Filipino Migrant Center

  1. Launched a successful campaign with trafficked migrant workers that helped them obtain T-visas and create a tactical coalition composed of community organizations, churches and lawyers.
  2. Co-sponsored the “living wage campaign” in Long Beach, mobilizing community members collecting thousands of signatures and campaigning for a bill that was passed in the popular vote.
  3. Engaged in the campaign to pass a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights through legislative visits, actions in Sacramento and actions in Los Angeles.
  4. Held large community forums on comprehensive immigration reform and DACA (Deferred Action) for dreamers.
  5. Conducts well attended immigration forums and health clinics in Long Beach for low-income families, migrant workers and youth.
  6. Organized and mobilized community youth for a series of Hip-Hop workshops in Carson and Long Beach.

1 Submitted Idea

  • 2013 Grants Challenge

    Moving Voices of Los Angeles

    The Moving Voices of Los Angeles is an audio storytelling project for the digital age. It will preserve the South Bay's immigrant community's stories, transmitting experiences and values to future generations in its own voice. Moving Voices will train audio storytellers from within the community and create an app to modernize the tools and make it easy for others to replicate the project.

    The Moving Voices of L.A will

    • Revive audio story telling as an art form
    • Train community artists
    • Create an app to move the time-honored art form into the digital age
    • Provide access to participation in the arts
    • Weave community stories and experiences that make Los Angeles
    1. Reviving an art form

    Hearing someone's voice is not the typical way we learn about stories. We consume stories largely through visual images. It's time that we train our ourselves to listen. The Moving Voices of L.A is innovative in that it will revive this time-honored way in conveying and receiving the stories of our communities, adding richness to the arts and culture of Los Angeles.

    1. Training community artists

    Moving Voices of L.A will train young adults in capturing stories of their communities through the voices and words from people around them. Every week, field interviewers will capture a story from the 16 cities, diverse ethnic migrant communities that make up the South Bay. Through the community's voice, stories will come alive, guiding the growth of the community. Training and support will be provided by experienced cultural workers with graduate degrees in social documentation, cultural anthropology, public health, and interactive journalism.

    1. Create an app to move the time-honored art form into the digital age

    Technology is making it cheaper and easier than ever to create high quality photographs, video and audio. The Moving Voices app will make audio storytelling snap by guiding an interviewer, organizing audio and making it easy to publish a finished story.

    1. Provide access to participation in the arts

    Moving Voices of L.A gives community members an opportunity to engage in a low-cost accessible art medium through content production ,online publishing to a large audience and a growing community of audio storytellers.

    1. Weave shared stories and experiences

    Each week, individual stories from the diverse immigrant communities of the South Bay will be captured and presented online. These individual stories will be woven into a collective narrative that presents a rich tapestry of how the South Bay came to be, where it is, and where it is going. At the end of the year, a community exhibit and symposium will take place to celebrate the voice of the community.