August 24, 2017
“It’s really astonishing that in a country founded by immigrants, ‘immigrant’ has somehow become a bad word. So the debate rages on and we continue….” – J. Period, “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)”, The Hamilton Mixtape
The musical Hamilton tells the story of our founding fathers – first and second generation immigrants who built this country – and reminds us of the contributions that immigrants continue to make. It celebrates the diversity that rests at the very core of American values; the diversity which has given this country the license to flourish.
The message in Hamilton rings loudly in these divisive times. Since January 20th, we’ve seen immigrant communities around the country fear for their futures as they face unrelenting attacks by the new administration. The bitter rhetoric and the tacit approval of nativism by the White House has left immigrants more vulnerable than ever.
We’ve seen two Muslim Bans, stranding travellers and denying grandparents and grandchildren from visiting their families. We saw the introduction of the RAISE Act, a bill that aims to cut legal immigration in half and turn our backs on hardworking immigrants seeking better lives. Just last week, we saw a white supremacy rally that took the life of a young woman.
The challenge we face is more daunting everyday.
Empowering our communities to fight against bigotry, hate, and discrimination requires a collective effort. That’s why we partnered with Lin-Manuel Miranda and allied with eleven other incredible non-profits to be a part of the Immigrants: We Get the Job Done Coalition. With song and laughter, we built upon the powerful message in Hamilton to launched the #Ham4All challenge, inviting people around the world to sing their favorite Hamilton song and donate to help provide life-changing support to immigrants and refugees.
The generosity and activism we witnessed over the campaign was overwhelming. Ben Stiller, Kristen Bell, and the cast of Dear Evan Hansen were just some of the over 51,000 people who joined us to fight discrimination and injustice. We even joined in on the fun ourselves!
Your support and positivity over the campaign breathed new wind into our sails as we continue to resist the anti-immigrant agenda. While the campaign is over, the fight has only begun.