In the wake of a new US administration that systematically demonizes immigrant communities; one word summarizes the state of immigrants – fear. Every day brings news of raids, detentions, and deportations, Immigrants and other disenfranchised communities will continue to suffer as coordinated efforts unfold to dismantle environmental regulations and to undercut public health, public education, and other important public services.
Anti-immigrant rhetoric and sentiment around the globe creates an antagonistic environment in which it becomes difficult to promote healthy, just migration and dignified opportunities for all.
Now, more than ever, we need to tell the true stories about what is driving migration and the many positive contributions that migrants make to the United States and to their countries of origin.
Alianza Americas’ goal is to ensure that migrant communities are treated in a just and equitable manner reflecting the thousands of ways they contribute to economic prosperity and to the rich cultural fabric of both their countries of origin and those to which they migrate.
SOMOS/WE ARE is a collaborative initiative developed by Alianza Americas and its members and allies that focuses on story-telling as a way to share individual stories while bringing to light the positive contributions of the immigrant community.
The SOMOS/WE ARE initiative works with children, youth and adults to promote healthy identities in Latin American youth and combat
xenophobia using discussion, art, music, video, and other cultural expressions to tell the true stories of immigrants, their children, and our
communities 2017 SOMOS/WE ARE Programming includes:
- Speaking tours that bring the realities of Central American women
and children to audiences across the US
- Art programs for youth that allow them to fight back against racism
and xenophobia through their own creativity.
- Children’s camps where kids take pride in their identity through
explorations of art and culture
This campaign launches the week of May 9th, in honor of Mothers’ day in Latin America and the US to symbolize and shine a light on the dangers women and children face along the migration route.
Support a tour near you!
Over the next two weeks, Esmerelda Maya Casillas Garcia, a Mexican Human Rights Activist and Advocate for the Rights of Women in Migration, who works along the Mexico/Guatemala border will tour the US Southeast, from Birmingham Alabama, to Charlotte, North Carolina.
She will only be in the US for 10 days, but the good news is – WE CAN BRING HER BACK. With your support, Maya, along with Neesa Medina, a Honduran Women’s rights activist, will return to the US for another round of visits to the Midwest and wherever we have the most demand in October.
Send a kid to Art Camp:
Last year, we were able to support two art camps in New Jersey and Florida, and a youth art workshop in the Bronx. Other communities hosted art competitions and discussion circles. A few youth participants were selected to attend the Alianza Americas national Assembly in Washington, in November where they spoke about the power of their experience. Now, more groups want to get in on the fun and learning. Donations from the campaign will allow us to expand to underserved areas in the southeast and Midwest where migrant families are coming under daily attack.
Support from our donors is critical.
By becoming a supporter of Alianza Americas, you demonstrate your support for grassroots, migrant-led efforts toward a more dignified and just way of life that preserves the human rights of all people in the Americas. You become an ally in our work! You will be notified of events &
conferences in your area and receive targeted information on our efforts. Become an individual member at the $100 level and receive access to all our reports and toolkits, plus receive free or discounted tickets for our events.
Other ways to get involved with Alianza Americas include:
- Helping us get the word out through social media
- Connect/volunteer with member organizations in your area
- Host an event/discussion with allies and/or community groups in your
Alianza Americas is a network of migrant led organizations and individual members throughout the U.S. that includes a wide range of partners and allies in Latin America. Together our members play an active role in the everyday work carried out by the Alianza both domestically and transnationally.
Stephanie Y Guiloff
Claudia L Lucero-Mead
DANIEL R NEARING
Rocio Alcantar Zamudio
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