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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

BOSTON IMMIGRANTS UNPACK 2020 IN JANUARY STORYTELLING EVENT

 

BOSTON IMMIGRANTS UNPACK 2020
IN JANUARY STORYTELLING EVENT

 

Immigrant storytellers share their personal stories and reflect on 2020

 

BOSTON - While 2020 challenged everyone, immigrants and refugees have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. On January 14, 2021, the City of Boston Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement (MOIA) and the International Institute of New England (IINE) will host a free virtual performance of Suitcase Stories: Boston Immigrants Unpack 2020. During the program, Boston immigrants will share poignant, personal accounts from 2020 and their hopes for the new year.

 

What: Suitcase Stories: Boston Immigrants Unpack 2020

When: January 14, 2021 from 7-8:15pm

Where: Zoom and Facebook Live

 

“Even though we can’t be together in person as much as we’d like, we’re still finding ways to connect,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “There’s something very powerful about storytelling. Through sharing stories we get to know each other better, and in Boston, community is everything.”

 

“For years to come people will tell their stories of 2020. It’s especially important to hear from immigrants and refugees who have been on the front lines to gain a greater appreciation of our shared experiences as neighbors and to understand situations unique to immigrant communities,” said MOIA Director Yusufi Vali.

 

The event will feature storytellers from countries including Brazil, Haiti, Iran, and Senegal. Expected tellers include: Maedeh Marzoughi Ardekani from Boston Medical Center, Miriam Morales, co-owner of Recreo Coffee & Roasterie; and Natalícia Tracy, Executive Director of the Brazilian Worker Center.

 

“The pandemic is only one of many topics from the past year, said creator and director of Suitcase Stories Cheryl Hamilton. “The show will also feature wonderful moments from new additions to families and acts of kindness within communities.”

 

Suitcase Stories: Boston Immigrants Unpack 2020 is on January 14, 2021 from 7-8:15 pm. The event is free and those who wish to attend live on Zoom need to sign up online. The event will also be livestreamed on MOIA’s Facebook page.

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