ALE LIBRE follows Alejandra — a criminalized organizer and unapologetic “imperfect” immigrant, while she prepares for one of the biggest events of her life, her deportation case, Alejandra is forced to face a past mistake that could tear her apart from her family and the only home she has ever known.
About the Event
Too often, those who claim to support immigrant justice say that there are “good immigrants” and bad ones. Recent arrivals, individuals with prior convictions, Black and Brown immigrants, and border communities, at some time, have all been characterized as expendable or “undeserving.” Our starting point must be the recognition of humanity in every individual; the guarantee of human rights and due process for all, with no carve-outs or exceptions. We cannot compromise a peoples’ humanity and we do not turn our backs on our family members, friends, and neighbors.
Join us to talk about this vision and learn about RAICES Migrant Justice Platform, a unity blueprint which places concrete executive and congressional actions at the forefront of advocacy efforts for our immigrant sisters and brothers. Learn about becoming a Migrant Justice Warrior, where you will join a network of thousands fighting for immigrant rights through activism and help create a lasting impact for immigrant communities in our country.
The discussion will follow a virtual screening of ALE LIBRE, a film that centers the story of someone directly impacted by the harmful narratives that the Migrant Justice Platform strives to end.
Alejandra Pablos, featured in ALE LIBRE, is a reproductive justice community organizer, writer, and storyteller working at the intersections of the criminal (in)justice and immigration systems. Her story received national attention when she was singled out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and was detained for 43 days. As a result, on December 11, 2018 she was given a deportation order by an immigration judge and is actively appealing that decision. She was granted bond and brought home after a nationwide organized community effort that advocated for her release. With the love and support of her community they created the “#KeepAleFree Deportation Defense Campaign”. This campaign travels nationally building networks of solidarity with other communities that are actively working against those that seek to target and violently kidnap millions of people by criminalizing them. The network of solidarity created by the #KeepAleFree campaign encourages others to organize collectively to free and protect people like Alejandra and a million others.
Maya Cueva, Director of ALE LIBRE, is an award-winning director and producer for films and radio. Her work has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, Latino USA, Spotify, The Atlantic, Teen Vogue, and National Geographic and her films have screened at SXSW, Palm Springs International ShortFest, Full Frame Documentary Festival, and DOC NYC. Her short documentary, THE PROVIDER, won an Emmy at the College Television Awards via the Television Academy Foundation in 2015. Maya’s other short animated documentary ONLY THE MOON premiered at Full Frame Documentary Festival in 2019 and won Best Animated film at the Official Latino Film and Arts Festival. Maya was also a recipient of the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, part of the Tribeca Film Institute, in 2019. She was a 2019 Sundance Ignite Fellow, a North Star Fellow part of the Points North Institute, a 2019 Film Independent Documentary Lab fellow, and a fellow at the Jacob Burns Film Center. Her first feature documentary, ON THE DIVIDE, was also selected to be part of the Tribeca Film Institute/A&E StoryLab in 2020. She is currently a 2020 BAVC MediaMaker fellow.
Moderator: Nancy Meza, Nancy Meza is an immigrant rights organizer with 15 years of on the ground organizing experience. She has played key leadership roles in national, statewide and local campaigns to advance immigrant rights and educational justice. After migrating to the United States at the age of 2 from Mexico, she grew up in East Los Angeles; an experience that continues to shape her today. At the age of 15, she became involved in educational justice fights in the Eastside where her organizing framework was shaped. She is currently the National Organizing Director with RAICES spearheading National base building for the organization.
This is a free virtual event co-hosted by Working Films and RAICES.