b-the change: Join Breakthrough at the Left Forum in NYC to see how video and games can be used for immigrant rights

photo courtesy of thejailbreak.com

photo courtesy of thejailbreak.com

This weekend is all about immigrant rights.

Most of us are trekking down to Washington, D.C. to march for immigration reform on Sunday. The two-mile long March for America: Change Takes Courage in our nation’s capital has been organized by the Campaign to Reform Immigration for America to encourage the President and Congress to act now on this issue. Visit Breakthrough’s Restore Fairness blog to learn more about America’s struggle for immigration rights.

However, our Media Manager, Heidi Boisvert, will be speaking at the Left Forum‘s panel on the use of documentary film to encourage progressive imagination. Heidi will be presenting on Breakthrough’s interactive project to eliminate inhumane detention centers, End Homeland Guantanamos, and its effectiveness as a new media tool utilizing videos and games to raise awareness and encourage action.

This year, the Left Forum will take place from Friday, March 19 to Sunday, March 21, and will feature an exciting panel of presenters from the Hunter College IMA graduate program.

Sunday, March 21, 2010
10AM-12 NOON

Pace University – W623
One Pace Plaza
New York, NY 10038

imMEDIAte Impact: Using Documentaries to organize for a New Progressive Imagination

As we enter the 21st Century Media Mosh Pit many social justice campaigns are both creating their own media (both traditional and new media) and challenging mainstream media. This panel will be a provocative conversation about the value and success of creating and using media for change focusing on current experiences. From Homeland Guantanamos — a game designed to spotlight the inhumane conditions being faced by 300,000 people in immigrant detention centers to the documentary Rezoning Harlem which has ignited discussion with grassroots organizations facing the issue of aggressive development in New York City — this panel will explore how we can have a deep and immediate impact on different struggles for justice with traditional and new media tools. Exciting samples will be presented throughout this panel.

Tami Gold (Chair) – Film & Media Studies, Hunter College; Chapter Chair, PSC, CUNY Hunter
Heidi J. Boisvert – Breakthrough
Natasha Florentino – documentary filmmaker
Priscila Néri – Witness

Register to attend today at the Left Forum.

March 18, 2010 by Annie
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