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Faith in Humanity

Thanksgiving Day, 10 a.m. to noon.

The Keene Public Library invites you to share time away from the celebration of the Thanksgiving Day with your family, to reflect on the tragic misfortune of Eleazar Ayala and others like him. Even on Thanksgiving, many good people around the world are separated from their families, against their will, possibly for the rest of their lives.

Eleazar is from Manchester, N.H. As a minor he came to the USA 20 years ago from Honduras, fleeing poverty. He has three minor children who are US citizens, but his own status remained undocumented. This summer, he experienced a flat tire on the road in Deerfield. The police arrived, and now he is in a jail, fighting deportation. Meanwhile, his family is struggling in Manchester, N.H, without a father or husband and with no means of income and support.

This incident with Eleazar has hit close to home. It has inspired Keene resident Mohammad Saleh and his friends to organize this event in solidarity with the Ayala family and all who suffer these injustices. This event appeals to the shared humanity of all parents to contemplate the power we all possess to make an impact on social change. Show your willingness to give up something precious - time with your family on Thanksgiving Day. Parents are encouraged to bring children.

Speakers will include Dr. Dottie Morris and Dr. Lawrence Welkowitz from Keene State College. An exhibit of library materials will be available to examine. Normal library operation is closed on this day, due to the holiday but the library will be open for this event between 10 a.m. to noon with a focused discussion between 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. People are welcome to spend any amount of time they can share between 10 a.m. and noon.

This is a non-partisan public event, free of solicitation. People of all backgrounds are welcome. The event is co-sponsored by the Keene Immigrant and Refugee Partnership (KIRP) and the Keene Public Library.

For additional information please call the library at 603-352-0157 or email