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Host a Community Event:
We have created several public event templates that you can use to bring people together in your communities. They’re meant to provide a framework that you can customize to your needs. Enjoy!
Share Your Story:
You can help encourage others within your networks to share their thoughts and perspectives on our great nation by sharing your own. We hope that you’ll answer one (or more) of the following questions either through tweets, Facebook posts, or videos.
- If your family was banned from immigrating to America, what would have happened to them?
- What does the 4th of July mean to you?
- Share with us your dream for America and how you believe we can get there.
- Do you feel you belong to America, and do you feel that America belongs to you? Why or Why not? What would make you feel you belong?
- When you were growing up, what did your family tell you about the meaning of being an American?
- Can you tell a story of a time you felt proud of America? What about a time you felt ashamed of it?
- Does being labelled as a hyphenated American (e.g. African-American, Mexican-American, Muslim-American, etc.) make you feel excluded or included in your vision of America?
- How do we discuss our various immigration stories while remaining aware of the huge difference between being an immigrant and being a descendant of slaves or of indigenous people?
Encourage Others to Share
Here are templates and graphics for posting on social media about the Know Your Neighbor Campaign
- If your family was banned from immigrating to America, what would have happened to them? Retweet with your American story and get to #KnowYourNeighbor: www.ing.org/kyn-american-story
- What does “home” mean to you? What do you think it means for immigrants to the United States? Retweet with your American story and get to #KnowYourNeighbor: www.ing.org/kyn-american-story
- We often hear that we’re a nation of immigrants, but that excludes many people’s stories. What differences do you see between how descendants of slaves, of indigenous people, and of immigrants identify with America? Get to #KnowYourNeighbor: www.ing.org/kyn-american-story
- “Congress shall make no law respecting the freedom of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The founders of the United States understood the importance of religious freedom. How has this right shaped your life? #KnowYourNeighbor and remind ourselves why: www.ing.org/kyn-american-story
- My ancestors came to the United States from [place] because [reason]. I’m committed to religious liberty and freedom for all. It’s time to #KnowYourNeighbor: www.ing.org/kyn-american-story
- Build bridges in your community by getting to #KnowYourNeighbor. Join our campaign to start a conversation about the American dream: www.ing.org/kyn-american-story
- For many, the Fourth of July is a time of pride and celebration. For others, this time reminds them that their American dream is still out of reach. How do you feel about the holiday? #KnowYourNeighbor: www.ing.org/kyn-american-story
- As we remember the founding of our nation, we can’t forget the stories of those who were oppressed and enslaved to build the dreams of others. What can we learn from our tainted history this Fourth of July? #KnowYourNeighbor: www.ing.org/kyn-american-story
- The American dream did not work out as promised for many immigrants to our nation. What can you do to help make the American dream accessible for all? Share your perspective and get to #KnowYourNeighbor: www.ing.org/kyn-american-story
- Has the American dream lived up to your expectations? Has it failed? Tweet about your experiences, and get to #KnowYourNeighbor: www.ing.org/kyn-american-story
- If your family was banned from immigrating to America, what would have happened to them? Share your story with the #KnowYourNeighbor campaign: www.ing.org/kyn-american-story
- Getting to #KnowYourNeighbor is as American as apple pie — pie made with apples from Central Asia, wheat from the Middle East, and cinnamon from Sri Lanka. Learn more about the American dream and what it means to different people with the #KnowYourNeighbor campaign: www.ing.org/kyn-american-story
- The concept of “home” means many things to Americans. For immigrants to the United States, that idea might look markedly different from someone who was born here. Does America feel like home to you? Comment below, and join the #KnowYourNeighbor campaign: www.ing.org/kyn-american-story
- What does it mean to be an American? How did your family come to be in the United States? What does the American dream mean for you — or others? Join the #KnowYourNeighbor campaign and comment with your American story: www.ing.org/kyn-american-story
- The motto of the United States is “e pluribus, unum” or “from many, one.” Over the years, Americans have brought an incredible diversity of belief systems, cultures, and customs to form one cohesive nation. Join the #KnowYourNeighbor campaign and tell us what you bring to America: www.ing.org/kyn-american-story
- The American dream did not work out as promised for many immigrants to our nation, many of whom have confronted hostility and rejection as they struggled to be accepted as Americans. What can you do to help the American dream be accessed by all immigrating to and living in this nation? #KnowYourNeighbor: www.ing.org/kyn-american-story
- This Fourth of July we ask you to ponder — who is an American? What makes someone American? And who have we left behind while striving for the American dream? #KnowYourNeighbor: www.ing.org/kyn-american-story
- While the Fourth of July is a time of pride and celebration for many Americans, for others it is a painful reminder of how the American dream has let them down. How has the American dream fallen short for you? Comment with your answer, and join the #KnowYourNeighbor campaign: www.ing.org/kyn-american-story
- When do you feel most American? Have you ever had trouble balancing more than one identity in your daily life? Join the #KnowYourNeighbor campaign and comment with a story of life as a hyphenated American: www.ing.org/kyn-american-story
- As Americans, when do we keep ourselves apart because of our differences? Do you feel that you have the opportunity to interact with a diverse community in your daily life? Join the #KnowYourNeighbor campaign and comment with ways to connect to people with different backgrounds: www.ing.org/kyn-american-story