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John Fife

Immigration Rights Activist John Fife to Lecture

Posted September 10, 2009
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John Fife, life-long immigration rights activist, will give a lecture, “Civil Initiative: Organizing for Social Change,” on Friday, Sept. 11, at 4:15 p.m., in the Red Pit, Kirner-Johnson Building, at Hamilton College. It is free and open to the public. 

In response to the rising number of deaths on the Arizona border, Fife helped found the Samaritans, a humanitarian organization that provides water, food and medical assistance to migrants in distress. He was also a key player in organizing a diverse group of humanitarian organizations under the rubric of No More Deaths to maintain camps and water stations along the border during the summer months. 

Fife was the minister of Tucson’s Southside Presbyterian Church for 35 years. The church was the first to offer sanctuary to undocumented immigrants from El Salvador in 1981. That launched a movement that eventually provided safe haven to thousands of Central Americans in over 500 churches and synagogues nationwide.

The lecture is sponsored by the Dean of Faculty and the Diversity and Social Justice Project. For more information, contact Janet Turvey at 859-4288 or jturvey@hamilton.edu. Visit the DSJP Web site at www.hamilton.edu/college/dsjp.

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