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David Lubell | November 10, 2016

The last few days have been difficult for so many in our country.

To the one in four Americans who is an immigrant or the child of an immigrant - this is your home, you belong here, and we fight alongside you. To families who fear being torn apart by deportations - our country must be better than that. To the refugees who fear being sent back to grave danger - we cannot allow that to happen. To Americans of all identities - we must work together to make sure this country continues to be for all of us.

And it all starts right where you are: in your community. Each of you has been an advocate, champion, and leader as you work to ensure all your neighbors can feel they belong and have equal opportunity and treatment. We are grateful to be united with you around a shared sense of purpose and want to help you.

If you live in one of the 100+ communities in the Welcoming America network, please reach out for opportunities to help in your neighborhood. If you don’t, feel free to contact us so we can help you move your community forward. If you want to take personal action, we encourage you to find ideas through our #3waystowelcome series: welcoming in your neighborhoodwelcoming in your school, and more to come in your inbox.

We can also help build bridges at this critical time in history. Our country is more polarized than ever, but we can move beyond this. We can show all people that our differing identities are actually assets in making our communities and nation stronger - that our immigrant and refugee neighbors are our friends and partners. This will mean sitting down with long-time residents who may feel they themselves are becoming strangers in their own communities. Here are some initial tools to help you get started.

We are rolling up our sleeves and getting back to work. Our movement is just getting started, and it will continue to grow and strengthen, community by community. But we cannot do it without you. We need your support now more than ever. There will be a day when every place in the United States is welcoming to all people.

Together we will make it so.

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