When Mexican-American artist Nora Litz first talked with her students about immigration — she was shocked to hear how scared they were.
“I felt I had to do something,” she says. She was already teaching a children’s writing workshop — but she decided to offer a specific weekend class for kids with parents in the country illegally — targeted at the Mexican population in downtown Philadelphia.
The class is called Illustrated Stories of Immigration — a free, two-hour comics workshop led by artists and writers every Saturday.
In the class, students crafted stories about ICE taking away their family members in the night, of the proposed wall with Mexico, of having to move to an unknown place. Telling these stories is therapeutic. For many kids, their imaginations created happy endings and by the end of the class, they reported being less afraid, sleeping better than before, Litz says.
The workshop lasted just a few months, but the organization, Mighty Writers, intends to do more.
Watch this short video to meet them and hear their stories.