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Television Race Initiative: "The New Americans" Community Campaign

American Documentary, Inc.

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $118,000
  • Grant Period October 1, 2002–September 30, 2003
  • Location New York, NY, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

Throughout U.S. history, many Americans have felt ambivalent toward immigrants. Tensions are not always between white, native-born residents and newcomers of color. Competition often edges out cooperation in the pursuit of jobs, resources and social services. However, despite these obstacles, effective coalitions are emerging and responding to the challenge in many regions of the country, including California, the Northeast and the Southeast.Funding will support a campaign using high-profile, national television broadcasts to encourage communities to discuss issues of race and take meaningful action. "The New Americans" is a PBS miniseries for 2003 that examines America and the American Dream through the eyes of immigrants and refugees — from Nigeria, India, the Dominican Republic, the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Mexico and Vietnam. Using content from the series, the campaign will help communities in cities and towns across the United States raise and address critical issues related to immigration, refugee migration and interethnic relations; create strategic tools and customized training materials for groups that work with immigrants, especially those committed to building cross-racial coalitions; and expand promising practices of emerging coalitions and organizing efforts, particularly those focusing on racial issues.American Documentary, founded in 1987, is a nonprofit, multimedia organization dedicated to exploring the potential of independent media in public life.