The American Immigration Council (AIC) recently awarded the winner of its annual Change in Motion multimedia competition for youth, ages 14-25. Funded by the MurthyNAYAK Foundation, Sheela Murthy was on hand to present the first place award to representatives from Fighting Youth Shouting out for Humanity (FYSH). This social justice youth council in Chicago is housed within the KoreanAmerican Resource and Cultural Center there. FYSH’s members are high school and college students working to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in their community by creating systemic change.
The MurthyNAYAK Foundation was begun by Sheela Murthy, founder and president of the Murthy Law Firm, and her husband, photographer and media expert, Vasant Nayak, in response to the events of 9/11, as a way to give back to their adopted homeland of the United States, and to their native India. The foundation’s focus is education and nutrition for children, empowerment for women, and justice and support for immigrants to the U.S. This last group is where MNF dovetails nicely with efforts of AIC.
The American Immigration Council (AIC) is the nonprofit affiliated with the American Immigration Lawyers Association. They honor immigrants by recognizing them publicly. They also work toward justice for all immigrants and insist on laws and policies that are sensible and humane towards immigrants, reflecting American values. The AIC’s mission is to educate U.S. citizens about the valuable contributions of immigrants in America. The competitions they hold for children and young adults encourage them to share their own immigrant stories or those of their communities, thereby educating others. The MurthyNAYAK Foundation is pleased to sponsor the Change in Motion award.
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