This #valentinesday, we’re celebrating relationships that defy the commonly accepted limitations of borders and culture, and showcase the power of love to bind communities together. These photographs and interviews gathered by photojournalist and Define American Chapters intern Fernando Jiménez (@polar_vision) help us do just that.
1. Hsar Ree Ree, from Ratchaburi, Thailand & Eder, from Mexico City, Mexico “Both of us know how hard it is to find a network to get to college. Whenever I see him pass on his knowledge to younger students it makes me smile.” - Hsar
2. Daisy from Pomona, California, and Alfredo, from Guanajuato, Mexico “Everything about her makes me smile. Honestly, everything about her.” - Alfredo
3. Avigail from Guanajuato, Mexico / High Point, North Carolina and Lino, from Puebla, Mexico / High Point, North Carolina “I like her independence and the way she makes decisions. She thinks of everyone in the family.” - Lino
4. Liz, from Greensboro, North Carolina & Exel, from Morales, Guatemala / Baltimore, Maryland “Seeing him smile when he walks into the room is one of the many things that makes me happy.” - Liz #valentines#defineamerican
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Thank you, Sydelle (@undocumelanation), for continuing to draw the connection between #21savage’s immigration story, and the larger fight for freedom for millions of non citizens living in America today. Sydelle O’Brien is a regional vice chair of Define American Chapters, attending school at the Community College of Philadelphia. via @blavity#immigration#defineamerican read via the link in the bio!
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Meet our first @dachapters digital interns. This spring semester you'll be seeing stories from Fernando, Mallory and Sam. And here’s a little bit more about them:
Fernando Jiménez of Define American @guilfordcollege Chapter:
Being a part of Define American means that I get to further develop my passion in photography by sharing the stories of immigrants living in my community and starting a conversation about what it means to be an American.
Mallory Moore of @unl_define:
Through being a part of Define American I have learned what it means to be an ally. I used to think that being a good ally was speaking up for others, but that is not what it means. To be a good ally you have to help give others the platform to speak for themselves.
Samuel Tuero of @ruc_defineamerican:
My mother and father are both immigrants from the Dominican Republic, both came at a young age when the laws were different and not as strict as today. Their story is one of sacrifice, love, and hard work; it is the story of immigrants and Americans alike, and it is one I hold close to my heart.
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Repost via @mic: through Define American’s research and the stories collected through our storytelling platform, we contributed to 15 of the real-life accounts referenced by celebrity and activist guests here. While we celebrate @21savage’s release on bond, we also take a moment to reflect on the fact that there are many immigrants with undocumented status without #21savage’s means and legal resources. ICE arrests individuals in these moments, illustrating how indiscriminate this rogue form of law enforcement is, and how these organizations tear apart American communities. #defineamerican
"American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom," a jazz album by John Daversa, featured the talents of 53 DACA recipients from 17 states and 17 countries of origin who have become musical prodigies. “As the grandson of Italian immigrants, this project was very personal to me,” Daversa told the crowd and the home viewing audience watching on Grammy.com. Define American was one of several organizations thanked for helping to organize the amazing group of young people. #grammys#immigration#defineamerican
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in conversation with @freepressaction, an organization dedicated to an independent and diverse media, our Communications Director, Kristian Ramos, explains how mainstream media repeated statements that ICE made about @21savage instead of fact-checking for accuracy. #21savage
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Despite having begun a pathway towards legal status, recording artist #21savage experienced the same level of mistreatment through the media by ICE that so many immigrants have also experienced. via @denearjoseph of the @undocublack network: “It was upsetting to see ICE officials speaking to CNN and other media outlets regarding She’yaa’s detainment. ICE utilizing the media is a tactic—it’s how ICE will control public opinion around She’yaa’s case.
It was extremely disheartening to see that people are more upset at She’yaa for not revealing his immigration status publicly than at ICE for wrongfully detaining him. His refusal to disclose his status was simply an act of self-preservation, a strategy that’s employed by the majority of undocumented immigrants fearful of this exact outcome.”
"Falsehood will fly from Maine to Georgia, while Truth is pulling her boots on.” It’s the media’s responsibility to verify information coming from federal agencies, especially when a person isn’t accused of a crime. We wish these news media organizations had acted in a more responsible manner, and not published verbatim’s ICE’s talking points. Visit the link in our bio to sign the petition to #free21savage. #defineamerican#immigration#21savage#makeamericagreatagain