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2009

Amigos board president Patricia Cortez makes a presentation on immigration at the January 7 Oregon Psychological Association meeting at Wayne Morse Ranch in Eugene.

Members of Juventud FACETA attend the annual Martin Luther King Celebration held on January 19 at the Hult Center in Eugene. Will Doolittle, formerly an Amigos board member and now serving on the Amigos Advisory Committee, receives the Eugene Human Rights Commission's 2009 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Leadership Award.

Amigos tables at Temple Beth Israel in Eugene on January 31 in conjunction with the Temple's event on "Alternatives to Guantanamo."

On February 12 the Amigos Advisory Committee is formed to provide advice and support to the Amigos board. The Committee, which includes former Amigos board members and others from the community, will meet quarterly.

The Lane County Historical Museum in Eugene holds the Grand Opening of its exhibit on "Changing Demographics in Lane County." The year-long exhibit, which commenced on February 14, includes the immigration stories of three Juventud FACETA members and their families.

On February 14 members of Juventud FACETA and Churchill High School students organize a social gathering attended by 28 youth.

Juventud FACETA members present "Gender Roles and Immigration" for Shomer Achi, a Jewish student organization at the University of Oregon. Two dozen youth attend this February 19 presentation.

Juventud FACETA members participate in the La Raza Unida Conference held by MEChA at the University of Oregon on February 24. They present a workshop for students on the media's treatment of Latina women entitled "Solo Para Mujeres" and a workshop on "The Impact of Immigration on Students and Schools."

Jewish student group Shomer Achi and Juventud FACETA hold a cross-cultural exchange on March 5, at which JF facilitates a review of immigration history in the U.S.

Members of Juventud FACETA attend the March 14 March for Peace in Eugene organized by Community Alliance of Lane County, and speak on behalf of unity and the end of war at home and in Iraq.

Members of Juventud FACETA attend the Cesar Chavez Celebration held March 19 at the Agnes Middle School in Springfield.

Amigos and Juventud FACETA join hundreds of youth in a student rally on behalf of comprehensive immigration reform on March 20 at the new Federal Courthouse in Eugene. The rally is organized by University of Oregon's MEChA.

Juventud FACETA organizes a March 25 Spring Break field trip to the Portland Zoo participated in by twelve of its members and eleven other Latino students from Churchill High School.

Amigos board president Patricia Cortez is invited to make a presentation on immigration to the Women's Group at United Methodist Church on March 14 following up on her earlier presentation in October.

Juventud FACETA tables at the annual community-wide Latino Family Conference, held April 4 at Springfield High School. Group members also table at the "Take Back the Night" event, held to protest violence against women, at the University of Oregon on April 14.

Members of Juventud FACETA attend "Racial Formation in the 21 st Century," a University of Oregon conference held April 17-18.

Juventud FACETA and Churchill High School students fund-raise at weekend Latino soccer events during April and May to gather funds for a planned weekend campout.

Over 40 Churchill High School youth, including members of Juventud FACETA, are among the 6,000 participants in the May 1 rally and march for comprehensive immigration reform and worker rights at the capitol building in Salem. Support for travel came from Amigos and the University of Oregon's MEChA organization.

Juventud FACETA member and former Amigos board member Elizabeth Sampedro is named a Gates Milennium Scholar by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She is among 1,000 students receiving this award across the country, selected from among 20,000 who applied. The scholarship is given to outstanding, financially needy, students of color and pays for their undergraduate education and mentorship. Elizabeth will study pre-med at Willamette University. (Anne Williams, "Set for College Life," Eugene Register-Guard, May 2, 2009). Elizabeth is now enrolled in a college pre-med program and plans to go on to medical school.

Juventud FACETA members question candidates running for election to the Eugene school board and the Lane Community College board at a Candidates' Forum held on May 12 at Eugene's Cesar Chavez School. Basic Rights Oregon organized the event so that candidates would hear the voices of LGBT youth and students of color. Amigos and Juventud FACETA were among the co-sponsors.

Amigos' Patricia Cortez makes a presentation on immigration for students in the University of Oregon School of Education on May 15 at Jefferson Middle School in Eugene.

Juventud FACETA holds a cultural exchange with Shomer Achi, an organization of Jewish students at the University of Oregon. The two groups visited the Lane Historical Society on May 21 to view and discuss new exhibits on Latino and Jewish immigration to Oregon.

In May, Seryfe Suarez, a member of Juventud FACETA and Amigos board of directors, begins constructing a Juventud FACETA web site for use by group members and other Latino youth. It includes photos, videos, news and announcements. See juventudfaceta.org

Members of student group Shomir Achi and Juventud FACETA do a presentation together at the 2009 University of Oregon Conference on Biliteracy on June 26.

Youth from Juventud FACETA participate in the annual Challenge Course offered by the City of Eugene on July 25, and in the City's river rafting outing on August 22.

Juventud FACETA tables at the Migrant Education Program's Latino Family Night held at Springfield's Moffitt Elementary School on July 30.

Five members of Juventud FACETA join 400 community activists at the Western State Center's Community Strategic Training Institute, held at Reed College from July 31 to August 2.

Members of Juventud FACETA participate in the City of Eugene's Multicultural Festival, held August 6 at Sheldon High School.

Juventud FACETA tables and provides translation and other assistance at McKenzie River Gathering Foundation's annual picnic on August 10 at Alton Baker Park in Eugene.

Juventud FACETA members participate with UNETE in Medford on August 30 in celebrating the"Día del Campesino" and expressing support for farm workers.

Lane County Education Service District's Migrant Education Program and its bilingual staff relocate on September 1 and begin sharing Amigos' office at the former Whiteaker School.

DIVA Art Center in Eugene holds showings of two videos produced by Juventud FACETA, one on human rights and one on youth suicide in the Latino community, on October 10.

Artistic creations by Juventud FACETA members are included in the "Youth Empowerment Project" exhibit at DIVA Gallery in Eugene, September 4 to October 24.

Amigos and Juventud FACETA co-sponsor the 2nd annual Human Rights Harvest organized by Springfield Alliance for Equality and Respect, September 13 at the First Baptist Church in Springfield, and table at Fiesta Latina in Springfield on September 19.

Members of Juventud FACETA do a public presentation about Day of the Dead traditions at Eugene's Maude Kerns Art Center on November 4. Members also create a Day of the Dead altar and make two presentations at the Springfield City Library.

Amigos board member and Immigrant Rights Program Coordinator Guadalupe Quinn receives the Tenison Haley Outstanding Individual Contribution Award at the 2009 Oregon Diversity Institute Conference, held November 5 at Lane Community College in Eugene.

Juventud FACETA's Day of the Dead altar is on exhibit at Maude Kerns Art Center in Eugene from October 16 to November 6.

Victor Becerra, Juventud FACETA member, receives the Oregon Governor's Minority YOUTH Award (Youth Overcoming Difficult Times and Hardship) at a ceremony in Portland on November 16. Two other of our youth group members receive certificates of recognition.

A human rights documentary created by Juventud FACETA is the program centerpiece at the Community Coalition for Advancement of Human Rights 2nd annual Celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, December 10 at Eugene's Cesar Chavez School.

Amigos' highly popular annual Posada celebration, open to all community members, is organized by Juventud FACETA on December 19 at the former Whiteaker Elementary School in Eugene. The traditional event is conducted with an immigrant rights theme, and is combined with celebration of the United Nations International Migrants Day.

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