Strangers No Longer (SNL) is a network of Circles of Support formed in Catholic parishes, congregations and immigrant communities to support our immigrant neighbors and to advocate for a comprehensive and humane immigration policy.
"We cannot remain insensitive, our hearts deadened before the misery of so many innocent people. We must not fail to weep. We must not fail to respond.” Pope Francis
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Promotores de Salud / Health Promoters
Strangers No Longer enters a third year of our Statewide Health Promoter Project, in collaboration with the Catholic Dioceses of Grand Rapids, Gaylord, and Saginaw. This year our team includes 4 Health Promoters and 8 Apprentice Health Promoters, located in the Holland / Grand Rapids, Leelanau / Traverse City, and Bay City / Saginaw regions.
This project, funded by Center for Disease Control, equips the health promoters to outreach to their local Spanish-speaking, rural and farmworker communities, bringing education, resources and dialogue about COVID-19 care, including the vaccine. They are also learning about other health concerns among their communities, such as mental health needs. Through their work, these promoters build new relationships across the state.
Our Drive Safe Advocacy Day on February 28th was a Success!
Over 160 SNL members and friends made the trip to Lansing. We met with 65 legislators. We had a large representation from both our Latino and Anglo members.
We welcomed some VIPs to our meeting room: Sen. Stephanie Chang, Sen. Jeff Irwin, Sen. Mary Cavanagh, and Paul Stankiewicz from the Michigan Catholic Conference.
Over 30 students and their teachers from three high schools joined us—Cristo Rey in Detroit, Shrine in Royal Oak, and Brother Rice--to meet with legislators.
Our event was the lead story on WLNS Channel 6 news in Lansing at 12 noon.
Sen. Jeff Irwin, whose office arranged for our meeting rooms, introduced Strangers No Longer on the Senate floor in the morning. Rep. Tyrone Carter introduced our high school students on the House floor in the afternoon. Over 20 Dominican Sisters joined us, expanding our meetings to include legislators from the Adrian area.
Assembly to Affirm Human Dignity What a Celebration!
Over 350 people gathered at the Carpenters & Millwrights Training Center in Detroit on Friday, December 9th for our first-ever Assembly to Affirm Human Dignity and to endorse our platform of issues immigrants face every day living in Michigan.
With rousing prayer and song and testimonies, we welcomed each other as well as representatives from Oakland and Macomb counties and the City of Detroit. State Senators Mary Cavanagh and Jeff Irwin and State Representatives Tyrone Carter and Regina Weiss were in attendance. 60 students from six area Catholic high schools were present as well.
There was great fellowship and tons of energy. Everyone present promised to work to get bills passed that will allow Michigan residents to obtain drivers licenses without regard to immigration status.
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