City launches #WeAreMpls campaign during ‘Welcoming Week’ celebrations
From Sept. 15 to 24, the City of Minneapolis is participating in “Welcoming Week,” a nationwide initiative designed to bring together immigrants, refugees and native-born residents. The City has also launched a new public awareness campaign called #WeAreMpls elevating unique voices reflecting Minneapolis’ rich diversity. The launch of the #WeAreMpls campaign on social media comes as the City of Minneapolis is taking part in “Welcoming Week.”
The City has hosted one community event and will host a second community event to foster dialogue and understanding about Minneapolis’ rich diversity and to stand up for immigrants and refugees in our community. Here’s more information on the second event:
- 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S. The event will focus on youth experiences of immigration, including a panel discussion and artwork. (In case of rain, the event will be held nearby at Wellstone International School, 3328 Elliot Ave. S.)
The City’s #WeAreMpls campaign features compelling stories and photos of newcomers and long-time Minneapolis residents by Stephanie Glaros, a local photographer behind the popular blog “Humans of Minneapolis.” The photos and stories can be found at www.minneapolismn.gov/wearempls.
The campaign reaffirms the City of Minneapolis' commitment to be a welcoming place for all people, regardless of ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, religion, birthplace or any other identity.
The City is showcasing compelling stories from residents from all walks of life. If you have a story to share, live in Minneapolis and are interested in being featured in the campaign, share your photos and stories on social media with the hashtag #WeAreMpls.
The City recently joined Welcoming America’s network of Welcoming Cities and Counties, recognizing its commitment to inclusiveness toward immigrants and all its residents. Nearly 100 local governments across the country belong to the network launched by Decatur, Georgia-based Welcoming American, a nonprofit founded in 2009. In 2016, there were nearly 400 events in 150 communities for Welcoming Week.
For more information about Welcoming Week, go to minneapolismn.gov/WeAreMpls.
Published Sep 19, 2017