As the current Administration threatens the safety and sanctity of our families through dehumanizing policies and an exploitative economy - as deep rifts are exposed between race, religion and economic class - we stand at a point of fracture facing two grave questions:
OUR STORIES. OUR FAMILIES. OUR FUTURE
Across the country, communities are resisting - crossing lines of common division to build partnerships that embody our love-fueled resistance while wielding a collective power in order to widen the circle of who matters and who belongs. Through organizing, community building and civic participation, we are creating the kind of shared future and freedom that all families deserve.
Facing America will:
Led by the stories of 18 community members from across the U.S. - immigrant, Muslim, and formerly incarcerated - and their families, working to make change in their communities, this traveling photo exhibit bears witness to the power of everyday people in the formation of inclusive opportunity, justice and freedom, while inviting the viewer to do the same.
The gallery is made up of individual portraits, family portraits, and images families have submitted, along with commentary generated from discussions with each participant on the topics of family, faith, community, and the building of a shared future.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Heather Wilson is a documentary style photographer - focused on bringing the voices of the most marginalized to the forefront through photography, community-based projects, and digital storytelling. Having spent the past 15 years working throughout the U.S., Asia, and the Middle East, she has most recently spent extended time in the communities of Flint, MI and Ferguson, MO documenting the work of local organizers and protesters. See her work at www.dustandlightcreative.com.
ABOUT PICO NATIONAL NETWORK: PICO National Network is the largest grassroots, faith-based organizing network in the United States. PICO works with 1,000 religious congregations in more than 200 cities and towns through its 45 local and state federations. PICO and its federations are non-partisan and do not endorse or support candidates for office. PICO urges people of faith to consult their faith traditions for guidance on specific policies and legislation.