The Story of the Old Chest

When George Mann and his parents set foot in New York in the fall of 1964 after having crossed the Atlantic Ocean on a ship appropriately named, “SS Independence,” the only items they carried were the clothes on their back, a few dollars in their pocket, and an old chest. This chest held the few…
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International Migrants Day

Today marks the United Nations’ (UN) International Day for Migrants. An important date for many reasons among them, to remind us of the many contributions immigrants make to the United States, the fight against discrimination towards migrants or “illegals”, and the right for every human being to seek asylum. The past four years of the…
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Immigrants and Pan American Aviation Day

When most people picture the arrival of immigrants in the United States, they might think of a ship arriving in New York, the sight of the Statue of Liberty in the distance, and eventually processing through Ellis Island. Although that may have been the case over a century ago, today, the vast majority of immigrants…
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Human Rights Day: Migration as a Human Right

If there is one thing to take away from the horrible year that has been 2020, it’s that protecting and advocating for human rights is more important than ever. The key values of our society such as fairness, dignity, equality and respect are in need of more support than ever before. 2020 and the COVID-19…
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A New Day Has Dawned

Our prayers for new leadership in the White House have been answered. So what does it mean for us? For the country? For the world?  First, there is the immediate concern about the transition period between now and January 20, 2021. President Trump will remain in power until then but the world is already beginning…
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Why The Climate Crisis Will Also Be a Refugee Crisis

For decades, conflict, poverty, the drug trade, and failed governments were the biggest creators of refugees. Now, as the Climate Crisis escalates, rising sea levels, extreme weather, and more intense natural disasters threaten to create refugees on an unimaginable scale.  Today marks The International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction which was created in 1989 by…
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A Holiday By Immigrants: Columbus Day

Since 1792, Americans have celebrated Columbus Day in one form or another. The now federally recognized holiday marks Christopher Columbus’s first voyage to the New World in 1492. Many Americans view this day as just that, a holiday to recognize the accomplishments of a man who ushered in the age of exploration while laying the…
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