We are days away from announcing our full slate of films for the 8th Annual Immigration Film Fest, so be on the lookout for the Schedule section to go live soon.

In the meanwhile, take a look at the following action steps, which you can implement right away:

  • Thursday, October 14, day – BORDERS
      1. Learn more about Border Patrol’s ‘Prevention Through Deterrence’ policy. Learn more.
      2. Write to your representatives about the issue. Write to Congress.
      3. Donate to the South Texas Human Rights Center, which provides humanitarian aid to migrants lost in Brooks County.
  • Thursday, October 14, night – ACCEPTANCE   
      1. Apply to be a sponsor with the Asylum Seekers Sponsorship Program. Learn more and apply here.
      2. Learn more about the refugee resettlement and asylum process. Read and share Refugee Council USA’s (RCUSA) guide.
      3. Donate to support the Afghan Allies Fund with LIRS.
  • Friday, October 15, day – IMMIGRANTS ARE ESSENTIAL
      1. Urge Congress to Adopt Pro-Immigrant Policies in the Budget Reconciliation Bill. Learn more with the National Immigration Law Center.
      2. Tell the Senate to pass the Dream Act of 2021. Submit a letter nowhttps://www.votervoice.net/LIRS/campaigns/80191/respond.
      3. Get involved in the Immigrants Are Essential campaign and spread the word!
      1. Learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month!
      2. Share the stories of Hispanic and Latinx immigrants.
      3. Teach your kids about Hispanic Heritage and help them celebrate through activities and history.
  • Saturday, October 16, brunch –  DIFFICULT DECISIONS
      1. Learn about anti-immigration sentiments through this Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Study, Mainstreaming Hate: The Anti-Immigrant Movement in the U.S.
      2. Report a hate crime or bias related incident in your community.
      3. Share positive immigration stories and the films you like best from the festival!
  • Saturday, October 16, day – RECKONING WITH HISTORY – STOP ASIAN HATE
      1. Commit to anti-racist action by volunteering at, donating to, and advocating for all marginalized people. Find suggestions at https://www.stopasianhate.info/
      2. Report a hate incident.
      3. Learn about Asian American contributions to American culture.
        1.  8 Groundbreaking Contributions by Asian Americans Through History (History)
        2. 25 Must-Read Books by Asian and Asian American Authors (Harpers Bazaar)
        3. What to read, watch or listen to during Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month (UCLA)
  • Saturday, October 16, night – IFF AWARDS NIGHT – WELCOMING THE STRANGER
      1. Co-Sponsor a refugee family through your local refugee resettlement organization. Learn more from RCUSA.
      2. Donate furniture and home set-up supplies to your local refugee resettlement organization.
      3. Check out and support the Refugee Advocacy Lab, an initiative aimed at growing the diverse constituency for US leadership on refugee protection—both at home and around the world. They seek to fill gaps and support the refugee advocacy community by developing and sharing strategic communications resources, supporting inclusive policies, and developing partnerships. The Lab is hosted at Refugees International and co-founded with the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), International Rescue Committee (IRC), and Refugee Congress.
  • Sunday, October 17, day – CHILD MIGRANTS AND TRAUMA
      1. Become a pro bono lawyer and make a difference in the life of a child.
      2. Advocate to your elected leaders on policies to protect Unaccompanied Children. Read and share Kids In Need of Defense (KIND)’s policy recommendations.
      3. Support the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Sesame Workshop’s partnership helping millions of children in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq the support they need to learn, grow and thrive.
  • Sunday, October 17, night – HOPE AND RESILIENCE
    1. Support the Ifrah Foundation for the eradication of FGMC in Somalia and beyond. A Girl from Mogadishu is a true story inspired by the life and work of Irish activist Ifrah Ahmed.
    2. Support local refugee and immigrant artists and small business owners. Start here at the One Journey Marketplace!
    3. Support Entrepreneurship Funds like that of Immigrants Rising, based in San Francisco. Or connect as an investor with global refugee entrepreneurs and refugee-supporting enterprises through the Refugee Investment Network.