Migration Is Beautiful

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Meet powerhouse artist/activist Favianna Rodgriguez -- a leading voice in the movement of artists raising awareness about U.S. immigration issues. Favianna is a co-founder of both Presente.org and Culture Strike, two groups pushing back against the wave of anti-immigrant rhetoric and legislation that has recently swept the nation. 

In Part 1 Pulitzer Prize winning author Jose Antonio Vargas explains the ironies of anti-immigration hysteria in a country founded by immigrants. Favianna participates in a visual campaign using the Monarch Butterfly as a symbol of the beauty and dignity of migrants.

In Part 2 Favianna Rodriguez, Culture Strike and Sound Strike to the front lines of the immigration battle in Tucson, AZ. Local human rights lawyer Isabel Garcia illustrates how D.H.S. funnels migrants into the deadly Arizona desert. Activist Roberto Lovato reveals the truth about immigration crackdown and how it is big business for the prison industrial complex. Jasiri X, Invincible, Shining Soul and a group of artistic visionaries come together for a hip-hop/poetry cypher at the U.S./Mexico border before rocking crowds at a pro-migrant music and art jam.

In Part 3 Favianna Rodriguez and crew join the fearless riders of the Undocubus as they arrive in Charlotte, NC -- while the media spotlight shines on the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Artist Julio Salgado explains why the Undocubus activists are there to protest. Later, as the city sleeps, Favianna and a team of artists hit the streets on a clandestine postering mission. As the Undocubus riders plan a direct action protest, artist César Maxit explains the butterfly art he has created to help them express their messages. Favianna, Rosario Dawson and a large crowd join Undocubus riders as they stage their dramatic sit-in street blockade designed to send a message to the President before he accepts his nomination for a 2nd term.

 

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