Don’t Tell Anyone” and Latina Bosses night
SEPA Mujer, currently housed in Temple Beth El in Patchogue, is a nonprofit that has worked to support immigrant women on Long Island since 1993. “The main goal is to empower Latina immigrant women and our movement is to become leaders in the community and different spaces and raise them up,” said Jessica Reyes of AmeriCorps VISTA, who works in SEPA Mujer’s Patchogue headquarters. “A lot of those we serve are victims of gender-based violence, and our model is to help raise women from survivor to leader; we help women on their paths to citizenship.”
Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center will show the film, “Don’t Tell Anyone,” on Thursday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m., with a Q&A session afterwards, as well as a matinee on Saturday, March 23 at 10:30 a.m. The shows are free.
“It’s a documentary about activist Angy Rivera, who was an undocumented youth; she came to this country at age 3,” Reyes said. “After completing high school and preparing to go to college, her legal status became a huge struggle. You can’t get financial aid or a driver’s license. The title comes from her mother, who was very fearful because she felt Angy could get deported if she spoke out. So it’s about her story, about activism. She was sexually abused when young; the message is, just because you’re contributing to the country, it wasn’t enough until she went through this traumatic experience. So, because of that, she was able to apply for a U visa; it’s immigration relief for certain qualifying crimes.”
The film is an hour and 15 minutes and Rivera will be present after the film is shown Thursday night for a Q&A, as well as the filmmaker Mikaela Shwer via Skype; a reception will follow. This free event is sponsored by Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center, People Power Patchogue and “POV,” PBS’s award-winning film series.
SEPA Mujer is also sponsoring a Latina Bosses night at Toast Coffeehouse, 46 East Main Street in Patchogue on Friday, March 8 from 6-9 p.m. It is SEPA Mujer’s second annual networking event recognizing trailblazing Latina professionals. Speakers will include NYS Sen. Monica Martinez and superintendent of Riverhead Central School District Dr. Aurelia Lucia Henriquez. This event is $35 for members; $45 for nonmembers. Sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 631-980-2555.
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