In the wake of a natural disaster, migrant workers are essential to the operations of recovery and reconstruction. They are often invisible in the public conversation, however, as is the scale of contribution and value of their work. That exclusion enables the continuation of a system of abuse and exploitation, as well as political, economic, and social suppression. Through its new “Resilience Corps,” National Guestworker Alliance (NGA) will work to popularize a new, culturally recognized hero—the “Resilience Worker.” NGA will experiment with the strategies and infrastructure needed to develop an explicit pop culture rapid narrative response protocol—including the narrative strategy, team, networks, and partners needed to activate mass audiences in disaster-prone regions like Florida—that are central to the national conversation about disasters, workers, immigrants, and inclusion. For more information, visit the website.
“Most Americans will be impacted by disaster, or know someone who is. The people who clean up and repair our streets and communities, are most often migrants, and allow all of us to come home after our world breaks. What could be more important? Resilience Workers should be recognized as heroes. Our work is to tell their powerful stories to millions of people.” – Saket Soni