Conversation: Welcoming Michigan

All photos are from the Welcoming Michigan Facebook album for the launch — http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.357286440996002.84371.170503516340963.

My wife and I had the pleasure of attending the recent launch of the Welcoming Michigan campaign, which aims to improve Michigan’s immigrant-friendliness (the story, Facebook). Speakers included Rep. Clarke Hansen, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, and┬áSteve Tobocman of Global Detroit, all of whom shared the immigration story of their ancestry as well as the many ways that immigrants make Michigan and the United States stronger. Here is media coverage: CBS, The Detroit News, The Arab American News.

When photos from the event appeared on my wall, a friend struck up a conversation. This is how it went:

Friend: Well thank you Ford Foundation. I certainly hope the money donated by the Ford Foundation was not (1) earned, (2) managed by, (3) invested in or (4) derived from evil Wall Street….maybe next this group can launch an action that investigates the Ford Foundation!!!

Jeff: Do you disagree with the campaign or do you just not like the Ford Foundation?

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>Equity & Social Justice Conference

>Learn more about the upcoming Equity & Social Justice Conference here.

2011 Conference Theme: Addressing Diversity, Social Justice and Human Rights in a Post-Racial Era: Challenges, Strategies & Implications

Date: March 26, 2011

Location: The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (Pomona, NJ)