A delegation of more than 50 acclaimed writers, visual artists, and filmmakers gathered in Tucson and Phoenix from September 10-16 to kick off a major national arts-based campaign to challenge what they say are punitive, anti-immigrant laws and longstanding federal immigration policies. The CultureStrike delegation toured southern Arizona to learn firsthand what's happening in the state that's attracted so much national attention on issues of immigration and citizenship.
The CultureStrike artists presented: The Culture Shift: Words and Art for Migrant Justice and Immigrant Rights on September 14th in conjunction with the Asian American Writer's Workshop. 10 people shared their work and insights under the stars at Mercado San Augustin.
In part two of a multi part series, 30 Minutes features remarks made at Culture Shift: Words and Art for Migrant Justice and Immigrant Rights. Speakers include cohosts Ken Chen, director of the Asian American Writer's Workshop, and Tucson Pima Arts Council Executive Director Roberto Bedoya. Dine poet Sherwin Bistui reads from his 2009 Book Flood Song. American Book Award winning author Jeff Biggers reads an open letter to Carlos Santana, and author Daniel Alarcon reads from a short story called Second Lives. More information is available at wordstrike.net.