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2010

Ken Neubeck, Amigos' Executive Director, travels in Oaxaca January 4-14 with a fact-finding delegation organized by CAUSA, Oregon's statewide immigrant rights coalition, to probe and report back on the conditions leading families to seek sanctuary in the United States.

Will Doolittle, Amigos Advisory Committee member and owner of Moving Image Productions in Eugene holds a January 9 training on "Video Camera Basic Skills" for Juventud FACETA.

On January 15-17, JF members participate in the annual MEChA Regional Conference at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, OR.

Amigos Youth Program Coordinator Patricia Cortez and JF members are interviewed on January 20 by Lane Community College's Channel 23 Diverse TV.

On January 27 JF members attend the Cuba Impressions presentation at University of Oregon.

JF members participating in the Lane County Youth Empowerment Project display their art work at the Last Friday Art Walk on January 27 at Amigos. Eighty people attend the display.

Military veterans in Eugene are interviewed and filmed on January 29 by JF members for their new video project on the DREAM Act and the military.

A "Video Editing" training is provided to JF members by Will Doolittle, owner of Moving Image Productions, on February 10.

Art created by JF members is displayed on February 11 in conjunction with Adelina Anthony's "La Chismosa," an event co-hosted by MEChA at the University of Oregon.

Youth Program Coordinator Patricia Cortez trains February 12-14 on Digital Story Telling with the Trauma Healing Project of Eugene as part of JF's upcoming project and collaboration with THP.

On Febuary 18 JF members participate in Latino Family Night at Willamette High School in Eugene and show their video on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

JF members assist as volunteers at the annual Asian Celebration, held at Lane County Fairgrounds in Eugene on February 20.

Amigos hosts Basic Rights Oregon, the statewide LGBTQ organization, for a community gathering on February 14 to address BRO's campaign for marriage equality.

Eugene middle-school Latino students participating in the 4J School System's GANAS program meet with JF members on March 3 to discuss ways they can participate in JF's video project on the DREAM Act.

On March 8, Ken Neubeck, Amigos executive director, Patricia Cortez, Youth Program Coordinator, and JF members join MEChA and other allies in speaking at a Eugene City Council meeting to urge council adoption of a resolution in support of the DREAM Act. The resolution passed unanimously!

JF members lead workshops on March 10 on "The DREAM Act and Militarism" and "Human Rights are Immigrant Rights" at the Raza Unida Youth Conference at the University of Oregon. Amigos board member Lynn Stephen is the keynote conference speaker.

Amigos hosts, co-sponsors, and our staff participate in a training on "Building a Multi-racial Peace Movement" presented by Community Alliance of Lane County on March 19.

Research ethics and interviewing skills are part of the curriculum as JF members begin a series of trainings on March 25 with the Trauma Healing Project of Eugene in conjunction with a collaborative research/action project.

Food for Lane County meets with JF on March 25 to discuss the agency's food drive efforts to collect culturally appropriate foods for Latinos.

On March 25, Amigos sponsors a "Know Your Rights" workshop for fifteen adult Latinos, held at Amigos' office.

JF members train on April 3 to be awarded Research Assistant certification by the Trauma Healing Project of Eugene.

Patricia Cortez, Amigos Youth Program Coordinator, addresses the human rights of youth at Eugene's Hult Center on April 8, as part of an evening program to introduce the upcoming April 10 Human Rights Community Summit. Over 100 people attend.

On April 10, Amigos staff and JF members are among almost 300 participants in the Human Rights Community Summit held at Lane Community College in Eugene. JF presents a workshop on "Human Rights are Immigrant Rights." Amigos is a co-sponsor of the Summit, which is presented by the Eugene Human Rights Commission and the Community Coalition for Advancment of Human Rights.

JF presents its Universal Declaration of Human Rights video to students at North Eugene High School on April 16.

Art created by JF members goes on display on April 16 in conjunction with a Lane County Youth Empowerment Project exhibit at the University of Oregon. JF youth are interviewed for articles published by ETHOS Magazine and the U of O's Daily Emerald.

On April 17, members of JF serve as volunteers at the Cuba Awakening Conference held at the 4J Schools Administrative Building in Eugene. Amigos is a co-sponsor of the event.

Patricia Cortez, Amigos Youth Program Coordinator, speaks and JF members table at the April 29 "Take Back the Night" event held at University of Oregon in support of women survivors of violence.

Amigos participates in the May 1 march and rally for comprehensive immigration reform, organized in Salem, OR, by CAUSA and other allies.

Amigos staff and JF members participate in foundation site visits at Amigos on May 5 by the Penney Family Fund, which is a member of the Common Counsel Foundation, and McKenzie River Gathering Foundation. These two site visits result in grant awards.

