Closing Out The Third Annual Immigrant Heritage Month

  Thursday marks the last day of the third annual Immigrant Heritage Month – a month that represents a nationwide effort to gather and share the inspirational stories of immigrants in America throughout June. And for the past 30 days, you have really showed up. Your stories have inspired, touched, and humbled us. They've made us all the more grateful to live in a country known for its diversity, opportunity, vibrancy, and history of welcoming others to its shores. You have added to and...

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“We Were Strangers Too”: Silicon Valley Celebrates #ImmigrantHeritageMonth

By: Sophie Alcorn June is Immigrant Heritage Month and the Silicon Valley Chapter of FWD.us came together to celebrate the contributions of immigrants to American society.  We got together in the South Bay, at Deutsche Bank Labs in Palo Alto to mix, mingle, and share stories. We heard Emerson's story. Originally from Peru, he came to the U.S. to study and eventually founded his own startup. It had great success, but his work authorization was running out.  Finally, he was able to...

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Celebrating Our #IAmAnImmigrant Stories in Los Angeles

Last Saturday, hundreds of Angelenos headed to Holman United Baptist Church for a vibrant evening of diverse story-sharing and music – all celebrating what it means to be American. Sharing the stage at the #IAmAnImmigrant: A Celebration of Our Stories event were actors and actresses, immigrants and musicians. Speakers read reflections, personal memories, family stories, and speeches of undocumented immigrants, refugees, former Presidents of the United States, Native Americans, slaves, and Holocaust survivors alike. One of the stories, read by comedian and actress Cristela...

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