Two square enamel lapel pins designed by migrant artists of color, ready to adorn your bags and backpacks!
“Polaris, or the North Star, has guided humanity moving across continents for our entire history, and it is the star I came looking for after moving from the Andes of South America to the marshes of New Jersey in the USA. This is a symbol of hope and migrant imagination close to my heart in the same way that the hummingbird is. Hummingbirds have been with me since childhood, and they represent people moving across continents the same way birds do, and how they exist. This image represents a positive realignment of iconography, because it reframes the immigration sign created by the US Highway System and focuses on the perpetual act of moving across the earth as a natural phenomenon.” — Layqa Nuna Yawar
“What is immigration if not imagination given a destination? A magic so powerful no nation can contain it? The migratory red-crowned crane is native to East Asia. As she migrates, she holds a mother holding a child inside her heart. She leads her ancestors along with her. Her wings embody the night sky. This is the migration journey that my family followed when they came to the Canada, and then when they separated and I followed my mother to the United States. I was always enamored with the cranes and the birds who shared the same journey as us. ” – Jess X. Snow