First Parish presents "The Immigration Puzzle"

Social Justice Forum on April 30th

On Sunday April 30th, First Parish Brewster will present The Immigration Puzzle, an educational forum examining various aspects of the issue of immigration, at the Brewster Meeting House, 1969 Main Street in Brewster, MA. Speakers will include State Representative Sarah Peake, Immigration Resource Center Coordinator Collin Mickle, immigration attorneys Sarah Leidel, Esq. and Emily Leung, Esq. and Brewster Chief of Police Richard J. Koch, Jr. The event is part of First Parish Brewster’s Paul Hush Memorial Forum series, named after social activist and Brewster resident Paul Hush. The Immigration Puzzle will begin at 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 30th and is open to the general public, free of charge.

“We felt it was important to present a forum on this theme now,” said Susan Bowser, who is one of the symposium organizers, “Our goal is for all the speakers to educate the audience about the difficult and cruel situation faced by our undocumented neighbors, and to show how we can all play a positive role in improving their lives.” Representative Sarah Peake will speak about S. 1305, the Massachusetts Safe Communities Act, which she has co-sponsored. Collin Mickle, coordinator of the Community Action of Cape Cod and the Islands’ Immigration Resource Center, will present information about the immigrant communities on Cape Cod, both documented and undocumented. From the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts, attorneys Sarah Leidel and Emily Leung will share some of the situations and challenges that their clients now face. Brewster Chief of Police, Richard Koch, will address the current law enforcement circumstances in Brewster. There will an opportunity to ask questions to the panelists, and light refreshments will be served.

The Immigration Puzzle is part of First Parish Brewster’s Paul Hush Memorial series of forums. The series is named after the highly respected social activist Paul Hush, a former member of the First Parish Brewster congregation. In honor of his advocacy and outstanding achievements for social justice causes, particularly affordable housing, Habitat for Humanity has named a Brewster development in his memory.

For more information about The Immigration Puzzle, visit First Parish Brewster on the web: or on Facebook: Admission is free, and advance reservation is not necessary for the forum. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on