2016 Convention Weekend

Dear Arkansas colleagues and amigos, 

Thank you to all who have already committed to attend our AUCC 2016 State Convention and Change Agents Graduation Change Champions Dinner! We are thrilled this year to have as our Keynote Speaker Bishop Anthony B. Taylor from the Diocese of Little Rock, the Catholic Church in Arkansas, as well as honor four extraordinary community Change Champions: Jeannette Arnhart (Rogers), Kathy Jarvis and Sister Rosalie Rueswald (Fort Smith) and Isabel Bacon (Monitcello)! Good news, the snow ended statewide today, before the convention, with good melting happening in Central and East Arkansas.  So please continue to plan to come to this weekend’s powerful events!  That said, the below agenda does reflect a later start time in order to make sure that no one has to drive before the sun comes out and allows for the meltage of any black ice. Weather will be in the 40/50s this weekend and sunny in Little Rock, which should ensure also safe rides back. Please note: we would rather you come late on Saturday, rather than not come at all! Because we want to ensure that you have safe travels, we have included logistical information and an accompanying agenda below. Any questions or comments can be directed to AUCC Office Manager, Erick Sanchez 479-387-1360.

Convention & Change Champions Dinner Location: January 23th & 24th – Change Champions Dinner: Arkansas Arts Center, 501 E 9th St, Little Rock, AR 72202. Convention: Arkansas Workforce Center, 5401 S University Ave, Little Rock. AR 72202.

Parking – Arkansas Workforce Center: Free parking provided. Please enter through the BACK entrance off Mabelvale Pike. Look for AUCC and arrow signs for directions.

Arkansas Arts Center: Free parking provided, Please enter through main front entrance, side door will be locked. Follow signs for directions. Free parking is also available at the Arkansas Arts Center.  Please note: the side entrance off the parking lot of the Arkansas Arts Center closes after 5PM. Please enter from the main entrance for the Atrium. Also, please look for signs.

Attire – Business casual on Saturday and Sunday during the day-time would be appreciated. NOTE: If you have a navy blue AUCC Deferred Action T-Shirt from our trip to New Orleans in July 2015, please wear it on Sunday for a group photo! T-shirts will be sale on Saturday for $10.  Semi-formal attire would be appreciated for the Change Champions Dinner.

Hotel Location: January 23rd – Best Western, 8219 I-30, Little Rock, AR 72209. Coming from South or North Take exit 133 for Geyer Springs Rd, Use the left lane to turn left onto Geyer Springs Rd, Turn left at the 1st cross street at I-30 Frontage Rd, Slight left onto I-30 Frontage Rd, and Destination will be on the right.

Agenda:

SATURDAY, JANUARY 23, 2016: ARKANSAS IMMIGRANT ORGANIZING: YEAR-END EVALUATION, LAUNCH OF RAPID RESPONSE & NAVIGATING IMMIGRATION OPPORTUNITIES

10:00 – 11:00

REGISTRATION: Explanation of Social Justice Action

11:00 – 11:15

WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS: Agenda Review, Establish Goals, Celebrate Success (by Mireya Reith, AUCC)

11:15 – 1:30

SIMULTANEOUS ORGANIZING TRAINING TRACKS (GROUPS)

Change Agents (closed, by invitation only): For graduating Change Agents (Lead Trainer: Michel Rangel, AUCC)

Navigators 101 (open): For individuals who wish to learn more about immigration opportunities for Arkansas immigrants & connect them with available resources (Lead Trainer: Luis Huerta-Silva, National Partnership for New Americans)

Family Defenders 101 (open): For individuals who wish to (help) build a Rapid Response System for deportation defense for their respective organization and support affected immigrant families, both in individual & raid scenarios (Lead Trainer: Special Sanders, AUCC)

12:30 – 12:45

WORKING LUNCH: To be taken in group training tracks

1:30 – 1:45

REPORT BACK FROM TRACKS & NEXT STEPS (PLENARY)

1:45 – 4:00

TRAINING OF TRAINERS: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS (PLENARY)

(Lead Trainer: Luis Huerta-Silva, National Partnership for New Americans)

4:00 – 6:00

HOTEL CHECK-IN @ BEST WESTERN

AUCC MASTER NAVIGATORS SUPPLEMENTAL SESSION (closed, by invitation, location TBA, with Luis Huerta-Silva)

5:30 – 7:00

CHANGE CHAMPIONS RECEPTION & DINNER @ Arkansas Arts Center (Paid/ Sponsored Ticket Required)

7:00 – 8:00

CHANGE AGENTS GRADUATION & CHANGE CHAMPIONS AWARDS CEREMONY @ Arkansas Arts Center (Open to all Conference Participants & Their Families)

8:30

SILENT AUCTION FOR EMERGING ARKANSAS IMMIGRANT ARTISTS @ Arkansas Arts Center

8:00 – 10:00

AUCC STATE CONVENTION DANCE PARTY @ Arkansas Arts Center (Open to the Public)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 24, 2016: IMMIGRANT ADVOCACY, STORY-TELLING & ACKNOWLEDGING PREJUDICE: BUILDING POWER AROUND ISSUE PRIORITIES THROUGH ADVOCACY AND CIVIC PARTICIPATION 

8:00 – 9:00

FREE BREAKFAST & CHECKOUT AT HOTEL

9:00 – 9:15

DAY 1 RECAP, DAY 2 AGENDA REVIEW: Re-Introductions & Establish Goals, Revisit Social Justice Action with Invitation to Contribute

9:15 – 10:00

INTERACTIVE EXERCISES: What Does Privilege Mean to You? and Telling Your Own Story

10:00 – 11:00

PANEL DISCUSSION: First-person Stories from Arkansas’ Social Justice Movements

11:00 – 11:30

TRAINING: People Power

SIMULTANEOUS TRACK: AUCC MASTER NAVIGATORS SUPPLEMENTAL SESSION, closed, by invitation, with Luis Huerta-Silva (11:00AM – 12:30PM)

11:30 – 12:30

STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSION, PART 1: Identification and Prioritization of Immigrant- and Social Justice-Concerns; How Can AR Immigrants Add Value to Ongoing Campaigns and Which Campaigns would AR immigrants like to see Advanced in 2016?

12:30 – 12:45

LUNCH

12:45 – 1:45

TRAINING & INTERACTIVE EXERCISE: Winning Campaigns through Civic Participation; Milestones for the 2016 Elections

1:45 – 3:00

STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSION, PART 2: Developing Campaign Plans for 2016 by Issue and By Region in Arkansas

3:00

CONVENTION CLOSE: Final Report Back and Next Steps, Departure to Home Communities

Questions about the Supreme Court’s decision this week? We recommend the below guide, and listen to our very own Change Agent Beatriz Salas share with KNWA news in Northwest Arkansas what this action means to her, and stay tuned for upcoming actions to continue to pressure the Supreme Court to rule with the Constitution by upholding Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA): http://www.nwahomepage.com/news/arkansas-group-supports-immigration-reform