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Human Migration: Policy Possibilities for Public Discussion

The Interactivity Foundation (IF) has recently published a discussion guidebook entitled “Human Migration: Policy Possibilities for Public Discussion.” The guidebook was edited by IF Fellow Ieva Notturno, who also managed the long-term project and two discussion panels that explored and developed the ideas that resulted in the six policy possibilities listed below and further outlined in the guidebook. The discussion panelists initially worked thru a series of fundamental questions and concerns about human migration, including “What could human migration mean? What are the forces that […] (continue)

Immigration in America: How Do We Fix a System in Crisis? (NIFI Issue Guide)

The 12-page issue guide from National Issues Forums Institute, Immigration in America: How Do We Fix a System in Crisis? (updated edition, 2013), outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common. You […] (continue)

The New Challenges of American Immigration: What Should We Do? (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute’s issue guides, The New Challenges of American Immigration: What Should We Do? outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common. The U.S. has […] (continue)

Admissions Decisions: Should Immigration Be Restricted? (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute’s issue guides, Admissions Decisions: Should Immigration Be Restricted? outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common. From the issue guide description… Besieged by […] (continue)

Public Thinking About The New Challenges of American Immigration (NIF Report)

This report, an analysis of results from the 2003-2005 National Issues Forums, presents an examination of people’s thinking as they deliberated together in public forums using the issue discussion guide The New Challenges of American Immigration. The analysis is based on forums held in 41 states, on moderator interviews representing forums in 23 locations, analysis of an online forum, and five videotaped forums. The report is also based on the analysis of 1,073 post-forum questionnaires along with a total of 403 telephone interviews with a national probability […] (continue)

“Hawo’s Dinner Party” Video

“Hawo’s Dinner Party” is a resource to support conversations and actions around building bridges between refugees from Muslim majority countries and receiving communities in the U.S. in the lead up to the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. This 30-minute DVD will serve as a tool for service providers, grassroots community groups and employers nationwide that are helping to integrate newcomers with unique needs, often against considerable obstacles. NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS. Contact sahar@activevoice.net to learn more. (continue)

Crossing Arizona documentary

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law the “nation’s toughest bill on illegal immigration,” (NY Times, April 23, 2010), which aims to identify and deport illegal immigrants from the state. Highly controversial, the immigration issue has been a hotly-debated topic in Arizona politics in particular over the past few decades. Rarely is this debate more thoroughly examined than in the award-winning film, CROSSING ARIZONA, a critical tool in educating students to all sides of this debate. CROSSING ARIZONA, Directed by Joseph Mathew & Daniel DeVivo […] (continue)

Public Agenda

Founded in 1975 by social scientist Daniel Yankelovich and former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, Public Agenda pursues a two-part mission. Drawing on its own research, Public Agenda prepares educational materials that help explain policy to the public in a balanced and easily understood way. Citizens use this information to weigh various choices and make educated decisions. Public Agenda has addressed such issues as school and health care reform, national security, AIDS, crime, economic competitiveness and the environment. Public Agenda is a leader in public opinion research. (continue)

American Composers Orchestra

American Composers Orchestra (ACO) is dedicated to the creation, performance and preservation of music by American composers. Their project, Coming to America: Immigrant Sounds/Immigrant Voices, for instance, linked the symphonic work of immigrant composers to issues of immigration and American identity. Dialogue was used during pre and post-concert talks, in-school activities, and presentations within partner institutions. (continue)

American Repertory Theater

Located at Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA, the American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.) is the Boston area's Tony-award winning professional theater. One of ART's performances, called Children of Herakles, was designed to build people's awareness of the immigration issues that refugees face. Elements of the performance included live testimonials by refugees. Panels on refugee issues were held, as well as pre- and post-performance discussions. (continue)

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