The acclaimed documentary film 9500 Liberty, a real story about immigration policies on the local level, will be shown on March 16 in the Texas State Capitol Auditorium, 3:00–5:30pm. Admission is free of charge. The film’s creators, Annabel Park and Eric Byler, are founding members of The Coffee Party USA.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Celia Israel of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The panelists, representing law enforcement, business, and faith communities, are Art Acevedo, Austin Police Chief; Jim Reeves, Director of Legislative & Regulatory Affairs for the Texas Nursery & Landscape Association; and Tom Spencer of Interfaith Action of Central Texas.
Quoting from the film website, 9500 Liberty tells the story of events in Prince William County, Virginia, “as ground zero in America’s explosive battle over immigration policy when elected officials adopt a law requiring police officers to question anyone they have ‘probable cause’ to suspect is an undocumented immigrant.”
“This film shows what can happen to business, police and ordinary people when laws create a climate of distrust and fear,” said Eliza May, Policy and Advocacy Director of the ACLU of Texas. “It is important for all Texans to know what the consequences have been in other jurisdictions which have adopted measures requiring local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law.”
This screening and panel discussion are presented by Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas, TRUST Coalition, and 9500liberty.com.