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Amplifying Sanctuary Voices (ASV) was founded in February 2018 by Lisa Hoffman with support from Manuel de Paz, Sister Maureen Duignan, Aria Fani, Michael Smith, Glenda Pawsey, and Stuart Pawsey. This team of dedicated activists sought to document the rich history of the sanctuary movement while making a connection to current immigration challenges and continuing stories of asylum seekers. With early funding from California Humanities and using archival photos and interviews, we created the Timeline of the Early Sanctuary Movement 1951-1992 and held public events in collaboration with the Berkeley Historical Society and others.


Building on this early momentum, we continued to grow, initiating collaborations with Voice of Witness, Inside the Living Room (ILR), 1951 Coffee, Youth UnMuted, and the UC Berkeley Public Service Center. In May 2019, we received additional funding from the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund to expand the exhibit and activities with a focus on Berkeley residents. With support from the Public Service Center, we recruited two student co-directors, Rebecca Gerny and Matt Matusiewicz, who joined the ASV leadership team. We finalized our exhibit in collaboration with the UC Berkeley Creative Lab and installed it in the MLK Student Union.

2021 - Present

In 2021, ASV created its second exhibit—Bringing Light to Climate Migration—with support from The Green Initiative Fund. With support from the California Arts Council, we also initiated creative partnerships with No Separate Survival and Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

ASV continues to evolve with the creative contributions of many community partners. If you or your organization would like to partner with us, please contact us.

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