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World Refugee Day 

When: Wed., June 20, 6-9 p.m.
Price: free
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Walking a mile — or realistically, hundreds of miles — in refugees’ shoes is likely the best way to understand the plight of people who must redefine the meaning and location of “home.” On World Refugee Day, Berkeley-based 1951 Coffee Company will attempt to make that remarkable experience possible. The immersive event — presented by participants in the nonprofit organization’s programs and art, coffee shop, and barista training outgrowths — will allow visitors to receive randomly assigned identities before navigating a labyrinth of services to establish a new life as a refugee in a foreign land. Along the way, Eritrean coffee ceremonies, Indian chai tastings, Syrian eats, and an exhibition expressing refugee perspectives on resettlement in the United States will make the experience palatable and enriching. With no set entry fee, visitors establish the value found in participation while registering for tickets. How much worth is assigned to understanding, welcoming, and supporting refugees? You decide.
— Lou Fancher

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