Race and Immigrant Rights
In the aftermath of 9-11, our country has seen a steady erosion of basic human rights. Some of our laws have denied basic due process to thousands of people in the United States, and many policies discriminate against people on the basis of national origin, race, religion, or citizenship. Immigrants have borne the brunt of harsh policies, with the U.S. government allowing raids and arrests without warrants, holding thousands in inhumane detention conditions, and deporting people without a fair trial, while people of color continue to face racial profiling and violations as suspects, defendants, and prisoners. We shouldn’t let the government treat anyone like this because denying human rights and due process to some puts all of our freedoms at risk.
Within this context, Breakthrough aims to foster an understanding and celebration of our racial and ethnic differences and to inspire people to create a culture without discrimination and violence. Using exciting and cutting-edge media and technology, our campaigns allow audiences to engage with the issues of race and immigration.
In order to have a broader public dialogue around immigration and racial justice, we must look towards policies that uphold due process and human rights.
We produce media, toolkits and events that emphasize the need to build connections across our many concerns and identities. These include:
• The Restore Fairness campaign is calling on the U.S. government to support fair immigration and racial justice by providing tools for action. Watch our documentary films: Face the Truth: Racial Profiling Across America and Restore Fairness. Please click HERE for our other documentaries on immigration and racial justice.
• Our I AM THIS LAND video contest was Breakthrough’s call for a more positive and open-minded future for our country.
• Video games like, ICED – I Can End Deportation, that puts players inside the shoes of an immigrant to see what its like to have no due process or human rights.
• Interactive sites like Homeland Guantanamo, where you’re the undercover investigative reporter exposing inhumane detention conditions and learn about DHS accountability.
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