Uplifting Innovations at the White House & U.S. Chamber

Welcoming America and Partners Join White House and U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Uplift Immigrant Integration and Welcoming Innovations

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In direct contrast to inaction on immigration reform dividing Washington, D.C.
, over 60 U.S. communities, large and small, all across the country are thriving by working together to embrace immigrants as part of the Welcoming America network. Welcoming America and its partners – including the prominent organizations National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA)Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE), and Americas Society/Council on The Americas (AS/COA) – have come to Washington this week to highlight these non-profit and municipal welcoming initiatives, lift up the leadership of local communities in immigrant integration in general, and highlight the role the federal government can play in supporting and coordinating local integration efforts.

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2014 National Welcoming Week

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welcoming_week_During the week of September 13th, 2014, Welcoming America and its partners across the country will host National Welcoming Week, a nationwide event that will bring together immigrants and U.S.-born community members in a spirit of unity through service projects and other events across the country.

Welcoming Week is just around the corner – we encourage you to start planning your event soon!  If you’d like to receive more information on National Welcoming Week – whether your interest is as an event host, event attendee, or general supporter – please sign up for our email updates here. If you plan to host an event, please complete this form.  Also, feel free to start publicizing National Welcoming Week by sharing our postcard with your network, and you can help support our event now through a donation to Welcoming America.

In Honor of Immigrant Heritage Month, Celebrating the Diversity that Unites Us

Throughout the month of June,, a new non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating a United States that is fueled by immigrants from around the world, will be celebrating the first-ever Immigrant Heritage Month. The goal of the month – which will bring together a dynamic coalition of individuals and organizations from Congressmen to celebrities – is to encourage every American to tell the story of how they first felt welcomed to the American experience.

Since 2009, Welcoming America has brought together these civic leaders and everyday welcoming heroes through a vibrant network that reaches from coast to coast. From mayors in Atlanta and Pittsburgh, who recently announced new Welcoming initiatives, to long standing efforts in states as diverse as Michigan, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Rhode Island, the Welcoming America movement reflects the diversity of American communities, rural and urban, that are already extending a welcome to their newest neighbors. Read the rest of this entry »

Updates from Welcoming America

2014 Welcoming America National Conference

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Last month, Welcoming leaders from across the country convened in Atlanta for our 2014 national conference. For highlights, read our blog post, and check out our video to see why our great partners do the work they do. Thank you all who joined us for this inspiring event!

Cities Make Strides to Advancing Welcoming

Three new cities – Denver, Colorado; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Central Falls, Rhode Island – have signed on to our Welcoming Cities and Counties initiative. Central Fall’s addition was marked by the release of a report from Welcoming Rhode Island on immigrant contributions to the state.

Welcoming Atlanta has also taken a significant step towards welcoming with the creation of a working group, which will make recommendations to Mayor Reed on steps to take to become more inclusive towards immigrants. Read the rest of this entry »

Refugee Stories Have Happy Endings

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By Amanda Cooper, Lightbox Collaborative

American’s have a lot of sympathy for the refugee experience. Just the word “refugee” conjures images in our head of crowded camps and sad eyed children. But are those images accurate? And more importantly, are they helpful?

The truth is, the refugee experience can be harrowing. Just the nature of refugee status means that you are leaving a country because you are in danger. Resettling families have a great opportunity to start a new life, but we all know that starting a new life is very difficult, particularly if you are still dealing with the effects of trauma. So, yes, refugees deserve our empathy and compassion. Read the rest of this entry »

Welcoming Leaders Grow and Move Forward Together at National Conference

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Forty leaders convened at the Welcoming America Leaders Conference in Atlanta, GA from April 28-30, 2014.  Representing non-profits and municipal governments across the country, these leaders have been working tirelessly to help their communities welcome immigrants and integrate them into civic life.  They gathered in Atlanta to reconnect with one other, learn new skills, and get reinvigorated and re-energized for the work ahead. Read the rest of this entry »

Immigrant Welcome in the Nation’s Capital

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(Image Credit: Office of Human Rights, District of Columbia)

Welcoming America Joins City of DC to Celebrate 10 Years of Language Access and Immigrant Inclusion

A truly global city, Washington, DC and the metro region is one of the most significant immigration hubs in the country today. Metro DC has the seventh-largest immigrant concentration (21.5 percent foreign-born), and the District’s foreign-born population accounts for more than a third of its population growth since 2007.

Today, Mayor Gray, the Office of Human Rights, and community partners from throughout the region will celebrate the city’s efforts over the last decade to celebrate their immigrant community and ensure their inclusion and success through one of the nation’s most innovative and forward-looking language access policies. Read the rest of this entry »

LA Makes 30, Upcoming Events & More

Los Angeles Becomes the 30th Welcoming City

Los Angeles is the latest city to join our Welcoming Cities and Counties initiative, joining a race to the top to attract and welcome immigrants. With over 39% of its population foreign-born, and a strong network of nonprofit partners like CHIRLA and others, Los Angeles is specially poised as a leader in immigrant welcome and has much to gain from embracing its immigrant population, as this article on the St. Louis Mosaic Project explains. The city is also in good company, as several localities have recently joined, including Clarkston, GAWashington, DCHamtramck, MI; and Iowa, City, IA. Read the rest of this entry »

City of Clarkston, Georgia Positions Community for Civic and Economic Success with Signing of Welcoming City Resolution

Clarkston Becomes 29th City in Nation to Join Decatur, Georgia based Welcoming America’s Welcoming Cities and Counties Initiative

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Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry signs Welcoming resolution for the city.

On March 4th,  2014, Mayor Ted Terry and members of the Clarkston City Council passed a Welcoming Resolution, committing the city to building a welcoming and neighborly community in which diverse residents, including immigrants, are welcome, accepted and integrated.
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Kicking off five years of Welcoming America with the New York Times

They say “it takes a village,” but here at Welcoming America, we believe it takes a network of villages. With communities across the U.S. stepping up in exciting ways to celebrate and engage their newest residents, we believe nothing could be more powerful than a network that lifts up and connects these efforts to each other. As we celebrate five years of Welcoming America, we invite you to join us in this work and help spread the news about the extraordinary achievements happening across the country.

New York Times Showcases Momentum of Welcoming Movement

Yesterday, the New York Times featured Welcoming America and the Welcoming movement in a great article articulating the momentum of this idea and how we’re transforming the country from the bottom up. We invite you to read the article and share this exciting news with your network! Read the rest of this entry »