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Welcome to the Welcoming Michigan Blog! We hope these updates give you a taste of the wonderful activities taking place across Michigan to build immigrant-friendly communities. Please check back frequently for posts!

 

We are pleased to share this video produced by BUS 52, which gets at the heart of "welcoming work."

Residents come together to affirm City of Hamtramck is welcoming to immigrants Hamtramck, MI – On Tuesday October 23rd, the Hamtramck City Council passed a resolution “affirming that the City of Hamtramck is a welcoming community and respects the innate dignity of all people.” The resolution is supported by the local Welcoming Michigan leadership committee, made up of Hamtramck residents and representatives from faith institutions, law enforcement, social services, and education. The committee has worked hard over the past eight months to connect U.S.

This is a guest blog entry from Jennie, one of our most dedicated partners and a Welcoming Committee member in Chadsey Condon. Jennie reflects on one of our recent Welcoming Week activities, a Mexican cooking class in Chadsey Condon, southwest Detroit. This was the first in a series of classes; join us again on October 17 for to learn how to make an Arabic dish, November 7 for Soul Food, and December 11 for Italian! "Maria and her daughter Everlin taught a cooking class teaching how to make sopes (a traditional Mexican dish, and a family favorite).

During the week of September 15th, Welcoming Michigan will join other Welcoming America affiliates and partners across the country in celebrating the first ever National Welcoming Week. This nationwide event will promote meaningful connections and a spirit of unity between U.S. and foreign-born Americans by providing opportunities to learn about each other and work together for the greater good.

As Welcoming Michigan works to humanize the conversation about immigration and what it means to welcome immigrants to Michigan, it is important to us that the conversation be inclusive of all those who have been and continue to experience dehumanization, including but not limited to Native American communities. We've done some deep thinking about how we see a fundamental difference between colonization and immigration. So, when we say “when Michigan welcomes immigrants, Michigan thrives” we mean it.

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Meet Jennie! She is an awesome leader and truly a welcoming ambassador. She manages a local TimeBank and shares our belief in the power of connecting neighbors to neighbors.

My name is Daliesha and I was born and raised in Detroit, MI. The maternal side of my family migrated from Bolivar, Tennessee. My maternal great granddad was African American and Native American (Cherokee).

Have you met Hanan Yahya, a member of the Welcoming Chadsey Condon group? She says "cultural competency is vital to creating a more vibrant and healthy community". Here is her story: "I was born the eighth child of nine in my hometown of Yemen.

Have you ever been to a naturalization ceremony? It is a very moving and inspiring experience. Sterling Heights recently held their 4th annual Naturalization Ceremony in conjunction with Sterlingfest.

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month - get to know your Asian Pacific American neighbors! Check out these local and national resources to learn more about the Asian Pacific American community and find local events happening near you.

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