With the help of local volunteers and allies across the world, we met our goals of folding 1000 paper cranes and raising $10,000 in 24 hours for the National Immigration Law Center and International Rescue Committee of New York.
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1,000 paper cranes
Resistance Cranes is a collaborative fundraising effort hosted by Christina Lee and Matthew Marcó to raise $10,000 ($5000 each) for the National Immigration Law Center and International Rescue Committee in New York.
These organizations provide legal resources to immigrants and support the refugee resettlement in the United States: always critical but moreso in today’s political climate, which is increasingly hostile to people escaping war-ravaged areas and people who come to the United States simply for better economic prospects.
Inspired by the Japanese legend, for 24 hours starting at 12 pm EST on Saturday, February 25, 2017, a small crew of volunteers are folding 1000 paper cranes in solidarity with immigrants and refugees who make their way to American shores in search of a new home.
We are raising $10,000 ($5000 each) for these organizations:
Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and regain control of their future.
Limited edition of 1000 cranes. Folded dimensions are 4×4×7 inches, based on an original paper size of 6×6 inches. Cranes will be shipped flat.
The custom paper design by artist Shing Yin Khor (detail below) recalls immigrant kitchens – a mix of utensils and equipment from our countries of origin and lives in the United States.
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Shing Yin Khor is a cartoonist, sculptor and installation artist. She has done two artist residencies with the National Park Service, and has been featured in The Huffington Post. She immigrated to the United States at 16, becoming an American citizen at 28. When thinking about migration, peace, and home, she thinks of a very well-travelled rice cooker.
Christina Lee is a product manager for an education company in Brooklyn. She is the daughter of an immigrant. Born as an American abroad, she moved to the United States when she was 12. When thinking about migration, peace, and home, she thinks of cooking her mom’s chicken curry and the feeling of settling into a comfy bed after a long journey.
Matthew Marcó is a web designer. He immigrated to the United States at age 5 and became an American citizen at age 16. When thinking about migration, peace, and home, he thinks of how public transportation becomes a part of immigrants’ lives when they settle in new cities.