Not in Our Town: Light in the Darkness

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 8:00pm

Joselo Lucero

Credit: Courtesy of Jackson Hill Photography, LLC

Witness the efforts of villagers to confront anti-immigrant bias and repair the fabric of community life. In Patchogue, New York, an ethnically diverse working-class village in Suffolk County, a series of attacks against Latino residents ended with the killing of an Ecuadoran immigrant who had lived in the village for 13 years. Seven local high school students arrested for the crime admitted they were “looking for a Mexican” to beat up. Over a two-year period, Not in Our Town: Light in the Darkness, airing Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 8 p.m. on WXXI World (DT 21.2/cable 524), follows the Patchogue mayor as he leads a group of residents to confront the anti-immigrant bias in their town and repair the fabric of community life. Latino residents become leading voices for immigrants while working within the community to address local divisions; faith leaders mobilize their congregations; and educators and school administrators develop anti-bias programs.

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