What We Did
Before school closures all across the LA area, the Action Committee aroused a sense of enthusiasm within the school to attend the Women’s March through flyers and articles. Additionally, the team successfully held a Presidential Candidate Forum informing students about presidential candidates and the importance of voting. The Documentary Committee continued to interview resilient women in our community and integrate these interviews into our documentary. Due to the abrupt school closures, our team project took a slight turn. Instead of screening the completed documentary this year, we will create and release teasers on our Instagram page throughout the end of the school year. The documentary will then be screened next school year. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that helping our community is essential in improving the state of the world and alleviating some of the stress present in low-income families. Hence, a portion of our grant money will be donated to organizations that are playing an essential role in vanquishing COVID-19. Through our team’s Instagram, we will promote organizations supporting immigrants during this crisis and share inspirational/self-care posts to encourage positivity and hope.
Through a documentary that gives an insight into the lives of women with experiences with immigration in our community, and by volunteering to support immigrant communities in the LA area, our team will uplift the voices of immigrant women in our community, engage the hearts and minds of people from all backgrounds in and around our community, and do all of this with the goal of shaping LA into an environment that empowers women and values the strength, power, and labor of immigrant women. A collection of interviews and testimonies from women in our community will encourage others to participate and become active in our project. By screening our evocative documentary, we hope to arouse a sense of understanding and knowledge within the people in our community, helping them become aware of the immense value women have always had within them. We also plan to build in testimonies of our own experiences exploring and engaging with the immigrant rights landscape in LA (by volunteering at events, attending marches, registering voters in and around our school, hosting monthly informational events at our school, etc.) to build interest and engagement within our small Lennox community that will hopefully bring our community members into the larger LA community.