And, of course the title begs for an explanation—-so what is not working with refugees?
The International Rescue Committee (the granddaddy of the federal contractors) is planning to use the series to link “foodies” (Is that what Michelle Obama is, I never knew it had a name!), environmentalists and refugees in this latest political ploy.
We’ve told you many times about the refugee gardening projects you’ve been paying for with your tax dollars. Looks like the IRC got $70,000 of federal grant money for this, here. I guess you could buy a lot of veggies with that, but for propaganda it’s a steal!
From Mashable US & World:
A new web series from the International Rescue Committee follows refugees resettled in New York, who work in a community garden in the Bronx.
“New Roots in the Bronx” follows refugees from Myanmar and Cameroon as they acclimate to life in the U.S. while working in urban community gardens, harvesting fresh fruits and vegetables for their families and communities. These represent some of the thousands the IRC resettles in 22 U.S. cities each year.
“We’ve taken something that can sometimes be an impersonal topic and really personalized it,” Ruth Fertig, online community builder for the IRC, told Mashable. “Through the refugees stories themselves, we get to see how the IRC does its work. We’re hoping to raise awareness for the IRC’s work for a younger audience, as well as among foodies and environmentalists.”
The web series, which will be released one episode at a time through mid-October, features cooking demos from celebrity chefs David Burke, Michel Nischan and Marco Canora, who use the crops from the community garden. The IRC highlights the recipes cooked in the episodes alongside the webisodes.
The series also includes the option to take a pledge of solidarity with the refugees as they rebuild their lives in the U.S., a recipe sharing tool and a supporter page. (Wow! And, you paid for this!–ed)