The Immigrant Rights Movement: Advancing Media and Cultural Strategies

Mag-Net hosted a call on media and cultural strategies within the immigrant rights movement. Listen to the discussion:

May 1st marks May Day, medicine also known as International Workers Day. On May 1st, buy 1886, cialis nearly a half a million immigrants went on a general strike to fight for a 8-hour workday.  Over a hundred years later, starting in 2006, again millions of immigrant workers and supporters participated in May Day protests against H.R. 4437, a draconian anti-immigrant bill.   Even today, the majority of May Day protests are led by immigrants.

Currently, the immigrant rights movement is continuing its fight for comprehensive immigration reform--working to create a pathway to citizenship for many of the 11 million undocumented individuals in this country.  At the same time, the corporate media depicts undocumented immigrants as job stealers, lazy welfare cheats, and possible "terrorist" all at the same time.  This false narrative not only hurts immigrant communities, it also impacts our ability to move any transformative policy.  How can the media justice and immigrant rights movements work together more effectively to uplift the stories of those families most directly impacted by bad legislation, border security and deportations? How are the online and office privacy and rights of immigrants being violated by the U.S. Government?

This Digital Dialogue will bring together organizers, media justice activists, journalists, cultural workers and policy experts who are working to advance a immigrant rights agenda that upholds the dignity, labor and human rights of immigrant communities. On the call we will hear about the various storytelling, media making and cultural strategies to advance this fight.

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Moderated by Pedro Joel Espinosa, IDEPSCA & Betty Yu, Center for Media Justice