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Description of Pictures: The Power of Giving: Social Justice & Philanthropy
You’re invited! Join us on September 21 for the 2023 Power of Giving symposium, featuring a distinguished panel of community organizers, activists, philanthropists, and historians discussing how philanthropy has advanced or impeded social justice, and how this history informs today’s work to create a more just and equitable future.
The day includes panels led by the National Center for Family Philanthropy and the Museum's Center for Restorative History, and a conversation between the president and CEO of the International African American Museum, Dr. Tonya M. Matthews, and the museum’s David M. Rubenstein Curator of Philanthropy, Dr. Amanda B. Moniz.
Other noted speakers include Dillon Delvo, executive director, Little Manila Rising; Abigail E. Disney, filmmaker, philanthropist, and activist; Jessie Jaynes-Diming, president, Tallahatchie Alliance, and board member, Emmett Till Interpretive Center; Dr. Anthea M. Hartig, Elizabeth MacMillan Director; Dr. Modupe Labode, co-director, Center for Restorative History’s Emmett Till Collecting Project; Maggie Loredo, executive director, Otros Dreams en Acción; Kelly D. Nowlin, principal, KDN Philanthropy; David M. Rubenstein, Smithsonian Institution Regent Emeritus; Nicholas Tedesco, president and CEO, National Center for Family Philanthropy; and Edgar Villanueva, founder and CEO, Decolonizing Wealth Project & Liberated Capital.
During the break, artifacts connected to social justice philanthropy will be on display.
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* Dr. Anthea M. Hartig, Elizabeth MacMillan Director
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POGP2_230921_006.JPG: Anthea M. Hartig
POGP2_230921_092.JPG: Isabel Sousa's Hiking Boots and Gaby Pacheco's Nike Sneakers (Trail of Dreams)
POGP2_230921_114.JPG: Friendship Bracelets made at the Detention Center
In 2014, four El Salvadoran girls met in a detention center in Karnes, Texas. Locked up while they waited for their asylum hearing, they held on to their humanity and became fast friends.
POGP2_230921_135.JPG: Moises Serrano's ID cards
When he was 16, Moises Serrano lost his Learners Permit when North Carolina abruptly denied driver's licenses to all undocumented people. In that moment, Moises lost his freedom of mobility-- his ability to go to work, buy groceries, and get to church. As profoundly, he lost his sense of the future being "filled with limitless potential" to one filled with fear and surveillance.
When the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy went into effect, undocumented political organizers fought to secure driver's licenses. But take a second look at Moises's driver's license. Like those of other DACA recipients, Moises's license looked quite different than the standard state-issued license. It's hard to miss the bolded red letters "Legal Presence - No Lawful Status." To Moises, the license telegraphs that he does not belong, that he has no lawful status. Every time he applies for a job, boards an airplane, or fills out a form, he is marked.
Moises donated his license and other materials to the museum because he was exhausted at not being seen as a full and complete person. He wanted us to know that he is more than a legal status-that he has dreams of living a life full of limitless potential.
POGP2_230921_144.JPG: Juan Escalante's T-shirt
Juan waited to wear this T-shirt until he received DACA in 2012. He remembers feeling nervous every time he wore it. For example, Juan wore this t-shirt to his biometric appointment with U.S. Customs and Immigration Services. When he walked in with a T-shirt stating, "I AM UNDOCUMENTED" he could hear people snickering "what is this person doing?" He understood their stress because he was feeling that way too. Like others, Juan wore the shirt to construct dialogue and to show other immigrants that they don't need to be scared by the government. "It was wearing your identity on your chest."
These sneakers belonged to Gaby Pacheco, but they are identical to the ones worn by the entire cohort of the four organizers that walked the Trail of Dreams in 2010. Each member of the group-Isabel, Gaby, Carlos, and Felipe-first purchased these matching sneakers at an outlet mall on Black Friday of 2009 after an extensive research process and consultation with a podiatrist. Their planned route and schedule required them to walk between ten and 20 miles per day over a period of four months, so the right footwear was essential. Soon after starting their walk and needing to bandage their feet due to blisters, they realized the sneakers were insufficient and each purchased a pair of hiking boots, one pair of which is also in this collection, for additional support and durability.
POGP2_230921_148.JPG: About the "Undocumented Organizing Collecting Initiative"
The Undocumented Organizing Collecting Initiative is a five-year project chronicling a signature moment in our nation's history where people without citizenship or the right to vote are changing the nation.
In this way, undocumented organizing echoes three other revolutionary moments in our nation's history that transformed the nature of citizenship: Emancipation, the Woman Suffrage movement, and the Civil Rights movement. In each case, Americans- without the right to vote-successfully placed legislation on the floor of the U.S. Congress. The Smithsonian collected these moments as they occurred, and we are collecting history as it is happening right now.
The initiative collects objects and oral histories from six sites representing this multi- vocal, multifaceted movement: Southern California; North Carolina; Washington, D.C.; Nebraska; Chicago; and Mexico City. As a community-driven movement, undocumented organizing reflects the power of place in creatively harnessing resources. Some places have a long history of immigrant organizing and others do not. Some are urban; others are rural. Some are well-known for immigrant rights, and others
are unexpected. Our intent as public historians is to lay a good foundation for understanding the nuances of undocumented organizing for future generations.
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