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Adoptee Remembrance Day Vigil for Adoptees Without Citizenship

October 30, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

As part of 🦋 Adoptee Remembrance Day 💛, Adoptees for Justice invites adoptees and allies to a virtual Vigil for Adoptees Without Citizenship on Facebook Live on October 30th from 8-9 pm EST.
🖤 We know too many adoptees in our community who have survived abuse and negligence, who were deported because of the failure of the US government, and who did not survive or are struggling to survive their deportations to countries they left as children where they have no support network and limited access to mental healthcare. Too often, their stories, along with the inherent trauma of family separation that precedes adoption, remain unacknowledged or unknown to those outside the adoptee community.
🕯Join us for a moment of silence, storytelling, and performances by adoptee artists as we collectively mourn, memorialize, and honor the adoptees who have not survived their adoption, deportation, or struggles with mental health. Add a name (or nickname) of an adoptee to be shown during the Moment of Silence: https://bit.ly/3jngOO1 ✊ Together, we will commit to fighting for citizenship and justice for ALL adoptees and ensure that no adoptee is left behind.
Friday, October 30 | 8-9 pm EDT/ 5-6 pm PDT / 6-7 pm MDT / 7-8 pm CDT
📹 Facebook – 🎟 RSVP to this Facebook event or head to our Facebook page and hit “Live” at 8 pm EST!
🌱Adoptee storytellers, poets, and artists
Anissa Druesedow ∙ Ben Coz ∙ Chaelee Dalton ∙ Julayne Lee ∙ Mila Konomos ∙ Rachel Koelzer ∙ Tiana Nobile
Anissa Druesedow

is an activist, mother, and American adoptee without citizenship. Adopted from Panama by an American military family, Anissa was deported several years ago when her daughter, Vanessa, was only 12 years old. She is fighting for the Adoptee Citizenship Act from Panama, and shares her story in order to educate others about the issues faced by adoptees without citizenship. Anissa co-leads the Adoptees for Justice Impacted Adoptee Committee and is a member of the A4J Board of Directors.

Ben Coz/1.5 Iterations is a South Korean adoptee from Minnesota who currently lives in Seoul and performs under the moniker 1.5 Iterations. His music is heavily influenced by folk, indie, punk, soul, and funk music. His lyrics center around adoptee experiences, adoption politics, and social justice. He holds social work values near and dear to his heart and strives for the empowerment of adoptees worldwide.
Chaelee Dalton is a poet and an educator. Born in Uijeongbu, South Korea, they currently live in New York. Their chapbook, Mother Tongue (Gold Line Press, forthcoming February 2021), was chosen by Diana Khoi Nguyen as the winner of the Gold Line Press Chapbook Contest for poetry. They have work published or forthcoming in The Penn Review, Sonora Review, and Impossible Archetype, and they have presented their work at arts and activist events in Seoul, Los Angeles, and New York.
Julayne Lee is a poet, essayist, artivist, art curator and producer. Her debut collection of poems Not My White Savior was on Bitch Media’s Bitchreads: 15 Books Feminists Should Read in March and Entropy’s Best of 2018: Best Poetry Books & Poetry Collections. Not My White Savior has been taught globally in Freshman Lit, Race & Ethnicity, Asian/Pacific Islander American Women and US and Asia: Empire and Racial Liberalism university courses. A Las Dos Brujas & VONA alum and Rooted and Written Fellow, Julayne has read and spoken on adoption at universities and symposiums throughout the U.S. & Korea. You can follow her on social media @julayneelle.
Mila Konomos is a transracial, transnational Korean American adoptee. She has been in reunion with her Korean family for over a decade. She is a poet, performance artist, and activist. Her work has been featured in several anthologies including Flip the Script: Adult Adoptee Anthology, Lost Daughters: Writing From a Place of Empowerment and Peace, Adoption Reunion in the Social Media Age, and Adoption Therapy: Perspectives from Clients and Clinicians on Processing and Healing Post-Adoption Issues. She is also a contributor at the collective writing project, Lost Daughters, discussing the intersection of race, identity, and international adoption. Video of her reunion, “Korean Adoptee Reunites With Her Birth Mother by Jeanne Modderman” is available online at Character Media (formerly Kore Asian Media).
Rachel Koelzer is a Korean-American adoptee, member of Adoptees For Justice, and the vigil emcee. She studies trauma recovery, resilience, & human development — and, furthermore, how these understandings can & do integrate with issues of social justice.⁠
Tiana Nobile is a Korean American adoptee, Kundiman fellow, and recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award. A finalist of the National Poetry Series and Kundiman Poetry Prize, her writing has appeared in Poetry Northwest, The New Republic, Guernica, and the Texas Review, among others. Her full-length poetry debut, Cleave, is forthcoming in Spring 2021 by Hub City Press. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. For more, visit www.tiananobile.com
💻 Read our explainer on why we need the Adoptee Citizenship Act and visit adopteesforjustice.org for ways to take action!
Learn more about Adoptee Remembrance Day founded by Adoptees Connect.


October 30, 2020
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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