On May 4, 2017, members of Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center and neighbors gathered for a conversation with Pablo Alvarado, one of the nation’s leading immigrant rights activists, who described how President Trump’s policies are impacting undocumented immigrants, how local cities and communities are addressing the problem, and what individuals and organizations can do to help people facing deportation and the break up of their families.

This event was part of a two-week long “Sanctuary Sabbath” program during which a number of religious congregations in Pasadena educate their members about the plight of undocumented immigrants.

The event was covered by Pasadena Now


Local Labor, Immigration Activist: “A Life of Choices in a Life I Didn’t Choose”

“I’ve tried to live a life of choices in a life I didn’t choose,” said local labor leader Pablo Alvarado Thursday evening in a talk to the Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center, as part of a two-week, area-wide interfaith dialogue on the subject of immigration.

Alvarado resides in Pasadena and heads the National Day Labor Organizing Network (NDLON), based in Los Angeles. He grew up in civil-war-torn El Salvador and saw firsthand the pain and fear of injustice… read more

Here is Pablo Alvarado’s talk, in its entirety.

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