The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)’s NC Immigrant Rights Program has as one of its main goals to lift up the voices of immigrants to the broader public. Through Storyology: Digital Storytelling by Immigrants and Refugees, AFSC empowered immigrants and refugees by imparting new digital literacy skills, lifted up immigrant stories to share with and educate the public, and also built a community of many cultures within the class. At the end of the class, each student produced a truly impressive work of art, in the form of a 2-4 minute digital story, with the student narrating her/his journey, with background music, and images chosen (and sometimes photographed) by the students themselves.
To view all the student's stories click here
This is a Truman State University news station video about the AFSC Peace Fellows bringing AFSC's Eyes Wide Open exhibit to campus in Kirksville, Missouri. The effort is coordinated by AFSC's office in Kansas City.
(Click story titles for English or Maay Maay version of videos to play)
Somali Bantus Struggle for Freedom
Somali Bantus' legacy of slavery and persecution in Somalia
Halgenki hurnimada ee Somali Bantu
Taariiktii addonsiga ee Somali Bantu iyo sahariirkii waddanka Somalia gudaashe
Somali Bantu Stories
Hunger for education, but police on my feet
Facing police brutality in Baltimore.
Baahadi walbarashada laakiin booliisoo lukta Inka-rooga
Lukulunkii adowtinimada boliistii Baltimore gudaashe
AFSC Staff Stories
My life. My work
Ruben Chandrasekar, Former Program Director (Project Voice - Middle Atlantic Region)
My life as an immigrant leads to work on immigrant/refugee rights
Inspiration for my Voice
Janelle Asiedu, Former Intern, Project Voice (Middle Atlantic Region)
How I became inspired to work with issues on immigration.
See Flickr credits for these stories.
A video project by the American Friends Service Committee documenting its work with youth in Los Angeles.
2 de la tarde en el South Park Blocks
Entre las calles SW Park Avenue y SW Salmon
Join us for a March & Rally on May 1st!
International Workers' Day
From Cairo to Wisconsin to Portland
Immigrant Rights are Workers' Rights!
At the Freedom school, youth explored issues of Racism, poverty, militarism, community organizing and leadership development. This video contains interviews of youth and clips of actual Freedom School dialogues. Many youth attending this Freedom school are now active in Youth Undoing Institutional Racism (YUIR ).
The top winners in AFSC's 2011 "If I Had A Trillion Dollars" contest won a trip to Washington, D.C. They showed their videos on Capitol Hill, then visited their Congressional representatives to lobby for ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and freeing federal dollars for other priorities.