Building Immigrant Friendly Communities: Welcoming Michigan and Welcoming America Celebrate Welcoming Week

September 15-24, 2017

Welcoming Week began in Michigan with a Welcome Michigan Statewide Convening on Friday, September 15, 2017 at Washtenaw Community College in Ypsilanti, MI.  Participants from all over the state came together to continue work making Michigan a welcoming state for all immigrants.  Highlights include the keynote speaker, Tracy Keza, discussing her photographic work, Hijabs and Hoodies, and workshops addressing legal issues, responding to bias and hate crimes, advocacy and community engagement.  

Washtenaw County government, as well as the cities of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, are committed to being welcoming to immigrants. Recently the Washtenaw County commissioners have committed funding and resources to supporting immigrants. Read more here.The City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County join other Michigan municipal governments that have signed on as a “welcoming city,” including Detroit, Lansing, Kalamazoo and Macomb County.       

Agencies and community organizations across Michigan have many events planned as part of Welcoming Week.  Here are some highlights:

Michigan-wide events

Local events:

Welcoming Week events hosted throughout Washtenaw County (September 15-24):

  • Fri., 9/15: Welcoming Michigan Symposium showcasing municipal initiatives across Michigan, Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building (8:30am-4pm)
  • Sat., 9/16: International Dance Day, Riverside Park, Ypsilanti
  • Sun., 9/17: Many Faiths One Voice: Prayers for Unity, West Park Band Shell, Ann Arbor 
  • Sun., 9/17: Community Resource Fair, Ann Arbor YMCA
  • Fri. & Sat. 9/22 & 9/23: Futsal Tournament, Ann Arbor YMCA. Futsai is an informal five-on-five soccer game bringing together people of different ethnic, racial, and national origins. 
  • Sun., 9/24: International Family Festival and Potluck Celebration, Pinckney 

Follow Welcoming Michigan on twitter and facebook to find out more about what's happening in our state.   

Welcoming Michigan is part of Welcoming America, which leads a movement of inclusive communities becoming more prosperous by making everyone feel like they belong. Welcoming America believe that all people, including immigrants, are valued contributors who are vital to the success of our communities and shared future.  

See our Immigrant Info page to read more about immigrants and healthcare.  

Organizations and Resources 

The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center has lots of resources and information. If you or someone you know needs help with an immigration issue, they may be able to help you or refer you to someone who can help you. Right now, they have a lot of information about the ending of the DACA program.

The National Immigration Law Center also has many resources and a lot of information on their website.

 

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