What happens when we meet strangers face-to-face? Blanca, a Phoenix-based child therapist and a mother of three children, meets a man and his 13-year-old son from Guatemala who just escaped violence by crossing the border near Yuma, Arizona. He is seeking asylum. The human connection is so powerful if we choose not to look away.Sign up for our email list at facinghumanity.org for updates on our RV trip across America bringing the stories of the migrants to the voters.
Posted by Facing Humanity on Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Our mission is to use video-calling technology to bring refugees, migrants, and other marginalized people from around the world into face-to-face conversation with U.S. voters.
We believe that many of our most difficult policy and cultural challenges such as immigration reform or refugee policies cannot be resolved humanely if the most affected and vulnerable people are seen as the “other” or referred to in demeaning terms. In short, dehumanization is a core problem.
The video calls would be preceded by a short informational video that introduces the context for the conversation, e.g. families separated at the borders. The calls would be followed by resources for taking action towards creating humane policies and an invitation to participate in future actions.
- Document the facts of a political situation that is often riddled with myth and misinformation.
- Use video conferencing to engage the public, media, and lawmakers with face-to-face conversations with the people most impacted and often faceless and voiceless.
- Create portals — digital (an app and website) and analog (popups using a camper) — that would invite people to intimate, humanizing, and informative conversations.
- Film our initial fact-finding and the face-to-face conversations to create branded media content edited for social media distribution.
- Offer an educational resource that would aid reporters, educators, lawmakers, and the general public.
We believe that if we are successful in connecting voters with migrants and refugees at a new level of humanity, the impact would be quite profound for the future. These are our current goals:
- Humanize the people regarded as strangers, foreigners, and “aliens.”
- Educate the public about how and why people become refugees and migrants.
- Appeal to voters to contact elected representatives to advance humane policies.
- Record the conversations and create media content to be distributed through social media platforms.
- Engage the participants and invite them to become advocates for refugees and migrants.
- Present experiences that increase empathy and understanding.
We are working with the Social Good Fund as our fiscal sponsor for 501 (c)(3) grants and tax-deductible donations to support Facing Humanity.
Our goal is to raise $250,000 for the project focused on the immigration crisis.