City joins Welcoming Cities and Counties network

The City of Minneapolis has joined Welcoming America’s network of Welcoming Cities and Counties, a designation recognizing its commitment to inclusiveness toward immigrants and all of its residents.

Nearly 100 local governments across the country belong to the network launched by Decatur, Georgia-based Welcoming America, a nonprofit founded in 2009. A Welcoming City understands that prosperity comes when everyone feels like they belong. It is the belief that all people, including immigrants, are valued contributors and are vital to the success of our communities and our shared future.

The City Council passed a resolution Friday affirming the City’s values as a welcoming city. “Fostering a welcoming environment for all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity or place of origin, gender identity or religious affiliation enhances Minneapolis’ cultural fabric, economic growth, global competitiveness and overall prosperity for current and future generations,” the resolution noted.

The participation in the Welcoming Cities and Counties network is one of Minneapolis’ many activities to develop strategies and strengthen policies, programs and resources to support immigrant and refugee families.

Other initiatives include funding for legal advocates working directly with residents’ immigration proceedings, a hotline to report hate crimes and a new public awareness campaign called #WeAreMpls, which will highlight the rich diversity of the city through interviews and photography of residents. The campaign will launch in September and be promoted through social media and other communication channels.

The City will also participate in Welcoming Week set for Sept. 15­-24. During this annual series of events, Welcoming Cities host community events to bring together immigrants, refugees and native-born residents to promote the benefits of inclusion. In 2016, there were nearly 400 events nationally in 150 communities for Welcoming Week.



Published Aug 22, 2017



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