Welcoming Week – The Dreamer’s Panel

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The Dreamer’s Panel – Organized by Central Oregon Neighbor-Love Alliance (CONL)

Location: Trinity Episcopal Church (469 NW Wall St, Bend, OR 97701)

Date/Time: Thursday, September 21st from 6:30-8:30p

Contact: Paulina Machi

Understanding, awareness, and relationships are critical elements that move us toward a flourishing, Welcoming City.   On Thursday evening, September 21st, you are invited to an open forum that will feature Central Oregon Dreamers (DACA recipients) along with local and statewide immigration advocates.  They will each will offer their unique perspectives and personal reflections on DACA and recipient Dreamers. Through their stories as well as relevant data, they will debunk myths and combat fears about these resilient, creative, and courageous contributors to our community. Through the power of their personal stories, we can learn how to become allies for our Dreamers.

For more Welcoming Week events, check out the City Calendar.

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Did you know that on June 21, 2017, the Bend City Council unanimously supported a resolution for the City of Bend to be recognized as a Welcoming City?!

Here is a link to the Welcoming City Resolution

You may be wondering: “What is a ‘Welcoming City’?” and “What does it mean for Bend?

In summary; Welcoming Cities are guided by the principles of inclusion and creating communities that prosper because everyone feels welcome; including immigrants and refugees. There are some specific inclusive actions that Bend committed to as a “Welcoming City” which will provide equitable access to the cities services and economic opportunities. This is not just a “warm and fuzzy”, in name only sort of resolution but something that, if Bend embraces it fully, can be impactful to our immigrant community. For example:

  • In alignment with Oregon state laws, Bend will continue to refrain from the use of City funds, personnel and equipment from enforcing federal immigration laws and detaining people solely on their immigration status.
  • Bend will ensure that all people, regardless of race, religion, economic status, cultural, or language backgrounds, can enjoy full access to services to which they are entitled.

Here is a link to the Welcoming America website for more details about this movement.