Author: Joyce W.

This Is What Democracy Looks Like: Immigration

When we think about Immigration one of the first things to come to mind is the American Dream. Unless you are a full-blooded Native American, all of us have had ancestors, or perhaps even ourselves, emigrate to this country. While there are days when it seems like the US government is doing everything it can to squash that dream for the next generation of immigrants, the dream of the pursuit of happiness is alive and well. This month’s “This Is What Democracy Looks Like” tackled the topic of immigration with attorney, Gigi Gardner of the Gardner Law firm. Gigi...

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Come and Get It: Immigration Toolkit is Here!

We wrote this month’s toolkit because we believe immigration is a fundamental part of who America is and our identity to the rest of the world. We believe immigration is important to talk about because at it’s core is the idea of sanctuary. Sanctuary really is central to the formation of the United States, but an inviolate idea common to all people. Hospitals, mosques, temples, churches, synagogues, cemeteries, homeless shelters, schools – all are supposed to be safe places of refuge, and to violate the principles of a nation of immigrants or the sanctity of a sanctuary, is a...

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Immigration: What You Need to Know in March

Ever since the 2016 Presidential Election, immigration has been at the forefront of our national dialog. Unfortunately, this conversation has focused on a wave of vilification not seen since World War 2. Muslims, Latinx and any other group easy to categorize as “other” have been unfairly targeted with policy, derogatory language and hate crimes running rampant across the country. To better understand the issues at hand and identify ways we can all help, Stronger NC is focusing on Immigration for the month of March. From looking at the history of immigration in the United States (after all we ARE...

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How Can You Use Your Privilege?

As we wrap up our monthly focus on Intersectionality, this post caught our eye as a perfect example of what we’ve been talking about this month.   Black kids that have suffered from gun violence have been given a very different response than this group of privileged, mostly white, kids in Parkland.   Why is that and how do we change it? Recognizing this, understanding it, and taking steps to ensure all voices are heard is critical.   In this video clip, Trevor Noah points out part of the answer:  The Parkland Survivors Want to See the Manager Trevor...

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New Toolkit: Intersectionality

The concept of intersectionality has been around for three decades, but many people haven’t heard of it, or if they have, aren’t familiar with the meaning. Intersectionality is a complex term that describes the interconnected nature of social categories such as race, class, gender, and more – and how they create overlapping and interdependent systems of advantage or oppression/discrimination. It explains why, for example, black women may face challenges that neither white women nor black men face – because the sum of their intersecting social categorizations can create a more extreme level of discrimination than other women or other...

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