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Shailly Gupta Barnes: The War on Immigrants is a War on all Americans

In states across the country, cynical politicians are turning a humanitarian crisis into political theater.

October 25, 2022 · 3 Comments

Jyotika Saksena: Common Misperceptions About Refugees

America needs more refugees, not less. 

October 20, 2022 · 3 Comments

Houman Harouni: The Dervish

The postures I held for long breaths by the flow of the Ganges I did not hold to achieve light I held no star in sight as I turned my … Continue reading

September 13, 2022 · 5 Comments

Video: A Woman of No Importance

A noir about a woman at a crossroads of morality and self-interest.

August 28, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: The Facility

Detained inside an infamous American detention center as the pandemic spreads, a group of immigrants organize in protest to demand protection and release from confinement.

August 13, 2022 · 3 Comments

Video: Chuj Boys of Summer

Speaking only his native language, a Guatemalan teenager begins his new life in rural Colorado. A true story starring those who live it.

June 19, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: Green

In this short film which won the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, two undocumented Turkish brothers face the challenges of life in New York City.

May 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

Sandy Solomon: Jewish Immigrant, Michigan, 1885

He knows what his father would say—Throw it back—
so he flings it away, watches it twirl as it falls,
like a star arcing over the stirring grasses.

April 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: Zarlasht Halaimzai | What it’s like to be a war refugee

In this poignant, vital talk, Zarlasht Halaimzai articulates the lingering trauma of being expendable — and shares how belonging to a community can help bring back feelings of long-lost safety.

April 12, 2022 · Leave a comment

Glen Brown: Bubbie

I imagine her escaping Ukraine,
like a small bird 
breaking formation over unfamiliar terrain

March 24, 2022 · Leave a comment

Alison Luterman: She for whom I am named

left Russia at fifteen to follow her betrothed.
Good-bye, skinny chickens and fly-bitten cows,
synagogue leaning on one side, as if to dodge blows
from a Cossack’s boot

February 23, 2022 · 4 Comments

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley: News

our people who do the hard work
of America,
dying as caregivers

February 16, 2022 · 1 Comment

Baron Wormser: “Sweet, ironic” America and Cesare Pavese 

Among the many heartbreaking sentences in the diaries of the great Italian poet and writer Cesare Pavese, these few, at the very end when he was grappling with his love … Continue reading

February 14, 2022 · 7 Comments

Edison Jennings: Flocks of Crowned Spirits

the rich escape to seaside estates                           
sheltering in place a few sanitized days                      
behind elaborate wrought iron gates

January 4, 2022 · 4 Comments

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