BELOIT - As the national debate surrounding immigration continues, YWCA Rock County will join other organizations on April 25 for its Stand Against Racism events across the county with this year's focus being on immigrant experiences.
This year's theme is "No hate, no fear. Immigrant justice is racial justice," and this year's event marks the fourth year an event will be held in Beloit.
The event starts at noon at the Harry C. Moore Pavilion, 1240 Riverside Drive, in Riverside Park.
YWCA Director Angela Moore said the theme focused on immigration was important because of its prominence in the national political dialogue and because "people are suffering" the consequences of negative public perception and legal challenges. For the last 15 years, YWCA Rock County has provided social services and resources to the area's immigrant communities.
"We're trying to highlight the issue of immigration," Moore said. "No matter where immigrants hailed from that we should treat people humanely and fairly. We understand the controversy but if we look at it as a human rights issue, hopefully that will break down some of those barriers."
Speakers at the event in Beloit will include Karen Soto, a Beloit Memorial High School student. María Encarnación and Daksha Howard from Beloit College will share stories of their immigrant experience.
A Janesville event will be held at noon on April 25 at the Rock County Courthouse Steps, 51 S. Main St. Heydi Medrano Ramos, a Parker High School student, Alejandra Godina-Guajardo, and Dr. Joy Ngobi will speak in Janesville.