Book Talk: Immigrant Trailblazers and Our Fight for Freedom
Prerna Lal, immigration attorney and author of Unsung America: Immigrant Trailblazers and Our Fight for Freedom, will be at Book Woman in Austin Texas on Friday, March 13, 2020.
Please join us for a most timely discussion. After a short talk, we'll have an audience Q&A and books will be available for signing!
Location: 5501 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
Positive and heroic stories. Far too often, immigrants are demonized and scapegoated, when they should be celebrated as heroes and revolutionaries. This book strings together both triumphant and painful tales of immigrants who blazed trails and broke barriers in the fight for fundamental human rights.
Unsung Heroes. These are ordinary people who have used their own stories on the fight for citizenship to illustrate their triumphs and trials as immigrants in a new land. Each uses a different strategy and tactics; what works for one does not work for another. They all have one thing in common, however―a desire for racial and social justice.
Unsung America will change the way you view immigrants and refugees. Prerna Lal, who penned Unsung America, is a naturalized United States citizen, born and raised in the Fiji Islands with roots in the San Francisco Bay Area. A clinical law professor, Lal is a frequent writer on immigration, racial justice, sexual orientation, and how these forces intersect. She is a graduate of The George Washington University Law School, and works as an immigration attorney.
In this celebratory book, you will discover:
Powerful theories of social change, and how what seems radical in one era can be normalized in the next
How the fight for citizenship is interconnected and interrelated to other struggles such as the civil rights movement and the LGBT movement
Stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things and how you, too, can be a force for good in the world
Praise for Unsung America
Over the years, Prerna’s role in “the movement” has changed. They were an organizer and activist who fundamentally changed how undocumented youth organized to fight deportations online, and now they’re an immigration attorney and author. But no matter their role, they have been a thorn in the side of anyone who expects tidy, flattened narratives about immigrants. Unsung America, like much of Prerna’s other work, pushes us to interrogate our violent immigration system and also uplifts the people whose contributions are too often erased. This is the book we all need to be reading right now.”
“Deeply insightful and intentionally detailed ― Prerna Lal has conceived a text that breaks down the inner workings of the United States immigration system and the impact it has had on the lives of countless immigrants and families. Lal lays out a timeline both old and new, that vividly chronicles the birth and impact of certain policies, views, and opinions within the realm of immigration policy.”
-Juan Escalante, Digital Campaigns Manager at FWD.us
The unsung heroes of the 4th American revolution are many. They are the tens of thousands of visionaries who roll up their sleeves each and every day to ensure we make real “for the land of the free and home of the brave.” Many of these heroes are immigrants and refugees and for the first time, their courageous stories are being told. Legal advocate Prerna Lal gives an unflinching look at the lives of those who have quietly changing the course of history and redeeming the soul of America. We who are pro-human would do well to learn from these voices.
-Eric Ward, Executive Director of Western States Center