Define American Awards

Define American Awards

The Define American Awards honors progress made in empowering and elevating
the voices of immigrants, both documented and undocumented.

Journalist of the Year

Joy-Ann Reid, host of AM Joy on MSNBC. She has insisted on holding Trump surrogates and fake-news sites accountable for their words. She has also fought to improve the quality of language when talking about undocumented Americans.

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Ally of the Year

Ai-jen Poo is the Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign.

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Activist of the Year

Sophie Cruz, the 6 year old daughter of undocumented Mexican immigrants first made international headlines a year ago when she  gave the pope a handwritten letter on behalf of all immigrants. She has since become one of the youngest voices in the immigration reform movement, and has met with President Obama, and spoke at the Supreme Court.

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Artist of the Year

Diane Guerrero is an actress who stars in Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin. Her autobiography In the Country We Love, tells the story  of her upbringing, and includes details of her own parents’ deportation. She is filming a pilot for a CBS legal drama of the same name.

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Most Welcoming Spirit

The city of Philadelphia  held a Welcoming Week Bar and Food crawl to highlight international contributions to the city’s culinary scene.  They also recognized immigrant-owned businesses, and held an International Unity Soccer tournament.

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College Chapter
of the Year

In addition to awareness-building activities on campus the Define American chapter at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln worked with their administration to start the “Hope for the Future” scholarship for undocumented students. They also hosted a film festival on campus focusing on immigration and identity, with panel discussions.

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