Friday, December 18, 2009

Celebrate International Migrants Day! Enjoy Digital Stories from Migrants & Allies ONLINE!

On 4 December 2000, the United Nations General Assembly, taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, proclaimed 18 December International Migrants Day (resolution 55/93). On that day, in 1990, the Assembly adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (resolution 45/158)…

Today, please reflect on the many diverse stories of migrants part of YOUR community.

On the Coloradans For Immigrant Rights blog, you can watch 10 digital stories created by 6 immigrants and 4 allies from the Denver area. We screened the 3-5 minute films at the Bug Theater last Saturday. Thanks to YOU over a 150 people filled the theater to honor the truly moving films created during a 3 day workshop facilitated by the Center For Digital Storytelling in partnership with the American Friends Service Committee. The digital stories combined narration, original art, music and images to share their challenges and successes with immigration and creating community in the United States. If you missed the films, enjoy them on our blog or join us at the Rights for All People annual posada from 5:00 – 9:00 pm at Aurora Central High School where the films will be shown before the play.

Here is a teaser, with photos from the workshop:

If you were lucky enough to be at our premier, you’ll LOVE this KGNU interview…

Yesterday, two participants and their stories were featured on the KGNU Denver public radio program, The Morning Magazine. Maeve Conrad, an Irish immigrant herself, asked excellent questions and Daniel Weinshenker and myself, Jordan, enjoyed ourselves as well. You can listen to the radio program here:

The digital stories are produced in English and in Spanish and are available on DVD to share with faith communities, schools and community groups. We are currently working on a discussion guide to go with the stories, so they can be most effectively to help educate and organize around immigrants rights.

Thank YOU for making this project such a success!

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