Stories to Light, Stories That Unite – #GivingTuesday

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Happy #GivingTuesday. CAAM is proud to launch our end of the year campaign on this global day of giving. Our goal is to raise $1,000 or more by the end of today to support our core mission to bring Asian American stories to light through the power of media. Join the movement by donating below at our secure website CAAMedia.org/StoriesthatUnite today through December 31, 2016.

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A message from CAAM’s Executive Director Stephen Gong:

Dear Friends,

As this challenging year draws to a close, I can’t help but reflect on our work and think about the future. Frankly, I worry for many of our fellow citizens who face resurgent racial and religious bigotry. I worry about a widening divide in our country, and the loss of a sense of common ground. Above all, I also know that we can’t retreat into the bubble of shared ideas and an echo chamber of our like-minded social networks. Our work in vital storytelling has always been about reaching the broadest of audiences: to engage, educate and inspire, to build a more inclusive society. We need to expand this work, to reach more people, but we can’t do this without your help.

For the past 36 years, the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) has been steadfast in producing and presenting compelling and innovative stories by and about Asian Americans for a diverse world. We believe that the stories we tell offer insights into Asian American experiences, such as the inspiring voices of the Muslim American youth who have shared their stories, dreams and perspectives through the short films created in our Muslim Youth Voices Project over the last two years.

Screenshot from one of the short films made by the youth who participated in CAAM's Muslim Youth Voices Project over the last two years.

Still from SCREENED, by Iqbal Maxamed from CAAM’s Muslim Youth Voices Project.

Muslim Youth Voices Project
We are delighted to give you a sneak peek of three impressive short films created by youth from Minneapolis and Philadelphia. Click here to watch the films on CAAM’s YouTube Channel.

 

Here are some simple ways you can join CAAM on #GivingTuesday and help us educate, inspire and represent diverse voices:

– Make a tax-deductible donation of any amount to CAAM today, #GivingTuesday or by December 31, 2016

– Encourage your friends and family members to donate to CAAM on our secure website CAAMedia.org/StoriesthatUnite

– How have you been inspired by the stories you’ve experienced through CAAM? Share your story and a picture on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #StoriestoLight and #StoriesthatUnite

– Increase the impact of your gift by requesting a matching donation from your employer. Many companies have matching gift programs, including: AOL, Google, Macy’s and others.

We are resolved to stay focused on this mission to celebrate diversity, build community, and share stories. We believe that ultimately, sharing our authentic selves and experiences ensure that we do not merely exist and tell stories for diversity’s sake, but to effect positive and lasting change in the future of our country.

We cannot do this work without your participation — as members, as supporters. Please donate today. We hope to see you at the 35th Anniversary of CAAMFest as a community on March 9-19, 2017 in San Francisco and Oakland.

Together, we can bring Stories to Light, Stories that Unite.

If you have additional questions or would like more information, please contact Jennifer Chu, Membership Manager at jchu [at] caamedia.org, (415) 863-0814 ext. 102.

Sincerely,

Stephen
 
 
 
 
Stephen Gong
CAAM Executive Director