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Building Bridges, Not Walls

When: Through March 23, 2019

As desperate refugees are tear-gassed at the California-Mexico border, the Berkeley Historical Society’s current exhibit, Building Bridges, Not Walls: Berkeley, America’s First Sanctuary City, reminds us that the fight for sanctuary is not new. The society is celebrating Berkeley’s status as a sanctuary city since 1971, when its city council passed a resolution providing sanctuary for sailors aboard the USS Coral Sea opposed to the Vietnam War. The exhibit also includes displays about other city resolutions passed since that time, such as 1985’s sanctuary for Central American refugees, 1991’s acceptance of Arab immigrants, and 2002’s reaffirmation of Berkeley as a “City of Refuge.” Also part of the exhibit are selections from last year’s Building Bridges, Not Walls: Immigrants, Diversity and Internationalism, originally at San Francisco’s Public Library and the Canessa Gallery, spotlighting the role immigrants played in building the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges.

Janis Hashe

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