EVENT: Book Party - Underground America

CAIR Coalition Fundraiser and Book Party

Wednesday, July 16, 2008 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Busboys and Poets 2021 14th St., Washington, D.C.

The benefit: The Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition Based in Washington, D.C., the CAIR Coalition brings together community groups, pro bono attorneys, volunteers, and immigrants to work for fair and humane immigration policies.

 CAIR Coalition is the only organization in the Washington metropolitan area that provides direct legal services to immigrants being held in detention, including asylum seekers and long-term permanent residents.

The book: Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives

Culled from new interviews, the book's 24 subjects come from around the world (Mexico, China, South Africa, Colombia, Cameroon and others), each offering a vivid, personal, often wrenching and occasionally enraging first-person look into the immigrant experience, what the editor - novelist Peter Orner - calls a "state of permanent anxiety."

Average news-watchers who think they have a grasp on the immigration debate may well find these stories, speaking for millions of invisible American residents, no less than revelatory. (Publishers Weekly, June 2008)

Please join contributors Annie Holmes, Doug Ford and Elizabeth McGrail (CAIR Coalition's former Legal Director) as they read and discuss excerpts from this powerful collection, published by McSweeneys in the Voice of Witness series.

There is no cover charge, but you will have the opportunity to make a donation to support the work of the CAIR Coalition and to buy copies of the book. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from Busboys and Poets. For more information about this special event, please contact Kathy Doan, Executive Director, CAIR Coalition, 202-331-3320, ex. 22; kathy.doan@caircoalition.org