#FridayFinds: Issue 1

Welcome to our first edition of #FridayFinds where we’ll be sharing some of the things the Miles4Migrants team is reading, watching, and listening to that you can engage with over the weekend. We hope this helps our community learn and grow together. This week, we are sharing resources that are helping us expand our own awareness of racial oppression. We are committed to listening and learning from the pain that the black community has experienced for a long time, and these resources are helping us work toward fixing our own misconceptions. We hope you’ll also share with us some of the things you’re learning from.

What we’re reading

The Other Columbus: Anti-racism work is supposed to be hard

You may have seen the quote from author Scott Woods that has gone viral on social media (again). It begins, “The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex system of social and political levels and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not…” The paragraph, originally published in 2014, continues on to discuss how racism is an “insidious cultural disease.” While this quote is powerful in and of itself, Woods has recently written an article on how we must take on the difficult challenges and uncomfortable work of anti-racism– or else this paragraph will continue to resurface with nothing having changed.

What we’re watching

When They See Us

This award-winning Netflix series tells the important true story of five teens of color who were falsely accused of a brutal attack on a white woman in Central Park. The series unveils how the teenagers were failed miserably by a justice system that claimed to exist to serve and protect them. It also showcases the lasting trauma that stems from a false accusation and jail time. Ava DuVernay, the black female filmmaker behind the series, recently launched an accompanying study guide through her new online education platform, Array 101.

What we’re listening to

Pass the Mic podcast, Episode: George Floyd and an Unjust Nation

This podcast is produced by black Christians for black Christians, and while the dialogue keeps this specific audience in mind, all are invited to listen and learn. In this episode, the hosts discuss how with the recent protests, American society is on the brink of either making progress toward racial justice or reverting back to old practices. How can the black community press on? Who are the leaders? How do black initiatives raise support from their own communities? How can white people offer resources without falling into the destructive “white savior” trap?

How Miles4Migrants helps

We collaborate with a network of global non-governmental organization (NGO) partners who work directly with refugees and migrants to identify and verify individuals who are financially unable to afford air travel. Once our partners submit flight requests, we use donated frequent flyer miles, credit card points, travel vouchers, and cash to eliminate transportation barriers for the most vulnerable individuals affected by war, persecution, or climate disaster. Our goal is to help these individuals reunite with their loved ones and start a new life in a safe environment.

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Support our work

– According to the United Nations, there are currently 108 million individuals forcibly displaced from their homes worldwide.  

– The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that seeking asylum is a fundamental human right. Everyone has the right to life and liberty. Everyone has the right to freedom from fear. Everyone has the right to seek asylum from persecution.

As migration is often the last option for survival, migrants may embark on clandestine journeys, subject to danger, extortion, and inhumane conditions

Once they finally get legal approval for resettlement, migrants face another challenge that makes the journey seem impossible: the transportation costs.

There are many ways for you to get involved and help us continue our work:

You can donate cash to help us cover operational expenses or contribute your unused air miles, credit card points, or travel vouchers to help us book flights for refugees and asylum seekers. Additionally, you can help us spread the word about our cause and our impact on the lives of those we serve.

Every donation, no matter how big or small, has the power to make a difference. Thank you for considering supporting our mission.

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