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Harvest of Dignity: New Documentary About Farmworkers

Posted on July 18th, 2011 by Alejandra Okie No Comments

Harvest of Dignity, a new original documentary about farmworkers in the U.S. recently premiered on the Public Internet Channel (PIC.tv). The Harvest of Dignity film comes on the 50 year anniversary of the acclaimed 1960 film Harvest of Shame, the last televised documentary by journalist Edward R. Murrow that led to permanent changes in the laws protecting workers’ rights.

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Five Myths About Immigration in the U.S.

Posted on July 11th, 2011 by Alejandra Okie 5 Comments

We are a nation of immigrants. In 1990, the U.S. Census asked one out of six households what their ancestry or ethnic origin was. Here’s what they said: German: 15.2 percent, Irish: 10.8 percent, African-American: 8.8 percent, English: 8.7 percent, Mexican: 6.5 percent, Italian: 5.6 percent. Although many of us have an abuela or nonna who came to the United States as an immigrant, in general most of us know very little about the current immigration policy in the U.S. and the impact immigrants have in our society.

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Undocumented Immigrants and the Definition of Being an “American”

Posted on July 4th, 2011 by Alejandra Okie 3 Comments

You may have heard about Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who revealed to the world that he is an undocumented immigrant. When he was 12, his mother sent him to live in the U.S. with his grandparents so he could have a better life. From an early age his hope was that by working hard, making a positive contribution and loving his country he would be able to get U.S. citizenship and be recognized as an “American.”

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