Event Recap: The Little Market x Human Rights Watch

The Little Market x Human Rights Watch Event {The Little Market(c)}Dalia Ulloa (of the International Institute of Los Angeles), Aisha Rahmat, Miriam Muscarolas, Grace Meng, Hannah Skvarla (co-founder of The Little Market), and Caitlin Beas (executive director of The Little Market) join together during the Coffee & Conversation event (left to right).

The Little Market is excited to launch a new monthly speakers series, Coffee & Conversation, in the Pacific Palisades in Southern California. We will share more about the artisans we work with, issues their communities endure on a daily basis, and meaningful ways in which we can all make a positive difference. 

On Thursday, June 27, we co-hosted the first installment in the series with Human Rights Watch, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to defending and protecting human rights for all. From investigating abuses to exposing facts to advocating for justice, Human Rights Watch is committed to upholding human dignity.

The Little Market x Human Rights Watch Palisades Village Event {The Little Market(c)}Rahmat (left), Muscarolas (middle), and Meng (right) created an engaging conversation and join together after the event.

Thank you to our incredible panelists, speakers, and audience for joining us. 

Miriam Muscarolas facilitated a thought-provoking discussion on U.S. immigration policy. She is a member of The Little Market’s Council and Human Rights Watch’s Executive Committee in Los Angeles, Calif. 

Grace Meng, a senior researcher of Human Rights Watch’s U.S. Program is an expert on U.S. immigration. Meng discussed how current policies are affecting refugees and families who continue to be separated at the U.S-Mexico border. 

“A much broader overhaul is needed of the US immigration system,” Meng said. “But treating unauthorized immigration as a civil violation rather than a crime would be an important step toward scaling back an immigration enforcement machine that destroys families every day.” 

Aisha Rahmat shared her first-hand experience as a refugee who resettled in Los Angeles from Afghanistan just two months ago.

The Little Market x Human Rights Watch Event in Pacific Palisades {The Little Market(c)}Muscarolas (left) moderates the event as Rahmat (middle) and Meng (right) connect with the audience and later dive into a Q&A session.

Our collective efforts raised $1,500, ultimately advancing the important work of Human Rights Watch. (A matching donation was made for every dollar spent in our Palisades Village store after the event through 1 p.m.) Thank you to each one of you who supports our mission and advocates for social change. 

During the event, we also enjoyed delicious coffee and pastries provided by our friends at Sweet Laurel Bakery, which is located just around the corner from our brick-and-mortar store in the Palisades Village.

The Little Market x Human Rights Watch Event x Sweet Laurel Bakery {The Little Market(c)}Sweet Laurel Bakery generously provided coffee and an assortment of desserts.

For all upcoming events, stay tuned to our Instagram and website for more details and right here on Cultural Exchange for behind-the-scenes looks. 

If you’d like to learn more about the topics discussed at this Coffee & Conversation discussion, here are a few links for reference:

Dispatch – Grace Meng published on US Code, Section 1325
How to Help Children Detained at the U.S. Border

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