Welcome to #FridayFinds where our team shares some of the things we are reading, watching, and listening to that are related to our work with the refugee community. Every Friday, we’ll share one thing in each category that you can enjoy over the weekend. We are grateful for you, the passionate individuals who are a part of this community, and hope you’ll also share with us some of the things you’re enjoying!
What we’re reading
Co-written by Julie Schwietert Collazo, the Founder of our nonprofit partner Immigrant Families Together, The Book of Rosy is an unforgettable true story of co-author Rosayra Pablo Cruz’s journey to seek asylum. Facing violence stemming from gangs, crime, and spiraling chaos, Rosy knew her family’s one chance at survival was to flee their home of Guatemala. We’ll let one of the reviews speak for itself: “This wrenching story brings to vivid life the plight of the many families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.” (Publisher’s Weekly) –Jen
What we’re watching
We’re big fans of the entire Little America series on Apple TV+, an anthology of funny, heartfelt, and inspiring stories about the lives of immigrants in the United States. But in particular, we were touched by the season finale, “The Son”: the harrowing story of a Syrian man and his friend who both applied for asylum in the U.S. due to persecution at home for being gay. This episode is an intimate portrayal of a story similar to ones we have heard from the heroes Miles4Migrants donors have helped fly to safe homes. It punctuates the difficult and often painful journeys our heroes have to take but also reminds us that no two processes are the same. –Cat
What we’re listening to
Luvvie Ajayi isn’t afraid to speak her mind or to be the one dissenting voice in a crowd, and neither should you. “Your silence serves no one,” says the writer, activist and self-proclaimed professional troublemaker. In this bright, uplifting talk, Ajayi shares three questions to ask yourself if you’re teetering on the edge of speaking up or quieting down – and encourages all of us to get a little more comfortable with being uncomfortable. –Jen