Lift Every Voice

Words: Tim Raphael


To the shattering screech of the bellicose tweeter who relentlessly proclaims ‘you can’t spell America without ME!’,  this issue of Newest Americans is a forceful reminder that to spell United States requires US, and that to actually achieve a nation we can all be proud of will require all of us. E Pluribus Unum. Many voices, many stories, many tangled histories. One nation. Indivisible.

When we set up our story booth at the Newest Americans exhibit at Photoville in September we hoped to encourage a few festivalgoers to share their stories of arriving in the U.S. Ten days later over 500 people had entered the booth to share their narratives. At a moment in our history when immigrants are under pressure on numerous fronts, this collective desire to testify to the formative experience of migration on our individual and collective identities inspired us, and Issue 6 of Newest Americans.

When We Meet Again documents the effects of an immigration policy that divides families across national borders, and a program that re-unites them.

Detained explores an immigrant detention system that incarcerates people who have not been charged with a crime and treats stateless human beings as a business opportunity.

Brick By Brick depicts the lives of Lusophone immigrants in Newark’s Ironbound through interviews and books made of glass.

Arrivals features 16 of the people who entered our arrivals booth at Photoville to share their stories.

This issue also includes the latest installments of our web series American Sueño, the audio narratives of From Where I Stand, and the blog Maid in the USA.

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When We Meet Again

Immigration, separation and reunification come full circle for more than 30 Mexican families

Visuals: Luc Forsyth, Rachel Dennis, Gareth Smit, Griselda San Martin
Words: Marco Castillo, Janice Gallagher



Meet some of the 400,000 immigrants detained in the U.S. each year

Visuals: Ed Kashi
Words & Audio: Julie Winokur


Brick by Brick

Rutgers students create glass sculptures based on the stories of Lusophone migrants to Newark

Animations: Stephanie Khoury
Audio: Rachel Dennis
Photographs of glass books: Nick Kline
Words: paulA neves & Adrienne Wheeler
Executive Producer: Tim Raphael



Visitors to our Arrivals Booth share stories about how their families came to America

Animations: Stephanie Khoury
Audio: Stephanie Khoury & Allegra Earle
Words: Julie Winokur


American Sueño: Ascending

Marisol graduates from law school

Visuals: Rachel Dennis, Gareth Smit, Ron Haviv


From Where I Stand

A recurring audio series presenting perspectives from the Global City

Visuals: Dave Bergeland
Audio: Ken Downey Jr., Emina Lukarcanin, Chinedu Onyemaobi


Maid in the U.S.A.

A continuing series about the domestic labor that makes all other work possible

Words: Shana Russell


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Newest Americans is produced by the Center for Migration and the Global City, and faculty in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at Rutgers University Newark in partnership with VII Photo and Talking Eyes Media. We have a large body of contributors and co-conspirators who are credited in the masthead and at the end of each story.

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