A project of Define American and I Am An Immigrant, #ToImmigrantsWithLove is a letter writing campaign for immigrants and the allies who love them to publicly acknowledge that we are standing with immigrants no matter what.
By telling our stories, we seek to build knowledge, reflect on and show the broader community the ways we show up for one another, build safety for ourselves, and love our communities. And with Valentine’s Day approaching, what better time to spread a little love!
There is a lot of fear in immigrant communities across America. Through the #ToImmigrantsWithLove campaign, you can make a difference by showing the immigrants in your life that you are not afraid to publicly support them through this period of uncertainty.
February 14 is the #ToImmigrantsWithLove Day of Action!
On Valentine’s Day, we’re encouraging as many people as possible to participate online and in person. Join us by writing letters to your family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, or the broader immigrant community, reminding them that they are loved, no matter what.
Here are some ways to get involved
Write a #ToImmigrantsWithLove letter or fill out a postcard and post it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, or Medium with the hashtag #ToImmigrantsWithLove. Here are the different ways you can share your letter:
- You can post an image of a physical letter that you are writing to a specific person.
- You can post the letter directly to your preferred social media platform with an image of yourself.
- You can post a video of yourself reading the letter online.
- You can go live with us on Facebook reading your letter to your community.
- Send us your letter – the text or a photo of a physical note – and we can post it for you. Please email your letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Write an op-ed in the format of a letter to your community or employees
- Send an email that includes this toolkit to your supporters or customers and encourage them to participate in #ToImmigrantsWithLove.
Use social media to promote #ToImmigrantsWithLove with these sample posts:
This Valentine’s Day, show your support for immigrants by writing your own digital postcard #ToImmigrantsWithLove show support for immigrants no matter what.
- We are writing letters #ToImmigrantsWithLove because our community is strong. Join us and share your letter.
- #ToImmigrantsWithLove, as Americans we believe that we are better because you are here. Join us and share your letter.
- Building the world we want now by writing letters #ToImmigrantsWithLove. Share your letter with the hashtag and show your support.
Encourage participants to share photos or videos online with the hashtag #ToImmigrantsWithLove during and after events.
Below are flyers that describe all city resources available for immigrant and refugee families including; legal services, Know Your Rights Events, Municipal IDs, and Mental Health Services.
Flyers are translated in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Hindi/Urdu, Polish and Arabic.
Know Your Rights
The National Immigrant Justice Center provides comprehensive legal services to low-income immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. They are hosting three Know Your Rights public events in the coming weeks:
Kelly High School
4136 S. California Avenue
Lane Tech College Prep
2501 W. Addison Street
Albany Park Library
3401 W. Foster Avenue