On Immigration in America and Marin
There’s no shortage of news about immigration issues on the U.S.-Mexico border, but what’s going on in our own community? How have things changed under the current U.S. administration and how is the Canal Alliance responding? What are the facts on the ground in Marin County?
Lucia Martel-Dow will share her line of sight into local immigration issues at our February meeting. As Director of Immigration and Social Services at Canal Alliance, she works to protect the rights of immigrants in our community. Under her guidance, the Immigration Legal Services team provides outreach, education, legal screenings, consultation and representation to thousands of individuals each year.
Born and raised in Venezuela, Martel-Dow was a member of the Venezuelan Foreign Service before moving to Madrid, Spain, where she worked on human rights and immigration policy issues for an international organization serving Spain, Portugal, and Latin America. She moved to San Francisco in 2007, garnering her Master’s of Laws from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and a Master’s in International Law and International Relations from the Universidad Complutense, Madrid. She joined the Canal Alliance in 2015, leading the organization’s effort to help residents navigate the immigration system.
The California State Legislature recognized Martel-Dow for her community service with the 2018 North Bay’s Woman of the Year award.
Chef, author and local culinary superstar
Michele Anna Jordan
Michele Anna Jordan has been exploring and extolling the wonders of Wine Country food and wine since before the region was recognized by the rest of the country as one of the great culinary treasure spots.
She will talk with Dialogue about seasonal offerings in our farmers markets, what makes a great holiday meal, and how to figure out what YOU like (and why) based on your personal palate.
Whether discussing savory winter toppings for polenta, how to make posole for New Year's Day, or the ease of assembling spices to make Chai, one truth runs through her work: It is always better, cheaper and more nutritious when you make it at home. And her second truth: Who shares a table with us has always been more important than what is served.
Michele Anna is a doyenne of food writing, with over 20 cookbooks and as many years of print media work under her by line. She also provides a home for “food nerds” at her KRCB radio show “Mouthful” which has aired for 24 years. Michele Anna’s love of all things cooking began as a child, and grew as she raised her children on a dairy farm in Lakeville, east of Petaluma. During her thirteen years as a professional chef she received numerous awards. In early 1990s, she shifted her professional focus to writing. Michele now lives in Sebastopol.
Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco docent
Marsh Holm will be discussing Gauguin’s life through his art, from his first Salon entry, to the works inspired by Camille Pissarro and Paul Cezanne, to the works in which we see his artistic maturity. She will be addressing not only his paintings, but also works on paper and his wood carvings. And to talk about Paul Gauguin, is to look at and consider his personal relationships.
Marsha Holm has been a docent with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco since 1979. In addition to giving tours and lectures in all areas of the museums’ collections, from Africa to the Pacific Islands, from the Americas to Europe, she has served in several administrative capacities, including new and continuing education for FAMSF docents. She has also assisted in training docents at the Blackhawk Museum, the Oakland Museum and the San Jose Museum of Art in addition to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Angel Island: Exclusion, Inclusion and Our American Immigrant Identity
Executive Vice President
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy managing Partnerships and Programs
Between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, millions of people — in numbers not seen since — came to America in pursuit of a better, freer life. On the east coast most were met by the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. On the west coast between 1910 and 1940, most were met by the wooden buildings of Angel Island. Later, during World War II, Japanese and German POWs were detained there before being sent farther inland.
Today Angel Island is a California State Park. Portions of the Immigration Station have been preserved and can be visited. The walls hold a visible and durable testimony to the anguish of some of the immigrants --- poems carved with a classical Cantonese technique into the wooden walls of the barracks.
Our speaker, Katherine Toy, is a board member and served as the first Executive Director of the Angel Island
Immigration Station Foundation. She now serves as Executive Vice President of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy managing Partnerships and Programs. Katherine’s ancestors traveled frequently between the United States and China in the early twentieth century, subjecting them to the interrogation faced by all Chinese during the era of exclusion.
Coyotes in our Midst- Is Compassionate Conversation Feasible?
Rancher and Wildlife Advocate
These wild creatures are part of farm and ranch life. And they have moved from rural habitats into cities, arriving in populated areas of central and southern Marin in the last 15 years.
We know that native carnivores play a critical ecological role in our natural systems. But they can be frightening when they are close to our living areas. Why are they here? And are they becoming bolder about interacting with humans? Marin ranchers, civic leaders, scientists and concerned citizens are trying to figuring out if human communities can coexist synergistically with this kind of wildlife.
Our speaker Keli Hendricks is a rancher and retired horse trainer. After college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, she became a professional trainer of cow horses, showing and training them for over 15 years. Today Keli lives and works on the 500-acre Bar C R Ranch in Petaluma. Coyotes, eagles, badgers and other wildlife share the pastures with the livestock on the Bar C R.
Keli is an ambassador for Project Coyote, a national non-profit organization based in Northern California whose mission is to promote compassionate conservation and coexistence between people and wildlife.