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The purpose of this plan is to create an inclusive metro Atlanta region in which all people, including immigrants and refugees, have the opportunity to reach their greatest potential, engage with the larger community, and fully contribute their talents—expanding prosperity and well-being for all.

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This webinar will help participants learn more about the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) and how municipalities in partnership with local CBOs can use community-based address canvassing to improve the local address list and improve the undercount of immigrants. More information about the role municipalities can play in LUCA prior to the call can be found here.

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Join Welcoming America and Stand up Republic to examine Stranger in My Own Country, the first in a series of studies seeking to better understand the factors that are motivating nativism, racism, and other cultural anxieties among the American electorate.

For individuals looking to encourage their community to declare their intent to be an inclusive place for all, including immigrants and refugees, a symbolic welcoming proclamation is a great place to start.

Consider forming a group that's not only diverse in background but also in the role they play in your community, long-term residents, newcomers, business and civic leaders, and educators, to stand behind an affirmation of values. It's important that a welcoming statement be non-partisan and inclusive of all, including immigrants and U.S.-born community members.

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Lobbying is not only legal – it’s an essential means for your organization to advance your mission! Whether it's fighting a ballot measure or passing pro-active legislation, there are many reasons that 501(c)(3) public charities choose to lobby to achieve their policy goals.

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Racial wealth inequality is a key driver for financial household insecurity among families of color. This webinar with Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) explores the facts and impacts of the expanding racial wealth divide for communities of color as well as implications for partnerships and program design. We looked at data from CFED’s Assets & Opportunity Scorecard, Local Data Center, and select Racial Wealth Divide Data Profiles. We also discussed the findings from CFED and Institute for Policy Studies’ recent report on racial wealth inequality, The Ever-Growing Gap.

With this rapid expansion of institutions for immigrant integration, there is a demand for a better understanding of how these institutions can most effectively facilitate receiving and integrating immigrants and ultimately maximize their economic and civic contributions. This report strives to meet that demand by examining the origins, functions and goals of existing Offices and highlighting the best practices and strategies of successful initiatives. The timing of the immigrant integration movement merits a thorough investigation of these Offices, and the limited existing research on the topic makes our study all the more necessary.

The world is on the move, bringing diverse people to U.S. communities. Global migration provides an opportunity for local communities to welcome new talent and recognize the importance of an inclusive and dynamic approach. Forward-thinking communities reflect upon what these changes mean locally and how to foster a community climate in which all are welcome and can contribute to their fullest potential.

Today, a growing movement of cities and municipalities in the United States and Europe are recognizing the economic and social benefits of becoming welcoming communities and fostering a welcoming culture. This paper by Welcoming America and the German Marshall Fund explored the emerging field of work in 2012. 

This report by Michael Jones Correa of the Center for American progress explores local integration challenges and the imperative for proactively bridging the gaps between native and newcomer.

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