Ford Foundation commits $4.5 million to 'reclaim the border' campaign

Ford Foundation commits $4.5 million to 'reclaim the border' campaign

The Ford Foundation, Borealis Philanthropy, the Center for Cultural Power, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures have launched a campaign aimed at focusing national attention on migration and reshaping the narrative around the U.S.-Mexico border.

With grants totaling more than $4.5 million from Ford, the Reclaiming the Border Narrative initiative will support immigrants' rights advocates, artists, writers, and nonprofits working to preserve and disseminate stories that reflect the dignity and truth of border communities and empower them to center their own narratives. Over the next three years the partner organizations will regrant the funds from Ford to immigrants' rights organizations in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas; artists, filmmakers, writers, and journalists who live or work along the border; and provide training and technical assistance designed to help improve and expand grantees' capacity to use documentation, storytelling, and other forms of creative expression to advance their organizing and advocacy agendas.

Ford will provide additional support to the Southwest Folklife Alliance to document learnings from the initiative, which will be collected and preserved in an accessible digital archive along with stories from the border and contributions from other communities, advocates, and creatives.

"The truth that runs through all of our work is that directly affected communities are the essential creative force in the larger arc of social change," said Borealis Philanthropy president Amoretta Morris. "In the aftermath of the last four years of extreme anti-immigrant actions and narratives, we must listen to and center the stories, experiences, and wisdom of border communities who are determining their own futures. Borealis is thrilled to support the advocates helping to uplift the voices we need to hear right now."

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