Monday, November 23rd, 2015, 6:30 pm
Screening of “Empire of Dreams” followed by Panel Discussion with Special Guest Speakers, Author and Reporter, Juan Gonzalez, and Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, Executive Director for Legal Initiatives, Maribel Hernandez Rivera
From the PBS Series “Latino Americans,” Empire of Dreams (1880-1942) describes how widespread immigration to the U.S. from Latin countries begins – first with a small group from Cuba, then a larger one from Mexico. Both flee chaos and violence in their home country and are attracted by opportunities in the United States. In 1898, the U.S. helps liberate Cuba and Puerto Rico from Spain but then seizes Puerto Rico as its colony. The first Puerto Rican arrivals (now U.S. citizens) establish a network in New York.
During the 1920s, immigration is encouraged with the expanding U.S. economy. Mexicans and Mexican Americans build a thriving community in Los Angeles and look forward to a bright future. But when the economic boom of the 1920s ends with the catastrophic Depression of the thirties, the pendulum swings. Immigrants encouraged to immigrate in the 20s are deported en masse in the 30s. http://www.pbs.org/latino-americans/en/
Location: KJCC Auditorium, 53 Washington Square South, New York, NY, 10012