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Artwork Credit: Libby VanderPloeg.

Artwork Credit: Libby VanderPloeg.

There is nothing more exciting than a creative collaboration.  And on top of that, nothing better than when it’s for a good cause.  Even though the situation in the US might be cloudy with a chance of meatballs for the time being, refugees and other new arrivals arrived not long before the gates closed, and will continue looking for safe haven across the West.

I grew up in ultra diverse Toronto where virtually everyone was a new arrival.  And the one thing I will always remember is how generous my mother was to every mom in making sure their kids got the right start.  This is how you get your kid into the best public junior high; they offer free swim classes at that community center; the city offers free heritage classes for your [insert Farsi, Russian, Tamil, Hindi]-speaking kid so they don’t lose their culture; this is a better apartment block than that one; do you need a ride somewhere?  The list was endless and it’s probably why I’m not too shabby at the listicle.

The best stories are happening all over.  But it might be hard to figure out where to start.  Thank you Libby VanderPloeg for this tiny little infogram.  You might have met Libby before as one of my favourite lady artists.  Ever since the hail started this past January, Libby’s been illustrating all the feelings and all the tools in support of all the movements (see this amazing GIF she made to support women’s involvement in political movements).

HOW TO BE AN ACTIVE ALLY TO IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES (High Res) from Design*Sponge on Vimeo.

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