National Welcoming Week, Sept. 13-21 | Not in Our Town

National Welcoming Week, Sept. 13-21

Not In Our Town partnered with Welcoming America around the release of our film, Light in the Darkness, a PBS documentary that explores how a New York village came together following anti-immigrant violence.

Welcoming America works with affiliates nationwide to engage the towns that welcome immigrants. In addition to online activities that feature Not In Our Town, Welcoming America hosts National Welcoming Week, starting on Sept. 13!

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During the week of Sept. 13-21, 2014, Welcoming America and its partners across the country will host National Welcoming Week, a nationwide event that will highlight the contributions of immigrants to American communities.  

Throughout the country, National Welcoming Week events will bring together immigrants and U.S.-born community members in a spirit of unity through service projects and cultural events.

Join a Welcoming Week Event in Your Community

Currently, events are being planned in communities across the country - to find the one closest to you, visit

Not In Our Town Ideas for Welcoming Week

National Welcoming Week is a great opportunity to support your local immigrant community. Here are some ideas to get Not In Our Town groups started.

1. Screen Waking In Oak Creek and spark a discussion in your community. 

Waking In Oak Creek (33:00) profiles a suburban town rocked by hate after six worshipers at a Sikh Temple are killed by a white supremacist. In the year following the attack, the film highlights a community and law enforcement working together to overcome tragedy, stand up to hate, and create a safe town for all.

Request a free DVD and screen it in your town. 

The film was produced in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office as part of the Not In Our Town: Working Together for Safe, Inclusive Communities Initiative.

2. Dissolve Stereotypes (Activity)

This popular activity was inspired by a Not In Our School campaign but remains an effective way to talk about bias in a hands-on way. The activity can be easily adapted for all age levels.

Find a short film and activity guide for the Stereotype Pool activity here.

Launched in 2012 by the nonprofit organization, Welcoming America, National Welcoming Week is the first nationwide event in which immigrants and U.S.-born individuals come together to create stronger communities.

Learn more at and share your activites on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #welcomingweek.  


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