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Award-Winning Poets to Perform at “Immigrants Contribute” Event This Saturday

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Award-Winning Poets to Perform at “Immigrants Contribute” Event This Saturday

“Immigrants Contribute: America, We Sing Back!” to Feature Performances, Community Resources and Complimentary Food from Local Restaurants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, September 25, 2013

CONTACT: Elliot Imse, Policy & Public Affairs Officer, 202.285.3348, elliot.imse@dc.gov

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The experiences and contributions of DC immigrants will be celebrated at a free event this Saturday featuring award-winning poets, community resources and complimentary food from local restaurants. The “Immigrants Contribute: America, We Sing Back” event – a partnership between the DC Office of Human Rights (OHR) and Split This Rock – will take place from 3pm – 6pm at the All Souls Unitarian Church in the Columbia Heights neighborhood.  

The event will feature a performance by poet Eduardo C. Corral, winner of the 2012 Yale Younger Series Poets Prize and the first Latino recipient of the prestigious award. Performances about the immigrant experience will also be given by numerous local poets, including artist Quique Avilés, an immigrant from El Salvador. Local restaurants will provide complimentary food and a community fair will be held so attendees can learn more about resources available to immigrants and their allies. Additionally, posters from OHR’s Immigrants Contribute event and other artwork will be exhibited.

Immigrants Contribute: America, We Sing Back!

Saturday, September 28 from 3 pm – 6 pm

All Souls Unitarian Church

1500 Harvard Street NW

Washington DC, 20009

More information about the event is available at ohr.dc.gov/wecontribute/event or on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/16y04uH.

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About the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights

The District of Columbia Office of Human Rights (OHR) was established to eradicate discrimination, increase equal opportunity and protect human rights for persons who live in or visit the District of Columbia. The agency enforces local and federal human rights laws, including the DC Human Rights Act, by providing a legal process to those who believe they have been discriminated against. OHR also proactively enforces human rights in the District through Director’s Inquiries, which allow it to identify and investigate practices and policies that may be discriminatory.

About Split This Rock

Split This Rock calls poets to a greater role in public life and fosters a national network of socially engaged poets. Building the audience for poetry of provocation and witness from our home in the nation’s capital, we celebrate poetic diversity and the transformative power of the imagination.