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Campaigns: Welcoming MA

Join us for National Welcoming Week!

During the week of September 15th, 2012, Welcoming America affiliates and partners across the country will participate in National Welcoming Week, a nationwide event that will promote 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.


Events During National Welcoming Week September 15-22


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Traveling Welcoming Exhibit "Immigrants in New England: An Old American Tradition"

Throughout September.

Opening reception: Friday September 7 5:30 PM

W/Y Gallery Chinese Progressive Association, 28 Ash Street, Boston, MA

Welcoming Breakfast and Outreach Day

Tuesday September 18,

10:00 AM-   2:00 PM

The breakfast begins at Framingham State University’s Alumni Room at the McCarthy Center, bldg 14. 100 State St., Framingham MA

It ends  with the Outreach Day at Framingham Downtown Renaissance office at 129 Concord StreetFramingham, MA

Documentary Screening of "The Colors of the Mountain"

Wednesday September 19,

3:30PM and 7:00 PM

Fitchburg State University- Ellis White Lecture Hall (Hammond Campus Center), 353 North St. Fitchburg, MA

Welcoming Quilt "Mending Project"

Thursday September 20,

6:00 PM

24 Asbury St. Topsfield, MA

Documentary Screening of "Welcome to Shelbyville"

Thursday September 20,

7:00-8:00 PM

Milford Public Library, 80 Spruce St., Milford, MA

Welcoming New Hampshire Panel and Discussion


Thursday September 20,
4:30-6:00 PM
Manchester Health Department
1528 Elm Street
Manchester, NH

Welcoming Citizenship Clinic- Become a Citizen Now!

Saturday September 22,

11:00 AM

Brockton High School- Red Cafeteria, 470 Forest Ave.Brockton, MA

Pintar! art by Juan Leon

Saturday September 22,

11:00 AM

Rollstone Studios, 633 Main Street,  Fitchburg, MA

Latino Heritage at the Fitchburg Farmer's Market

Thursday September 27

4:00 PM

Fitchburg Farmer's Market, Riverfront Park, Commercial St. off Boulder Drive, Fitchburg, MA


Welcoming Massachusetts aims to change hearts and minds to a achieve a positive integration of immigrants and refugees into the social fabric of their recipient communities. Through education and cultural activities directed mainly to non-immigrant audiences, we want to build a sensible understanding of the immigrant community that will lead to acceptance and undermine the anti-immigrant sentiment that has been spread throughout the country by divisive parties.


In October of 2007, a number of Boston area community leaders formed broad-based committees in communities where immigrant integration and education was most needed. They were individuals and organizations from all walks of life -- community, civic, government, business, labor, and faith -- who gathered to support principles of human rights, human dignity, inclusion, and multiculturalism. Successful implementation of an intense campaign to gather pledges from each legislative district in the commonwealth will build new partnerships and lay the ground for a range of legislative victories. 

In 2010, Welcoming Massachusetts  started a new phase of the project within the MIRA Coalition and through its members, focusing on two communities outside of Boston that are economically depressed, and have large immigrant populations.


Welcoming Massachusetts successfully obtained 6,600 signatures on to its Welcoming Massachusetts pledge, over 80 endorsements from local organizations, and the endorsement of over 50 elected officials. The initiative is currently focusing on the communities of Fitchburg and Framingham.  For more information on this initiative or to get involved, please contact Cristina Aguilera at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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