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Somali Graduation & Scholarship Program

  Somali Graduation & Scholarship Program

The SomalCAN Graduation and Scholarship Program is an annual tradition that celebrates the educational excellence of Somali-American youth who graduate from high schools and colleges in Ohio. The event will be held on July 7 at 6pm at Hilton Easton, 3900 Chagrin Drive, Columbus OH 43219. Scholarships will be awarded to a dozen students. Please […]

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Columbus Turns Out for Families Separated at the Border

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Columbus Turns Out for Families Separated at the Border

It’s a beautiful day for a protest. That’s good news for those taking part in the nationwide action planned for Saturday, June 30, dubbed the Families Belong Together march. The local version took place at the Statehouse on Saturday morning, with a crowd of hundreds pouring into Capitol Square in the 90 degree heat. They […]

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Fight Family Separation Fundraiser

  Fight Family Separation Fundraiser

A fundraiser to FIGHT family separations at the border Drink Specials! Catering from Freedom a la Cart! Por’ketta Food Truck! A speaker from RAICES Texas with updates from the border! More speakers to be announced! And even more activities and advocacy opportunities! Join us at the St. James Tavern for fundraiser to benefit two charities: […]

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Immigration and Refugees in Central Ohio – A Panel Discussion

  Immigration and Refugees in Central Ohio – A Panel Discussion

Jennifer Nimer, from the Council on American-Islamic Relations – Columbus; Jhuma Acharya, of Community Refugee and Immigration Services; and Amanda Pritt, from US Together, will share the challenges and issues facing immigrants in our community. They will also answer questions about the work they do and the people they serve.

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In a Fusion of Faith and Political Struggle, Sanctuary Becomes a Movement

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega In a Fusion of Faith and Political Struggle, Sanctuary Becomes a Movement

As the discourse around immigration reform changes daily, Edith Espinal’s own pending citizenship continues to hang in the balance. The undocumented mother of three has been confined to her sanctuary at Columbus Mennonite Church (CMC) in Clintonville since October 2017, when a judge denied her asylum case and issued an order for her deportation. Espinal […]

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Life as an Undocumented Immigrant in Columbus

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Life as an Undocumented Immigrant in Columbus

Right now, there are about 48 undocumented immigrants in sanctuary across the country. Several are in Ohio. One, Edith Espinal, is here in Columbus. Since October 10, 2017 — her deportation date — Espinal has been under virtual house arrest at Columbus Mennonite Church (CMC) in Clintonville. As a place of worship, CMC is considered […]

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OH-Employment GreenCard Reforms Campaign

  OH-Employment GreenCard Reforms Campaign

Employment based immigrants must wait over 90 years to receive a green card due to archaic per country limits. This is an issue that acutely impacts Immigrants from highly populated countries such as India that also have the largest pool of high-skilled man power, estimating around 300,000. All the Individuals impacted have been hired by […]

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