FWD.us Chapters Compete in Content Showcase

Posted by on January 07, 2015.

Last month, FWD.us chapters in seven cities were challenged to create content to highlight the significance of executive action on immigration and show the impact of our broken immigration system on people in our communities.

“Get to Know Rishi,” the San Francisco Chapter Democracy Project’s photo essay, was voted best project by judges Seth Rogen, CRO of Mashable, Dana Griffin, Chief Marketing Officer at Attention USA, and Lisa Conn, FWD.us National Organizing Director. The San Francisco team told Rishi’s immigration story through a series of graphics, and will build out the project at their next FWDMonthly.

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Rishi Misra, a FWD.us ambassador, came to the United States in 1997 as a student. He has been fighting for the opportunity to receive a Green Card for over a decade. His story exemplifies what FWD.us is fighting for – comprehensive immigration reform that works for American families and our economy, allowing entrepreneurs to bring grow their companies and create American jobs. 


Sample of FWD.us San Francisco Chapter Team’s photo essay, “Get to Know Rishi”

Rishi worked a medical consulting firm for several years before transitioning to work at a healthcare startup. Though he helped build the company, create jobs, and improve access to healthcare for Americans, Rishi’s immigration struggles continued. Immigrants like Rishi must make huge sacrifices as they wait for a more permanent status in our backlogged immigration system. Rishi has spent years away from his family, can’t benefit from U.S. social services even though he pays taxes, and faces stringent restrictions on employment.

Meet Rishi Misra

Sample of FWD.us San Francisco Chapter Team’s photo essay, “Get to Know Rishi” 

"I hope our project brings attention to relief that the President's executive actions will bring to skilled immigrants caught in an archaic and counterproductive immigration system for years, if not decades. I also hope it makes more people realize the need to modernize America's high-skilled immigration system,” Rishi explained.

Want to hear more from Rishi? Check out his story in his own words in this quick video.

At FWD.us chapter meetings, members are encouraged to share their immigration stories, get involved in building new tools to bridge tech and politics, and engage their representatives on the critical issues impacting the tech community.

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