Welcoming in the News
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The welcoming movement is growing across the United States and across the world. Here are some media coverage highlights to inspire and inform your own community’s welcoming movement.
“Now more than ever, we need to come together as a city – One Baltimore – to make sure our communities send a strong and clear message that we all belong. This is a city for all of us no matter where you may have originally been born."
"We recommit to being a welcoming community. We stand together in kindness and grace. We are grateful for being welcomed into this incredible land by those who came before us, and we are eager to welcome all who are committed to ensuring a safe and happy home for generations to come,” says First Lady of Anchorage Mara Kimmel.
Welcoming America member, Gainesville, FL, made a powerful statement on welcoming and inclusivity. The city remains committed to welcoming all, “regardless of what they look like, where they come from, how they worship, or who they love.”
Volunteer opportunities are seen as key to building bridges between newly arrived refugees and long-term residents. "Even though I'm not the perfect teacher, I feel like I can express that I care about these people, and that they're welcome here, and I think that has its own benefit," said one volunteer.
A community center in Louisville, KY, has received overwhelming support locally and from across the country after a request to send letters to its immigrant students.
Revitalizing neighborhoods is about more than growing the population. Immigrants are helping to occupy vacant housing, launch new businesses, and volunteer for neighborhood block clubs and safety patrols.
A study from the New York State Comptroller finds that upstate cities have benefitted greatly from the arrival of immigrants, who have reversed population decline and grown local economies through business ownership and jobs.
As a citizenship class teacher, Victoria Dubrovina, a Russian immigrant and now an American citizen, hears many reasons for why her pupils want to become citizens. But the main reason, she says, is to gain the same rights as citizens including the right to vote.
A partnership in Austin, Texas, aims to help immigrants in the region become business owners. A group of legal, advocacy, and economic groups hope to reduce barriers to starting a business and create more economic opportunity through a network of services.
A new study finds that neighborhoods where whites, blacks, Hispanics, and Asians live alongside each other are on the rise across major U.S. metropolitan regions.
The Welcoming Economies Global Network and the Fiscal Policy Institute released new data this week revealing the untapped resource of immigrants as potential homeowners and the key to revitalizing neighborhoods across the country.