection of MLK Blvd & Cruze St. Parking available on side streets. For more details, click here.