Define American is a non-profit media and culture organization that uses the power of story to transcend politics and shift the conversation about immigrants, identity, and citizenship in a changing America.
Started 3 petitions
Netflix: Renew "One Day at a Time"
At a time when half of all Latino immigrants on television are portrayed as criminals, we desperately need art to help foster more inclusive, empathetic storytelling. Our entertainment shapes our view of the world. It must be reflective of the totality of our country. By telling underrepresented stories, we forge a greater cultural understanding, which benefits society as a whole. At Define American, we believe in the power of culture change as a means to fight anti-immigrant hatred and foster a more empathetic America. We emphatically believe that representation matters. Netflix’s-original comedy-drama, "One Day at a Time," is the type of programing that helps foster conversation and helps forge a more perfect union in a country bitterly divided. Whether it is a daughter grappling with coming out to her father or a son struggling with his Latino identity in Trump’s America, “One Day at A Time” explores identity in an organic and heartfelt way. We strongly urge Netflix to renew “One Day At A Time.”
Tell First Lady Melania Trump: Stand With Immigrant Families - Like Yours!!!
Melania Trump used visa opposed by her husband to get her parents' citizenship President Donald Trump's in-laws are officially United States citizens. Melania Trump sponsored her parents for their green cards, a status that allowed them to live and work in the US indefinitely and allowed them to become citizens. This type of family visa is exactly one of the categories that Trump and his allies have tried to repeal, saying they are harmful to the US. The President has harshly criticized family-based migration and regularly refers to it as "chain migration.” Melania Can Speak Out For Immigrant Families Like Hers Family reunification visas are vital to our legal system, if it is good enough for the First Lady, why is it bad for everyone else? We want Melania to stand beside her immigrant family and tell her immigration story, shedding light on the many reasons families migrate and the importance of keeping families together in communities, not prisons. Melania has the power to personally speak out asking the president to reunite separated families and stop putting families in detention. Will you sign your name asking our First Lady to personally speak out on behalf of immigrant families?
Call on CNN to keep its word and drop “illegal immigrant”
Less than 48 hours after promising to reissue its editorial guidelines prohibiting the use of the terms “illegal immigrant” and “illegal alien,” CNN debate moderator Jake Tapper used the term in reference to undocumented immigrants in the September 16th Republican debate. In addition, the network has refused to confirm its promise to drop the inaccurate language. According to the Huffington Post, CNN has used the term “illegal immigrant” or “illegal alien” a total of 1,634 times, out of 1,995 times in the past year. CNN pledged to finally drop this language if our original petition was taken down - with the network’s refusal to publicly affirm this promise and its use on the network’s high-profile debate tonight, we are re-opening our campaign. We call on CNN to publicly confirm that it will no longer use the terms “illegal immigrant” or “illegal alien” in reference to undocumented immigrants. The content of our speech leads to actions - the rising racist and xenophobic debate around immigrants has been followed by attacks on immigrants in recent weeks, and the term “illegal” is also factually flawed. Being in the U.S. without proper documents is a civil offense, not a criminal one. Many other leading media outlets, including the Associated Press and ABC, have already adjusted their editorial guidelines to prohibit the use of “illegal” when referring to undocumented immigrants. As an influential media outlet, we call on CNN to do the same. Tell CNN: Keeping your word matters as much as #WordsMatter.