Community dialogues are happening across the country right now, bringing neighbors, lawmakers, students, businesses — all those interested — together to discuss the timely topic of immigration. Salem is no exception.
The House of the Seven Gables has been hosting a lively and informative series of immigration conversations this year. Similar dialogues are occurring in 20 other museums and historic sites as part of the National Dialogues on Immigration Project. The aim has been to foster dialogue on immigration issues among people with diverse perspectives and backgrounds.
The conversation continues at The Gables. Braden Paynter, program associate of the International Sites of Conscience Coalition, North America, the organization that launched the national dialogue, will moderate the next discussion. The event is Thursday, Oct. 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Visitor Center, House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St. Admission and parking are free, and refreshments will be served.
The topic — lessons learned over the course of this unique initiative — promises to be of great interest to Salem and the North Shore, areas enriched by immigrant populations. Previous themes included citizenship and American identity, restrictions and legality, borders and freedom of movement, and civil rights and civil liberties.
These conversations support frank, safe and open discussions about immigration, especially as this human experience unfolds in Salem and surrounding communities.