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.

July 2012, Hartford, Michigan - “When Michigan welcomes immigrants, Michigan thrives.” Welcoming Michigan is pleased to announce that our second billboard is up in Hartford on I-94W, two miles west of the exit for Hartford. It is so exciting to see our welcoming message visible on such a large scale in SW MI! We hope to post more billboard messages in the near future, please contact one of our community coordinators if you are interested in donating to this effort!

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.

January 2012, Southeast Michigan - Welcoming Michigan has been busy! Our Southeast Michigan Communities Coordinator, Christine Sauvé, started the year off by reaching out to community leaders and forming Welcoming committees in Sterling Heights, Hamtramck, and Chadsey Condon in southwest Detroit. These leadership teams are made up of volunteers from community organizations, faith communities, service providers, educators, students, business leaders, law enforcement, and city government staff. They are phenomenal and have been busy planning welcoming activities for their communities.

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