Heightening Awareness: First Ethnic Media Roundtable in San Jose

More than 20 media representatives and 10 community organizers gathered on Jan. 17 in San Jose to discuss the role that media can play in the New Americans Campaign.

Radio host and reporter Hana Baba of the local public radio station KALW discusses the importance of human stories in getting out messages about citizenship.

Radio host and reporter Hana Baba of the local public radio station KALW discusses the importance of human stories in getting out messages about citizenship.

The roundtable, hosted by New America Media, featured speakers from SIREN and other local community organizations, who provided information about the New Americans Campaign; two immigrants, one from Taiwan and one from Mexico, who told their personal stories about what citizenship means to them; and an open discussion among members of the media that serve local immigrant populations including Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Korean, Latino and Vietnamese communities.

The discussion focused on the challenges that keep some eligible Legal Permanent Residents from applying for citizenship (from language to financial and psychological barriers) — and the ways that media serving immigrant communities can address these challenges. Among the ideas discussed were the publication of an editorial that articulates the family and community impact of becoming a U.S. citizen. The media roundtable, the first of six to take place in the first half of 2014, aims to engage ethnic media as partners in the New Americans Campaign through participation in roundtable discussions; coverage of the media roundtables and the New Americans Campaign; and the publication of an in-language editorial that informs their audiences about the importance of applying for citizenship and the free resources available to them through the New Americans Campaign.

Posted on January 21, 2014

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  • The Campaign has completed over 3,700 naturalization workshops and clinics.
  • Over 250,000 citizenship applications completed since July 2011.

    Saved aspiring citizens and their families over $206million in legal and application fees.
  • Adopted scalable technology. MP3 players, Google Voice, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services are being used to enhance naturalization service delivery.
  • Expanded New American Workforce (an effort to provide naturalization assistance within corporations) which has partnered with over 100 businesses across the nation, ranging from hotels in Miami to American Apparel in Los Angeles.
  • Deployed Citizenshipworks, an online tool, across the Campaign in multiple settings and languages. A newly redesigned platform guides applicants through through their citizenship application from start to finish and connects applicants to legal help at partnering non-profits.
  • Were instrumental in inspiring the US Citizenship and Immigration Service to support the Citizenship Corners initiative.
  • Created innovative partnerships with public libraries, school districts, universities, social service agencies, and employers, all of which yield not only greater numbers of applicants but also greater awareness of the naturalization process.
  • Deployed a large-scale volunteer recruitment program through an e-learning course.

    Reached diverse communities. Local partners consistently outreach and provide culturally competent and language-appropriate services.
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People come to America from all over the world with dreams of achieving a better life for themselves and their families and calling this great nation home. Eight million people who live, work, and pay taxes in this country are eligible for citizenship, yet only about eight percent of them naturalize each year. Find out more about these individuals and the barriers they face.Read More