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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!

 

May 2012, Detroit, MI - Members of the local leadership committees took part in an “Immigration 101” training presented by MIRC & New Detroit. Participants learned the immigration system is extremely complicated and not as simple as “getting in line!"

May 2012, Chadsey Condon, Detroit - Welcoming Michgan took part in the Chadsey Condon Community Organization’s annual “Unity Festival” and helped create a fun bingo game for residents to learn about the history and diversity of the neighborhood.

May 2012, Detroit Riverfront - On May 7th we celebrated the official launch of Welcoming Michigan with all our friends and supporters on the Detroit riverfront. Despite the rainy weather we had a great turnout and fantastic speakers, including U.S. Congressman Hansen Clarke, State Representative Rashida Tlaib, Shirley R. Stancato, President and CEO of New Detroit, and Steve Tobocman, Director of Global Detroit. We announced our brand new website, shared our new posters and outreach materials, and everyone present also pledged to reach out their hand and welcome immigrants to Michigan.

May 2012, Chadsey Condon, Detroit, MI - Chadsey Condon residents celebrated Cinco de Mayo by sharing a meal and watching the parade with their African American, Arab, Caucasian, and Latino neighbors . The group had tshirts made proclaiming “Chasdey Condon is a WELCOMING community!” and displaying the word “welcome” in Spanish, English, and Arabic.

May 2012, Sterling Heights, MI - Members of the Sterling Heights Welcoming Committee volunteered to help elderly and indigent neighbors with lawncare duties as part of the city’s Pride & SHINE program. See news coverage of this event here.

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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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