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Changing the Channel on the Immigration Debate


Thursday, April 7, 2011 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)

Changing the Channel on the Immigration Debate

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Are you frustrated that your messages on immigration are not getting across?

Are you keen to learn about strategies and approaches from a proven source?

Join us for a conversation with Frank Sharry, Founder and Executive Director of America’s Voice, former Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum and well-known leader, activist and trainer on messaging and media. You will hear from Frank about:

  • How you can cut through the clutter and harness the media as a tool for supporting immigration;
  • How to position immigrants and refugees as nation builders;
  • Proven strategies of activists in other countries that we can borrow and learn from;
  • How to create effective media campaigns.


According to Frank “Every Western industrialized nation faces the same issues of an aging society that needs migrants, a skeptical public and some hostile media. In supporting migrants, we do face formidable challenges but I'm still optimistic; we just have to focus on bringing together the needs of our societies and the aspirations of migrant families.”


Frank Sharry is a leading advocate on immigration issues. He is the Founder and Executive Director of America's Voice, an organization dedicated to building both public support and political momentum for immigration reform. He founded America’s Voice in 2008 to strategically direct the way in which issues around immigration reform are communicated. Prior to that, he served as Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum for 17 years. The Forum, based in Washington D.C., is one of the nation's premier immigration policy organizations, and has been at the center of every major legislative and policy debate related to immigration for the past quarter of a century.

The evening will be hosted by Ratna Omidvar, President of Maytree who will engage Frank in an informal conversation.







Have questions about Changing the Channel on the Immigration Debate? Contact Maytree

When & Where

The Arts & Letters Club
14 Elm Street
Toronto, Ontario

Thursday, April 7, 2011 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)

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Maytree is committed to advancing systemic solutions to poverty and strengthening civic communities.

We take a human rights approach to addressing the systems that create poverty with the ultimate goal of having social and economic rights safeguarded for all people living in Canada.

Our work supports leaders, organizations and civic communities by developing and sharing knowledge; strengthening learning and leading; and mobilizing action to further social and economic rights.

Poverty • Rights • Change

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