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2007

Article: Suzi Steffen, "Their Space: Teen Center Opens to Anticipation, Elation," Eugene Weekly (January 18, 2007). Juventud FACETA's ally LEAD opens its downtown Eugene teen center, Nuestro Lugar/Our Place, developed with JF members' active support.

Amigos and Juventud FACETA participate in the People of Color Action Academy, January 27, 2007, in Salem. The gathering serves to build alliances between Oregon's Latino and African American communities on human rights issues.

In January 2007, Amigos and Juventud FACETA form a partnership with the Trauma Healing Project in Eugene, lending assistance to the Project in its efforts to provide counseling, mentoring, and other services to youth who are survivors of violence and other trauma.

Representatives of Amigos and Juventud FACETA commence work with the Gender, Family, and Immigration in the Northwest Project of the University of Oregon to plan a series of local community meetings leading up to a major conference to be held at the University of Oregon Law School in 2008.

Article: Thelma Guerrero, "Immigration-reform Groups to Gather in Washington, D.C.," Statesman Journal (January 30, 2007). A representive of Juventud FACETA is part of a CAUSA delegation from Oregon joining immigrant rights organizations from more than 30 states for a summit Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2007, to form a unified agenda for winning comprehensive immigration reform and lobbying Congressional offices.

A Juventud FACETA member participates in a University of Oregon panel, February 8, 2007, entitled "One-and-a-half Generation Mexican Youth in Oregon: Pursuing the Mobility Dream," addressing educational and employment challenges facing Latino youth who are new immigrants to the United States.

Two representatives of Amigos and Juventud FACETA are among immigrants from over 30 states in Washington, D.C., to petition Congress for fair, just immigration reform as part of National Days of Advocacy, March 12-13. This trip is made under the auspices of the American Friends Service Committee Project Voice.

Elizabeth Sampedro, member of both Juventud FACETA and the Amigos board of directors, is a recipient of the 3rd Annual Oregon Children's Award for Youth Leaders on April 26, 2007 in Salem. She is honored for her work in helping to create LEAD's Nuestra Lugar/Our Place Teen Center in Eugene, for which she serves as co-coordinator. The Award is given by the Northwest Early Childhood Institute and the Oregon Commission on Children and Families

Amigos and Juventud FACETA join other immigration rights allies for the May 1, 2007, rally at the state capitol in Salem. Afterwards, representatives of Amigos, CAUSA, Community Alliance of Lane County, Eugene-Springfield Solidarity Network, and the American Civil Liberties Union-Oregon join together to visit state legislators' offices to speak against Oregon implementation of the federal Real ID Act and on behalf of the state tuition equity bill.

On May 11, 2007, Amigoa and Juventud FACETA members help to organize and facilitate a community forum and discussion at Eugene's Cesar Chavez School on "Myths and Facts About Latin-American Immigration," an event sponsored by the Gender, Families and Immigration in the Northwest Project, Center for the Study of Women in Society, University of Oregon.

Juventud FACETA members Gabriela Trujillo and Elizabeth Sampedro are honored with Outstanding Latina Student Awards at a community event held for Lane County Latina/o students on May 15, 2007, at Springfield High School.

Several representatives from Juventud FACETA, along with Amigos' Youth Coordinator, join in making a panel presentation on the troublesome experiences of young Latinas and Latinos in the United States at the Eighteenth Annual Cultural Diversity Conference held at Willamette University in Salem on May 24, 2007.

Basic Rights Oregon conducts a well-attended training on "Immigrant rights and the GLBTQ Community" on June 21, 2007, at Amigos' office. (At Amigos' invitation, a BRO organizer as well as two CAUSA interns have begun sharing Amigos' office space.)

A member of Juventud FACETA participates in a panel at the June 21-22, 2007, "Before It's Too Late" conference on prevention of gangs and other high-risk youth behaviors held at Cottage Grove High school. Sponsors include Lane County Youth Services in cooperation with Oregon Youth Authority.

Amigos and Juventud FACETA members attend the 17th Annual Summer School for Union Women and Community Activists, held June 27-July 1, 2007, at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. The annual event, which develops women's leadership skills in addressing social justice issues, is sponsored by the Labor Education and Research Center.

Juventud FACETA tables on immigrant rights as human rights at the 2007 Youth Celebration, July 30, in downtown Eugene. The event is sponsored by the Youth Action Board (La Junta de Acción).

Representatives of Amigos and Juventud FACETA participate with other social justice activists in Western States Center's Community Strategic Training Institute, August 3-5, 2007, at Reed College in Portland. Hundreds of activists from the Northwest region attend.

Amigos and Juventud FACETA join with CAUSA and other local allies at 4J Schools on August 21, 2007, to provide a training on immigrant rights and family emergency preparedness for faith community leaders and others who work with or for Latino immigrant families in the Eugene-Springfield area.

Juventud FACETA and Amigos join Latino community members marching in unity in the Eugene Celebration Parade, September 8, 2007, wearing t-shirts with the message "Yo Soy Americano/I Am American." On September 8-9, Amigos tables for immigrant rights at the Celebration's Community Causeway.

Amigos and Juventud FACETA have a booth offering immigrant rights information at the Fiesta Latina Celebration in Springfield, September 14-16.

CAUSA, Amigos and Juventud FACETA present an immigrant rights and family preparedness informational event for Latino immigrant families residing in Lane County, September 28, 2007, at the Whiteaker School.

"Bailando por Nuestra Libertad/Dancing for Our Freedom." Amigos organizes a benefit event on September 29, 2007, at Whiteaker School to support its immigrant rights work and the activities of Juventud FACETA.

Juventud FACETA members give an invited lecture, "Dia de los Muertos," October 24, 2007, at Maude Kerns Art Center to open up the Center's annnual Day of the Dead exhibit. The youth contribute a traditional Dia de los Muertos altar to the exhibit.

Members of Juventud FACETA present a workshop on immigrant rights as human rights at the Oregon Peacemakers Conference held for middle- and high-school students at Lane Community College, November 14.

Amigos and Juventud FACETA host their annual Las Posadas community event on December 21 at the Whiteaker School, incorporating immigrant rights themes into this traditional holiday celebration for Latino families.

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