SAVE THE DATE
SNL's 2nd Annual Banquet and Fellowship Celebration
Sunday, April 23rd from 1pm to 4pm
Ukrainian Cultural Center - 26601 Ryan Rd, Warren
Our keynote speaker will be Cindy Estrada, currently Strategic Advisor to AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler for the Center for Transformational Organizing. In 2010, she became the first Latina to serve as a UAW vice president. Four years later, she became the first woman and first Latina to lead the union's GM Department.
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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SNL Promotes COVID Vaccine Education and Access to Spanish Communities
In March SNL was awarded a $39,000 grant through Alianza Americas from the CDC to concentrate on farmworker, essential worker, and Spanish-speaking hard-to-reach populations.
Our task is to increase the number of people getting vaccines through presentations and by working with county health department pop-up vaccine clinics.
We raised another $10,000 from CCHD (Catholic Campaign for Human Development) as a Technical Assistance grant.
With these funds, we formed a Statewide Team with the four diocesan Directors of Hispanic Ministry in Grand Rapids, Saginaw, Lansing and Gaylord and with the directors of Hispanic Ministry in North Macomb (Sr. Val Knoche) and St. Mary Ann Arbor (Amy Ketner).
We will learn a lot about farmworkers and food processing plants through this effort and, most importantly, we are building new relationships statewide!
SNL's Statewide COVID Education Partners
Strangers No Longer is a network of parishes and congregations creating Circles of Support. . .
to provide assistance to immigrants in our area and to advocate for a comprehensive and humane immigration policy. We do this to put into practice the example of Jesus and Pope Francis: to receive strangers (the migrants) as our own brothers and sisters. Our support is shown in four ways:
1) Education – We strive to educate in the parishes and congregations about U.S. immigration policy, the effect it is having on real people, and the needs that arise out of this policy.
2) Direct Support/Accompaniment – We work with families directly in many ways including accompanying immigrant families to court, and providing transportation, translation, and emergency financial support.
3) Advocacy – We advocate for more humane policies and practices toward immigrants at local, state, and national levels -- meeting with local officials, asking them to make policies and practices that reflect the values of the parish.
4) Spiritual Integration - The work of Strangers No Longer is deeply rooted in scripture, the tradition of Catholic Social Teaching, and the experience of the presence of God in the lives of the people we serve and our members. The Spiritual Integration team supports the members during leadership and larger assembly meetings through reflections on where God is moving in individuals and the organization.
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