Want to learn more about immigration?
Check out the following resources online or at your local library.
- Detained and Deported: Stories of Immigrant Families Under Fire by Margaret Regan (Beacon Press, 2015)
- The Right to Stay Home: How US Labor Policy Drives Mexican Migration by David Bacon (University of California Press, 2014)
History of Immigration
- Aspiration, Acculturation, and Impact: Immigration to the United State, 1789–1930 – Harvard University Library Open Collections
- Chinese American, Exclusion/Inclusion – New York Historical Society
- Harvest of Empire, A History of Latinos in America – a documentary by Juan Gonzalez (2012)
Children and Immigration
- Forgotten Citizens by Luis H. Zayas (Oxford University Press, 2015)
- Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America by Roberto G. Gonzales (University of California Press, 2016)
- Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother by Sonia Nazario (Random House Books, 2007)
- 15 Books for Kids About the Immigrant Experience in America – Brightly
Art and Immigration
- The Migrant Image: The Art and Politics of Documentary During Global Crisis, by T.J. Demos (Duke University Press, 2013)
- The Migrant’s Time: Rethinking Art History and Diaspora by Saloni Mathur (Clark Art Institute, 2011)
- Hopes Realized, Dreams Derailed – Spaceworks Tacoma (2017)
- Riding Up Front – A Non-Profit Art Blog Supporting Immigrant Rights
- The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui (2017)
Poems, Essays, and Blogs
- Creativity Has No Borders: Art Against the Immigration Ban by Nancy Spector (Guggenheim Blog, 2017)
- Borderlands, La Frontera by Gloria Anzaldua (Aunt Lute Books, 1987)
- Tell Me How it Ends, An Essay in Forty Questions by Valerie Luiselli (Coffee House Press, 2017)
Find out what’s happening in the community.
Learn more about the groups, events, and people connected to immigration issues in Tacoma and the broader Puget Sound region.
Tacoma Community House
Tacoma Community House is a community-based service center for immigrants, refugees, and long-time South Sound residents seeking enrichment and pathways to self-sufficiency. Visit www.tacomacommunityhouse.org for more information.
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP)
The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project promotes justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and community education. For more information, visit www.nwirp.org
Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) Resistance Group
NWDC Resistance is a grassroots undocumented-led movement that works to end the detention of immigrants and stop all deportations. Find out more about their efforts at www.nwdcresistance.org
Tacoma Refugee Choir
The Tacoma Refugee Choir is a diverse, non-auditioned choral ensemble dedicated to using music’s exceptional power to foster unity, joy, and meaningful action and dialogue. They seek to support and befriend former refugees that now call Tacoma home and to use their voices to advocate for greater compassion for refugees who continue to suffer. To learn more, visit refugeechoir.org
Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation and Park
CRPF is a nonprofit organization that advances civic harmony by way of the Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park. The Chinese garden motif allows the park to stand both as an acknowledgement of the forceful expulsion of the Chinese population by the City of Tacoma in 1885 as well as a celebration of the city’s multicultural past, present, and future. For more information about the organization and details about upcoming events, visit www.tacomachinesepark.org