Wrapping up the successful Muslim Women's Story Lab, I'm already well into my newest project: Documented cIRCA 86: Immigration Reform Turns Thirty (cIRCA '86) an oral history and multimedia public engagement project that celebrates the lives and accomplishments of immigrants who were legalized through the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986.
Under this law, more than 2.7 million undocumented residents finally had the opportunity to participate in all that America had to offer. Many of these formerly undocumented immigrants have become some of the most accomplished and important leaders in the United States and we're telling their stories!
By disseminating proud portraits of immigrant Americans that convey the contributions of those once branded as “illegal,” there is an opportunity to invigorate civic engagement, citizenship registration, and community mobilization efforts with framing that lifts up, reaffirms, and insists on the fact that immigrant engagement and contributions make America better.
Some stories we have identified are from: an Iranian immigrant who fled revolution as a teenager and is now Mayor De Blasio’s first Executive Director of NYC's Commission on Gender Equity; a Guatemalan immigrant who started as a dishwasher and is now the second highest rated pastry chef in California; a member of the U.S. House of Representatives with three graduate degrees from Harvard, including an M.D.; a sheriff’s deputy in rural Iowa; a comic book artist from St. Kitt’s; and a bilingual education university professor, among many others.
Do you know anyone documented cIRCA 86? We want to tell their story!
Join our NYC launch!
MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2016 - 6 to 8 PM
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, Rooms 9205 & 9206
Stedroy Cleghorne, IRCA recipient, Visual Artist & Professor, FIT
Mouhamed Kaba, West African DACAmented New Yorker
Azadeh Khalili, IRCA recipient, Executive Director of NYC Mayor’s Commission on Gender Equity
Peter Kwong, Distinguished Professor, Urban Affairs & Planning, Hunter College
We are still in early stages and appreciate all leads on stories, supporters, networks to disseminate the call, orgs to use the materials we create, and funding resources!
For those of you who missed the Muslim Women's Story Lab exhibit, some images are below. Thank you for ALL your support and good wishes.