Good morning friends. We have some interesting links to share with you today:
- The City of Kent hosted a successful Refugee Employment Summit this month, partnering with a number of different agencies (including World Relief Seattle) to promote refugee employment in our area.
- Speaking of Cities: If your city is struggling through the economic recovery, consider inviting more refugees. A new economic study out of Ohio concludes that refugee resettlement adds millions of dollars to local economies each year.
- Comprehensive immigration reform remains in the headlines. There are enough votes in the House, but we are still waiting to know whether or not the GOP leadership will initiate a vote. Those on both sides of the aisle seem to agree that now is the time.
- The City of Seatac, where many of our clients now work, will be voting on an initiative to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour. If approved, Seatac workers would be receiving nearly double the federal minimum.
- Diwali, the Hindu ‘Festival of Lights’, is coming up this weekend. Seattle-area Sikhs, Jains and Hindus will gather to celebrate for five days of festivities. Speaking of holidays, keep in mind that Halloween can be pretty confusing to many new refugees and immigrants.
That’s all the news for today. Keep checking back for more updates and stories from our blog, Strangers in Seattle. May your days be filled with joy and laughter.