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Sol Aramendi
Sol Aramendi
Sol Aramendi
Sol Aramendi
Sol Aramendi
Sol Aramendi

 

Stories of Belonging: Central American TPS Workers & the Defiant Struggle to Stay Home in the U.S.

There are approximately 325,000 Central American workers with Temporary Protective Status (TPS) fully employed in the U.S. today, who have resided and worked in the U.S. for more than 25 years. Many of them have mixed immigration family households: their kids might be American citizens, DACA holders and/or undocumented children. Workers with TPS have built their lives in the U.S., owning homes and businesses, working hard, contributing to their communities by paying taxes and engaging in civic organizations, advocating for their children’s future, and fighting for their right to a path to permanent residency and citizenship. They feel at home in the United States — they are at home. “Stories of Belonging” explores the history of their struggle for rights and justice as migrant workers, for union organizing and the right to American citizenship.

 

Historias de Pertenencia: Trabajadores Centroamericanos con Estatus de Protección Temporal (TPS) y la Lucha Desafiante por Permanecer en su Hogar en los EE. UU.

Actualmente, hay aproximadamente 325,000 trabajadores centroamericanos con Estatus de Protección Temporal (TPS) empleados a tiempo completo en los Estados Unidos, quienes han residido y trabajado en los EE. UU. durante más de 25 años. Muchos de ellos tienen hogares con familias con estatus migratorios mixtos; sus hijos pueden ser ciudadanos estadounidenses, beneficiarios de DACA y/o niños indocumentados. Los trabajadores con TPS han construido sus vidas en los EE. UU., siendo propietarios de viviendas y negocios, trabajando arduamente, contribuyendo a sus comunidades, pagando impuestos, y participando en organizaciones cívicas. Abogan por el futuro de sus hijos y luchan por su derecho a un camino hacia la residencia permanente y a la ciudadanía americana. Se sienten en su hogar en los Estados Unidos — están en su hogar. “Historias de Pertenencia” explora la historia de la lucha por los derechos y la justicia para los trabajadores migrantes, la organización sindical y el derecho a ser ciudadano americano.

 

Artist Bios

  • Sol Aramendi

    Sol Aramendi

    Sol Aramendi is a socially engaged artist and educator working with immigrant communities throughout New York. She is the founder of Project Luz, a nomadic program that uses art as a tool of empowerment. Project Luz Participatory Practice promotes change around fairer labor and immigration conditions.

  • Francely Flores

    Francely Flores is an independent photojournalist and educator, born in Houston, Texas (Occupied Karankawa Land) and raised in the Bronx, New York (Occupied Lenape Land). She focuses on documenting the stories of Indigenous peoples; specifically immigrants, and Bronx residents. Her camera is used as a tool to connect with working class community members to support the elevation of their stories by documenting actions of resistance, traditional dances, practices, gatherings, and celebrations.

  • Patricia Campos-Medina

    PhD Executive Director, The Worker Institute, ILR-Cornell. Patricia is the author of the report upon which Stories of Belonging is based.

Organizations

  • Cornell University

    Cornell University

  • Cornell Migrations

    Cornell Migrations

  • The Worker Institute at Cornell University

    The Worker Institute at Cornell University

    The Worker Institute at Cornell engages in research and education on contemporary labor issues, to generate innovative thinking and solutions to problems related to work, economy and society. The institute brings together researchers, educators and students with practitioners in labor, business and policymaking to confront growing economic and social inequalities, in the interests of working people and their families. A core value of the Worker Institute is that collective representation and workers’ rights are vital to a fair economy, robust democracy and just society.

  • National TPS Alliance

    National TPS Alliance

  • Photoville

    Photoville

    Founded in 2011 in Brooklyn, NY, Photoville was built on the principles of addressing cultural equity and inclusion, which we are always striving for, by ensuring that the artists we exhibit are diverse in gender, class, and race.

    In pursuit of its mission, Photoville produces an annual, city-wide open air photography festival in New York City, a wide range of free educational community initiatives, and a nationwide program of public art exhibitions.

    By activating public spaces, amplifying visual storytellers, and creating unique and highly innovative exhibition and programming environments, we join the cause of nurturing a new lens of representation.

    Through creative partnerships with festivals, city agencies, and other nonprofit organizations, Photoville offers visual storytellers, educators, and students financial support, mentorship, and promotional & production resources, on a range of exhibition opportunities.

    For more information about Photoville visit, www.photoville.com

Stories of Belonging | Historias de Pertenencia

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Featuring: Sol Aramendi Francely Flores Patricia Campos-Medina

Presented by: Cornell University, Cornell Migrations, The Worker Institute at Cornell University, National TPS Alliance, and Photoville
  • Cornell University
  • Cornell Migrations
  • The Worker Institute at Cornell University
  • National TPS Alliance
  • Photoville

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