BENEFITING: HAND IN HAND MANO EN MANO
Immigrants have made amazing contributions to this country, and Maine, for centuries, and still do. But in the current political climate, you wouldn’t know it. Leading politicians in Maine and nationally demonize immigrants, in order to score political points. It’s time to rebalance the debate.
We know it’s possible to shatter myths and generalizations about groups when people are able to see them as individuals and not just as an “other”. The Mainers Meeting Mainers video project will provide virtual introductions of “old Mainers”, many of whom live rurally and may have never personally met a recent immigrant, to “new Mainers”, through the creation of several videos featuring a variety of Maine’s immigrants. As the videos’ featured individuals talk about where they came from, what they do, what they care about, and what they love about Maine, they put a humanizing face on new Mainers.
The videos and accompanying links to facts about Maine’s immigrants and their economic and social contributions to the State, will be used as educational tools in a variety of settings, including in parishes around the State that will be hosting forums and dialogues on immigration in Maine. They will also be publicly available on Facebook™ and YouTube™ so that they can be widely shared.
By providing a counter-narrative to the many voices vilifying immigrants, the Mainers Meeting Mainers video project will help Mainers to question and hopefully reject the current damaging politics of division, and to support laws and policies that encourage immigrants to come and stay and thrive in Maine.
See the first two completed videos here.
(Mano en Mano is the nonprofit fiscal sponsor for this project; your donation receipt will refer to Hand in Hand Mano en Mano.)