Documentary, discussion of immigration reform at First Churches of Northampton

Last modified: Sunday, March 30, 2014
NORTHAMPTON — The First Churches of Northampton invites the public to attend the screening at 7 p.m. Tuesday of a new documentary, “The Vigil,” by Jenny Alexander, about faith and immigration reform in the U.S.

The film reveals the story of two undocumented Latino mothers fighting to stop Arizona’s controversial “papers please” immigration law. Inspired by their faith and tradition, they lead a grassroots vigil and fight for the rights of immigrants. The film will be played in English with Spanish subtitles.

The screening is part of the “Week of Action” through Saturday led by the Massachusetts Trust Act Coalition. The organization works to raise awareness and support for immigrant rights in Massachusetts and the proposed state law known as the Trust Act. It would direct law enforcement officers in the state not to arrest, detain or transport people for federal immigration purposes.

Tuesday’s event is an opportunity for the community to learn more about the Trust Act and issues involving the immigration reform in the U.S. The Rev. Todd Weir, pastor of the First Churches, hopes the screening will also serve as a bilingual community event.

The event was put together by the First Churches, Iglesa Nueva Vida, Just Communities, and the Massachusetts Council of Churches, with support from the Episcopal City Mission and UU Mass Action.

There will be an introduction by filmmaker Jenny Alexander at 6:30 p.m. at the church at 129 Main St., followed by the screening of the hour-long film and a discussion of immigration reform in Massachusetts.