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Staff, leadership changes at Welcoming America

David Lubell — Welcoming America’s founder, inaugural executive director, and founding director of our Welcoming International initiative —  is leaving the organization after 12 years. His last day is October 8. Almost two decades ago, David established the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition in Nashville to bring immigrant communities together to develop a unified…

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Statement on Chauvin verdict

Today’s decision in the Derek Chauvin trial is a long-awaited one for the family of George Floyd, as well as communities everywhere seeking justice in the ongoing struggle against systemic racism. At the same time, this verdict is just the first of many steps needed to build a truly just and welcoming society. This verdict…

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New cookbook offers recipes, resources on strengthening community across differences

As world-renowned chef Josė Andrės once said, food has the power to evoke memories, bring people together, and transport you to other places. We eat for sustenance, but also to experience community and a sense of belonging by dining together. This universal sentiment is captured in Taste of Belonging: A Collection of Recipes and Ways…

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NPNA and Welcoming America Applaud Reestablishment of the Task Force on New Americans

Washington DC – President Joe Biden today fulfilled a key campaign promise by re-establishing the Task Force on New Americans, a cross-agency effort to coordinate and advance the proactive inclusion of immigrants into the fabric of American society. Renewal of the Task Force following four years of federal inaction on immigrant inclusion is another signal…

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Charting a new path forward

Today is a bright day for American democracy. As millions of people, including new Americans, cast their ballots, worked polling stations, or helped their neighbors navigate the voting process—all during a pandemic—we reaffirmed the importance of the democratic process, one in which everyone has a stake.  We also witnessed one of the most diverse elections,…

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Together, we can counter a pattern of exclusion

At Welcoming America, our core belief is that the strongest communities are ones where all people—no matter where they’re from—take part in economic, civic, and social life. Communities that are truly welcoming foster a culture and policy environment that make it possible for everyone, including immigrants and refugees, to feel valued and participate fully without…

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Reflecting on what it means—and what it will take—to be truly welcoming

In coming months, Welcoming America will be revisiting the Welcoming Standard—the guiding document for communities aspiring to be inclusive places for immigrants and all residents. You can explore the Welcoming Standard to see the kinds of policies and practices that communities should have in place.  We also know that there are many factors that go…

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A new home for Welcoming America swag

The Welcoming America online store has reopened on Shopify! From T-shirts to magnets, the new store offers the same swag items from our previous store, with some additions reflecting recent campaigns and initiatives. Visit Store Shipping is also more streamlined, with more options on shipping times, no minimums on quantity, and international shipping. With each purchase,…

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Liz Cedillo-Pereira joins Network Leadership Committee

Welcoming America is pleased to welcome Mary Elizbeth (Liz) Cedillo-Pereira as the newest member of our Network Leadership Committee. Liz Cedillo-Pereira is currently the Chief of Equity and Inclusion for the City of Dallas, TX. She previously served as the Director of the Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs (WCIA) where she oversaw the…

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Additional bans on immigration, asylum seekers make America a less healthy place

A healthy America is one that isn’t afraid of immigrants.  Just a few days after the Supreme Court declined to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the Administration released two policy measures that effectively reinforce a ban on aspiring Americans in the name of public health and the economy. The details of…

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