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

Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry  signs Welcoming resolution for the city.

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 »

Help us build a stronger, more inclusive America

eoy blog cocIn 2013, all across America, it was clearer than ever that immigrants are welcome and make our communities stronger.  Just ask the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Forbes, Anderson Cooper 360°,the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Communities & Banking, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who covered local and national welcoming efforts over the past year, or the White House, who honored Welcoming America and our partners in a Welcoming America Champions of Change program.

With your support, here are some examples of what we were able to achieve together in 2013: Read the rest of this entry »

At the National Immigrant Integration Conference, a Country Moves Forward – Community by Community

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With Thanksgiving around the corner, we could hardly imagine a more gratitude-inspiring moment than the gathering of hundreds of individuals from across the country who are working to extend a welcome to immigrants in their communities.  It’s no easy task to pull off such a successful event bringing together leaders from the immigrant integration sector, and we tip our welcoming hats to the amazing team at the Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC) and the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA). 

If you weren’t able to join us this year in Miami, here are just a few highlights: Read the rest of this entry »

Atlanta Becomes 22nd Welcoming City

On October 22nd, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced before a group of civic and business leaders the City of Atlanta’s commitment to join Welcoming America’s Welcoming Cities and Counties Initiative, becoming the 22nd local government to join the initiative.

As part of the initiative, the City of Atlanta will work to identify opportunities to engage Atlanta’s global immigrant communities and further immigrants’ role in building the local economy. The announcement was made at an immigration luncheon sponsored by Americas Society/Council of the Americas, in partnership with the Georgia Chamber of CommerceWelcoming America, and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. Read the rest of this entry »

From Main Street to White House, America Said: Immigrants Make Us Stronger

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This past National Welcoming Week – from small towns in Colorado and Idaho to large cities such as Birmingham, AL and Austin, TX – the message was loud and clear: immigrants make our communities stronger.

Thank you for being a part of celebrating immigrants during National Welcoming Week! Together, we organized about 150 events attracting over 6,000 participants, drawing recognition from the White House. Multiple local community leaders also highlighted immigrant contributions, and cities jumped into the race to attract immigrants. From mayors to museums, business owners to neighbors, diverse participants across the country participated in inspiring programs: Read the rest of this entry »

White House Recognizes Welcoming America Champions of Change

Immigrants Want to Contribute; White House Recognizes Leaders Who are Helping their Communities Seize that Potential During National Welcoming Week

champions of change logoAs the debate in Washington on immigration moves forward, local community leaders across the country are recognizing that immigrants make us stronger and are working in their communities to create welcoming climates that harness the economic and social potential that newcomers bring.

This Thursday, September 19th, the White House will recognize ten individuals and their innovative efforts to lift up newcomer contributions and involve the whole community in supporting successful immigrant integration.  Ten Welcoming America Champions of Change will be honored in an event that will be streamed live starting at 1pm EST at Read the rest of this entry »

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During National Welcoming Week, Welcoming America and its partners across the country will bring together immigrants and U.S.-born community members in a spirit of unity through service projects and other events.  This year, close to 80 events are planned in 22 states, and more than 5,600 people are expected to participate. We encourage you to join the events in your area – visit to see what projects are happening in your backyard.

Also, we want to hear from you as you participate in your local Welcoming Week event – Tweet us at @WelcomingUSA or tag us in your Facebook post @WelcomingAmerica to let us know what’s going on (don’t forget to add hashtag #welcomingweek to your post). Read the rest of this entry »