On May 8, Patricia Cortez, Youth Program Coordinator, and Guadalupe Quinn, Amigos' Immigrant Rights Advocacy Program Coordinator, make presentations at the Latino Family Conference at Lane Community College in Eugene. Guadalupe also tables for Amigos.

JF members continue filming for their DREAM Act video project May 15-16.

Members of JF participate in the national MEChA conference held May 27-30 at the University of Washington in Seattle.

On June 23, research being conducted by JF with the Trauma Healing Project of Eugene is presented by JF members at a THP meeting held with representatives of the State of Oregon Commission on Children and Families.

Patricia Cortez, Amigos board president, begins a series of special trainings on June 26 in preparation for serving as a mentor at the upcoming one-week Culture Jam Youth Camp in which JF members will participate.

Amigos is co-sponsor and host on July 7 of the first in a series of Know-Your-Rights trainings for the Latino community on worker rights and tenant/landlord rights, presented by the Civil Liberties Defense Center of Eugene.

JF begins practice sessions on July 14 for its workshop on "Human Rights are Immigrant Rights," to be presented at the upcoming Community Strategic Training Institute.

JF members and Patricia Cortez, Youth Program Coordinator, participate July 22-24 in the Trauma Healing Project's Digital Story Telling and overnight camp.

At the invitation of the Lane County Migrant Education Program, JF members make a presentation to families participating in the July 22 Latino Family Night held in Eugene at Mount Vernon Elementary School.

On July 24, Patricia Cortez, Youth Program Coordinator, provides translation services and members of JF assist as volunteers at the McKenzie River Gathering Foundation's community celebration, "Peace and Pie," held at Alton Baker Park in Eugene.

Amigos co-sponsors an immigrant rights rally at Eugene's Federal Building on July 29 at which members of JF speak and then deliver a letter to Congressman Peter DeFazio's office addressing their concerns over Arizona SB 1070 and calling for his support for the DREAM Act in Congress.

Amigos staff and eight JF members participate in Western State Center's July 30-August 1 Community Strategic Training Institute at Reed College in Portland, OR. JF presents a workshop on "Human Rights are Immigrant Rights." This premier annual event provides trainings to over 400 social justice activists and organizers from Oregon and nearby states.

JF members and Patricia Cortez, Youth Program Coordinator, participate in the Culture Jam Youth Camp, a program of the Oregon Country Fair, from August 7-14. This annual event is a "gathering of youth who care about the world and its future" and provides opportunities to meet and learn from a wide variety of youth and adult community activists.

Members of JF travel to Oakland, CA, August 12-13 to participate in the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training's "Money for Our Movements: A Social Justice Fundraising Conference."

On August 30 Amigos co-sponsors and hosts "No Soy El Army," a touring presentation on the DREAM Act and the military invited to Eugene by the Community Alliance of Lane County and organized by the Rural Organizing Project.

Amigos Staff and JF members table on September 18 at the annual Fiesta Latino Celebration held in Springfield, OR.

On August 25, Amigos staff and JF table at the Human Rights Harvest in Springfield, OR, presented by Springfield Alliance for Equality and Respect. Amigos is a co-sponsor.

"Healing Stories: A Digital Story Telling Festival," is presented on September 25 by the Trauma Healing Project at the Wildish Community Theater in Springfield, OR. Amigos staff and JF members are among the participants and are contributors to this powerful program.

Staff from Amigos and JF members participate in the Oregon Latino Summit for Action, held October 17-18, in Salem, OR.

JF members create a Day of the Dead altar honoring the 72 Latinos killed in Mexico in August while trying to get to the United States, an altar on display October 15-November 5 at the Maude Kerns Art Center in Eugene.

JF members present workshops on immigrant rights and the Dream Act for middle and high school students at the 2010 Oregon Peacemakers Conference on October 21 at the University of Portland.

Amigos staff and JF participate in a vigil against human trafficking on December 2 at the old Federal Building in Eugene. Amigos is a co-sponsor of the event which is organized by the women's executive and professional group, the Zonta Club of Eugene.

JF members, trained as interviewers of youth peers by the Trauma Healing Project and partners with THP in its Knock the Trauma Off La Rama Project, present a community forum on bullying to share what they learned, December 9 at the Eugene Public Library.

Amigos participates in the International Human Rights Day Celebration presented by the Eugene Human Rights Commission on December 10 at the U of O Downtown Baker Center.

Amigos' highly popular annual Posada celebration, open to all community members, is organized by Juventud FACETA on December 18 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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