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Welcoming Michigan to Host Screenings of "Journeys"
With the help of a grant from our partner organization, Welcoming America, we have collaborated with local film makers to create two short documentaries: "Journeys: Stories from Chadsey Condon" and "Journeys: Stories from Van Buren." These films highlight the immigration, migration, and "welcoming" stories that make up the unique historical and cultural tapestry of two Michigan communities where welcoming work is taking place. Please visit our events calendar for details on upcoming community film screenings and facilitated community discussions, and watch the Van Buren County film trailer below. Please contact us if you would like to host a film screening and discussion at your organization, church, or school. Thank you!
The Welcoming Michigan Story
We believe that being welcoming is the right thing to do, but that’s not the whole story. Michigan is the only state that lost population between 2000 and 2010. Considering how high unemployment in Michigan has been, some might say that’s a good thing — fewer people to compete for the jobs we do have.
In 2008, the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan, the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Skillman Foundation commissioned former State Representative Steve Tobocman to explore the idea of immigration as a potential strategy for reinventing the economy of that region. Read More: