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Seeds of Resistance is a grassroots, community-based, youth-led and staff supported, membership program of AFSC Florida. It is composed of Indigenous, Black and Latinx immigrant youth working together to defend their communities from climate change, heal from trauma, and challenge anti-immigrant policies through community organizing, leadership development and art.

 

Campaigns

End Child Detention

We shut down the largest for-profit immigrant child detention center in the country. Our End Child Detention Campaign is focused on keeping the facility closed for good, and demanding that federal and local authorities conduct comprehensive environmental testing. Detained youth were likely exposed to toxic chemicals at the facility due to a neighboring superfund site, as well as excessive noise from planes taking off from and landing at the nearby Homestead Air Reserve Base runway. You can view and download our report with Earthjustice here. 

Climate Justice

Climate chaos is here. As its impact intensifies over time, it is the frontline youth who will face the worst effects. But far from being passive victims, our youth are fighting back against extractive practices that come with supporting a fossil fuel-based economy. They are demanding greater action from local and state governments to fight climate change and calling community to reduce waste, protect the Everglades and be ready for hurricanes. Through community organizing, advocacy, art, and political education, our immigrant youth are tapping into their skills to demand climate justice.

Art & Healing

Our immigrant youth are using art to shed light to the issues impacting their families and heal from historical trauma. They work towards the creation of social change through art and cultural interventions. They are immersed in creative skill building, popular education, and healing practices. Our cultural work challenges the histories of invisibility, marginalization, and social inequity that exist and builds individual and collective power through de-colonial arts-focused organizing that fights for climate justice, immigrant rights and the preservation of cultural traditions.

Video

Seeds of Resistance: Ilse

"I joined Seeds of Resistance because I wanted to work with youth to build a better community for immigrants." - Ilse, Seeds of Resistance Youth Organizer