Join Us for National Welcoming Week (September 15-21)

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In just under two weeks, Welcoming America affiliates and partners will take part in National Welcoming Week (September 15-21), a nationwide event focused on promoting 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.

Across the country, longtime residents and their new immigrant neighbors will join together during National Welcoming Week to take part in local community events, organized by Welcoming America’s affiliates and other national and local corporate partners, foundations, small businesses and residents of the community.

Welcoming Long Island, keeping with the spirit of promoting mutual respect and cooperation between foreign-born and U.S born Long Islanders will be hosting various events during National Welcoming Week.

On September 11, Welcoming Long Island and Herstory be hosting our monthly installment of the ‘welcoming reading circle’ at the Port Jefferson Free Library. This project focuses on building empathy through story telling; the stories read focus on the experiences of Latina women and several themes such as immigration, family separation, and life in both Latin American and the U.S.

September 11, 2012
6:30 PM
Port Jefferson Free Library
100 Thompson Street, Port Jefferson, NY, 11777

On September 16, Welcoming Long Island and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stonybrook will be screening the film ‘Welcome to Shelbyville’; the film examines how a small community in Tennessee grapples with rapidly shifting demographics. Longtime African American and white residents are challenged with how best to integrate with a growing Latino population and the more recent arrival of hundreds of Muslim Somali refugees.The story is an intimate portrayal of a community’s struggle to understand what it means to be American.
September 16, 2012
5:30PM
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook (NY)
380 Nicolls Rd.
Setauket, NY 11733

On September 18, Welcoming Long Island and Herstory be hosting our monthly installment of the ‘welcoming reading circle’ at the Brentwood Public Library. This project focuses on building empathy through story telling; the stories read focus on the experiences of Latina women and several themes such as immigration, family separation, and life in both Latin American and the U.S.
September 18, 2012
6:30PM
The Brentwood Public Library
34 2nd Avenue
Brentwood, NY, 11717

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is Director of Legal Services at CARECEN and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra University. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.

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