Social Justice and Migrant Stories: I Have a Name

I Have a Name has a website.  Writer Robert Adler and photographer Tom Feher have embarked on a project to document and personalize the stories of people who seek a better life in the United States.

ed107cf648aa759d21b5d52c8b6240b1These are the invisible, the undocumented, the nameless, the ones who hide in the shadows, are fearful of discovery.  Some don’t make it across the border alive.  Others are brutalized and raped.  Most are afraid to tell their story.

They are statistics that distance us from their humanity and ours.  And hinder the United States from passing immigration reform legislation.

Robert and Tom’s project, with the help of  COMI, El Centro de Orientación de Migrantes de Oaxaca, connects us visually through the power of photography and personal narrative to come face-to-face with those who have made or attempted the journey.

More funding is needed to complete the project.  If you are part of or know about an organization that can help, or would like to host or help arrange an exhibition in your city, please contact Tom Feher. Gracias.

4 Responses to Social Justice and Migrant Stories: I Have a Name

  1. From Mary E. Randall, oaxoax@earthlink.net
    I am most appreciative of Beto and Tom’s efforts in this regard, and will be happy to publicize their presentation in my [Oaxaca Lending] library lectures. I have personally known many Mexicans (and their stories) who have entered the States this way.

    From my viewpoint as a californian living in the agricultural San Joaqiuin Valley, I see from an additional perspective.

    It is estimated that there are about one million undocumented people going about ordinary lives in California, mostly without a fear of government intrusion.

    One very serious problem is the young people who entered the country illegally as children, through no fault of their own; they remain in a legal limbo, despite their civic and academic achievements. Many of them are now approaching college age — not to mention needing a Social Security card and driver’s license to get an education and/ or work successfully in the society.

    To that end, President Obama initiated the Dream Act, to help the young people regularize their status. In Modesto, where I live, a generous immigration attorney is volunteering her time to assist the teenagers regularize their status; many local volunteers are helping in this effort. So far, several hundred young people have successfully jumped the governmental hurdles to attain quasi-legal status.

    Indeed, comprehensive reform of immigration laws is necessary. But we must not forget the powerful forces opposed to it, for their own best reasons: the construction, hospitality, small manufacturing, agriculture industries and their lobbying organizations.

    Until dramatic reform is made to the immigration law, people will unfortunately suffer, risk their lives, work in unfair and often illegal circumstances and live marginally.

    Thanks for publicizing Beto and Tom’s efforts.

    Mary

  2. Norma
    You might be interested in the work of Susan Harbage Page, who is on the art faculty at UNC-CH (maybe you already know her.)
    http://susanharbagepage.blogspot.com/

    Felicidades!

    Pat

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