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Celebrating National Citizenship Day

Using the medium of art to focus attention on the need for national immigration reform, the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) and a coalition of labor, community and faith organizations launched What Citizenship Means to Me, a one-day art exhibit featuring the work and personal stories of New Jersey immigrants.


The exhibit offered a highly personalized history of civic participation, immigration and citizenship in America through photographs, on-the-spot art projects and a set of video accounts of citizens describing what being American meant to them.


"This art project puts a face on the 11 million undocumented immigrants who are an indispensable part of our communities. We need Congress to act now [for immigration reform],” said Kevin Brown, director of 32BJ SEIU in New Jersey.