National Welcoming Week and News Updates

Today, on National Citizenship Day, President Obama launched the “Stand Stronger” Citizenship Awareness Campaign to celebrate immigrant and refugee contributions to our country’s social and cultural fabric, and to provide critical resources for those on the path to becoming American citizens. Noting the vital role immigrants have for our country’s continued economic prosperity, President Obama released a video message to encourage residents to commit to US Citizenship today.

In conjunction with this announcement, the White House Task Force on New Americans is coordinating with local partners who are holding over 70 citizenship outreach events across the country this week. Many of America’s legacy cities are taking the lead in creating a welcoming environment for immigrants to thrive and contribute back to their communities. The campaign was launched in conjunction with community partners and civic leaders across the country. The #StandStrongerUS campaign is also working with organizations like the PVBLIC Foundation, an in-kind grant making organization, to harness the power of donated advertising space from leading media companies.

Read more Legacy Cities Blog posts on the role of immigrants in economic development by Nicholas Hamilton on Brain Gain in Legacy cities and Peter Fleischer’s post in honor of last year’s National Welcoming Week: “Let Them in. Bring them Here.”

Stand Stronger: a national campaign to empower New Americans

From September 12-20, Welcoming America and its partners across the country will host National Welcoming Week, a nationwide series of events that will bring together new Americans and US born residents to celebrate the contributions of immigrants to American communities.

Philadelphia, PA: International Food Day Friday, September 18; all day; and Naturalization Ceremony with Step up to Citizenship Saturday September 19, all day; and Philadelphia Plays for Peace International Soccer Tournament Monday, September 21, 2015; 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm

The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians is sponsoring two welcoming events this month and in November. To learn more and purchase tickets:

Strengthening The Workforce Through Immigrant Integration – September 17th, 5:30pm
Immigrant Integration as an Economic Development Strategy – November 17th, 5:30pm

Cleveland, OH: Welcoming Week Cleveland Film Showcase Thursday, September 17, 2015; 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Dayton, OH: Citizenship Clinic Thursday, September 17; 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Detroit, MI: Welcoming Themed Storytelling  Friday, September 18, 2015; 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Warren, MI: Immigration 101 Thursday September 17; 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

St. Louis, MO: Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival Friday, September 25  – Sunday, September 27; 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

San Antonio, TX: The Cisneros Center for New Americans is celebrating National Welcoming Week by encouraging New Americans to post their stories at their #IAmAmerica campaign on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

Finally, learn more on hosting your own event and see the full listing of events here.


In other news…

New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

The 15th annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference will be held February 11 – 13, 2016 in Portland, Oregon. Visit their conference page for more information and to register (beginning early October). The Legacy Cities Partnership will be holding a training workshop called Smart Decisions, Smart Growth: Practical Approaches to Data-Powered Community Revitalization.

New York Times Detroit Op-Ed & Video Doc

Please take a moment to read Frank Bruni’s Op-Ed from the New York Times on the Spirit and Promise of Detroit. Also, The Times has an interesting video documentary examining the trajectories of recent Detroit high school graduates against the backdrop of Detroit’s emergence from bankruptcy.


And a look at who’s hiring:

Smart Growth America is currently seeking to fill several positions including a Communications Associate to contribute to their social media channels and press efforts.  Smart Growth America advocates for people who want to live and work in great neighborhoods. You can see the full listing for the Communications Associate position here.

Cleveland Restoration Society is also currently searching for a Marketing and Community Engagement Specialist, a Heritage Home Program Assistant, and an Administrative and Programs Assistant.

The Center for Community Progress is looking for an Assistant General Counsel for National Technical Assistance.

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