This is the story of young woman growing up in San Diego. The U.S. is the only home she’s ever known, yet, a broken immigration system makes her a second class citizen.
Reply by posting “Immigrants Are U.S.” either to this article or on our Facebook page to have our videographer record your story. We will send our videographer anywhere in San Diego to help you record your story. You will then be eligible to win our grand prize of 2 family photo portrait packages from Vantage Photography! Visit www.ImmigrantsR.us for more details.
By Edward Sifuentes
A local immigrant rights group is conducting a contest asking San Diego County residents to submit stories about how immigrants positively contribute to the community in an effort to counter negative portrayals of immigrants in the country.
The contest, called Immigrants Are U.S., was sponsored by the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium and runs through Dec. 13, said Ricardo Favela, a spokesman for the group. It asks people to submit self-produced videos of up to four minutes via the group’s website, www.immigrantsr.us.
Favela said immigrants have been used as scapegoats for various problems in the country, particularly by politicians heading into the midterm elections. Some candidates for political office ran ads featuring disturbing images of immigrants in an effort to get elected, Favela said.
Our new website, www.immigrantsR.us features the video, Spring Valley Posadas, which is the story of how an immigrant family introduced the Mexican Christmas tradition known as the “Posadas” to a Spring Valley neighborhood, and has since been a unifying celebration for the past 25 years.
SDIRC Announces “Immigrants Are U.S.”
Video contest calls for stories about positive experiences with immigrants in San Diego
Contact: Ricardo Favela
Phone: (760) 468-4519
San Diego, CA: Today, the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium is proud to announce our “Immigrants Are U.S.” online media campaign and video contest.
According to the campaign’s website, “It is well known that in San Diego, immigrant and non-immigrant families work together, play together, pray together and help each other in times of need*. The stories based on these experiences are historic, abundant and commonplace, yet they are rarely shared.”
The website, www.immigrantsR.us, asks visitors to share stories about how immigrants are part of their lives via 3-4 minute videos. The stories must be told by two people and at least one person must be an immigrant. The best story will win a grand prize of two family portrait packages from award-winning Vantage Photography (voted one of the top 5 photographers in San Diego in 2009**). Sharing a story is easy and can be done via webcam straight to our site.
The video contest will last between October 19, 2010 and December 13, 2010.
Please visit www.immigrantsR.us to watch our feature video, Spring Valley Posadas, which is the story of how an immigrant family introduced the Mexican Christmas tradition known as the “Posadas” to a Spring Valley neighborhood, and has since been a unifying celebration for the past 25 years.
Watch the 37 second trailer here.
For more information, please contact us and visit www.immigrantsR.us.
*Based on the findings from a survey of San Diego voters conducted in 2007. 74% of voters agree that immigrants have strong family values, 69% agree San Diego benefits from their strong work ethic, 62% agree they are good neighbors, 59% agree they have strong religious values. Thus, a silent majority of San Diego voters have had positive experiences with immigrants.
** Based on 10News.com’s A-List Contest, Vantage Photography was voted fourth best photographer in San Diego out of the top five.
SDIRC Member Organizations: American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego & Imperial Counties; American Immigration Lawyers Association; American Friends Service Committee; Angeles del Desierto; Catholic Charities; Catholic Relief Services; Center for Social Advocacy; Chaldean Middle-Eastern Social Services; Chicano Federation; City of San Diego Human Relations Commission; Employee Rights Center; Equality Alliance; Escondido Human Rights Committee; Foundation for Change; Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice of San Diego County; International Rescue Committee; Justice Overcoming Boundaries; La Raza Lawyers; National Latino Research Center; National Lawyers Guild, San Diego; San Diego LGBT Center; South Bay Forum