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Cities of Migration

Monday, April 18, 2011

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In this issue:
Opinion @Cities of Migration: Aga Khan
Turn up the Volume! Media Stories with Impact!
Interview @Cities of Migration: Frank Sharry
Exclusive Online Premiere!
Police Bring Community Outreach to City Hall
On the Trail of Good Ideas: Catching the world from Cranford, New Jersey
Healthy Communities: Immigrants Helping Immigrants Access Healthcare
Good Ideas in the News

the Aga Khan Opinion @Cities of Migration: Aga Khan

His Highness the Aga Khan on embracing pluralism

"The world we seek is not a world where difference is erased, but where difference can be a powerful force for good..."

>> Read Opinion


Turn up the Volume! Media Stories with Impact!

The impact of new media on social change is a fresh chapter on an old story, but getting the message out with 'volume and velocity' is as critical as ever. This month's interview asks Frank Sharry, America's Voice, for an insider's view on using smart media to tell your story.

Choose your channel! This month, conversation lights up the grid at the virtual Dialogue Cafe. Radio brings diverse voices into the mainstream in Barcelona and Toronto. Here at Cities of Migration, our Twitter and Youtube channels are introducing our work to new audiences - and helping us hear your stories.

Surprise is an effective messenger! Read about how police are contributing to safe, inclusive communities in Newport News, Amsterdam and Toronto, Cardiff, Wellington and Madrid.


Frank Sharry Interview @Cities of Migration: Frank Sharry

"Migration is a gift to cities..."  

Few people know the American immigration reform scene as well as Frank Sharry, first as the Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum and now as founder of America’s Voice. An advocate for 11 million undocumented immigrants, he calls America’s Voice the “communications war room” for the immigration reform movement. He now sees the future of reform in city mayors, police chiefs and undocumented young people growing up in America.

>> Read Interview


CoM Video Exclusive Online Premiere!

You are invited to the world premiere of our new online video! Come take a whirlwind tour of Cities of Migration.

>> Click here to watch - available in English, German, French and Spanish!


Police Outreach Police Bring Community Outreach to City Hall

When Sergeant Xavier Falero and a small group of Spanish-speaking police officers started to reach out to a changing Hispanic population in their hometown of Newport News, they had no idea their work would lead to changes throughout their city.

>> Read about the Good Idea


Nicholas Montalto On the Trail of Good Ideas: Catching the world from Cranford, New Jersey

Good Ideas about successful integration practice are easy to export and are traveling from city to city. This month, Dr. Nicholas V. Montalto, from Cranford, New Jersey in the US, highlights the importance of sharing examples of what works across international networks.

Meet: Dr. Nicholas V. Montalto, President, Diversity Dynamics, LLC, and American Immigrant Policy Portal, Cranford, New Jersey, US

"I think it's extremely important to build a strong evidence base for our work in the area of immigrant integration, if for no other reason than to justify the investment of public and private funds in programs of this type. We need to demonstrate positive outcomes in people's lives and real benefits to the broader community."

>> Read full article


Health Webinar Healthy Communities: Immigrants Helping Immigrants Access Healthcare

Last month’s Cities of Migration webinar series presented Healthy Communities: Immigrants Helping Immigrants Access Healthcare, a city-to-city conversation between Ramazan Salman, MiMi- with Migrants for Migrants program (Hannover), and José Ramón Fernández-Peńa, Welcome Back Initiative (San Francisco).

Their insightful strategies address the need for better outreach for both immigrant communities and immigrant health professionals. These Good Ideas have traveled across 8 cities in the United States and 52 cities in Europe! To find out the secret to their success, watch or listen to their webinar recording and find related resources online!

>> Read full article


Good Ideas in the News

The Dialogue Café: Taking city-to-city conversations to a new level, the Dialogue Café allows people in different cities to convene discussions using CISCO’s life-sized video-teleconferencing. More.

Field Trip! Dutch diversity programme sends senior police officers abroad to develp 'intercultural competencies'. More.

Fundación Bertelsmann convenes journalists on media responsibility: Spanish journalists share insights on a common agenda to promote more responsible news on integration and immigration in the media. More.

Generation 3.0, a new multimedia project! The brainchild of leading UK race equality think-tank, The Runnymede Trust, brings together children and older generations to explore ordinary people’s suggestions on how to end racism in the UK. More.

Hamburg: SchlauFox wins The Tulip for raising cultural awareness and its outstanding commitment to education to the city's young people. More.

Diversity in Governance: A Toolkit for Nonprofit Boards: Use Maytree’s comprehensive toolkit when working with boards on issues around diversity and governance. Read more and access the toolkit.

US Census 2010 reports that Hispanics are rising force in US population: In late March, the results of the US 2010 Census showed that the Hispanic population is 50 million. The Pew Hispanic Center has a great set of resources showing the changes in this population through their blog and report.

Building a Stronger Democracy: A New Decade for Immigrant Integration, 4th Annual National Immigrant Integration Conference, Seattle, October 24-26, 2011. More.

OPENCities Conference: OPENCities and Economic Recovery: why city openness matters during recession, Brussels, May 25, 2011. Registration now open.


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Good Ideas Index

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Upcoming Webinar

Listen up! Media Strategies for Diverse Cities
Date: May 17

Join Cities of Migration online for a 60-minute webinar to learn about media diversity and the strategies behind the success of local radio broadcasters in Barcelona and Toronto. Find out how to improve your audience ratings by responding to changing demographics and sharing your city's immigrant experience.

Register now!


Featured Good Idea

Prayas: Indian theatre in English for all New Zealanders

Auckland, New Zealand

New cultures on stage brings audiences together in the communities they share. Read more.


Good Ideas Video Gallery


In a curated video gallery, Cities of Migration showcases good ideas in integration from cities all around the world.

Watch the videos on our Youtube channel.


Submit a Good Idea!

At Cities of Migration, our Good Ideas about successful integration practice are traveling from city to city.

Our Good Ideas also travel from reader to reader. We want to share these stories with you.

Do you have a Cities of Migration story to share? Contact us: citiesofmigration@maytree.com


Contact Cities of Migration

Maytree (Toronto)
Kim Turner, Project Leader
Piali Roy, Writer/ Web Editor
Evelyn Siu, Project Coordinator
Aisling Riordan, Program Assistant
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