Austin's World Refugee Day
Jun
16
11:30 AM11:30

Austin's World Refugee Day

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Join the Austin Refugee Roundtable and the Bullock Museum for a free celebration of World Refugee Day Saturday, June 16, 2018, 11:30am-3:00pm.

Commemorate the United Nations' World Refugee Day at the Bullock Museum with a naturalization ceremony, free samples of world cuisine, live music, and activities for families with kids of all ages. Master of Ceremonies, Greg Ciotti, is representing KOOP Radio's Community Council whose charter is to highlight individuals and organizations that are giving back in our community.

 

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Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

World Refugee Day Houston

The Houston Refugee Consortium will celebrate refugees’ courage and contributions at the World Refugee Day Houston event on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at the United Way of Greater Houston from 6:00-8:00pm.


A panel of experts that will speak to the size of the global refugee crisis and solutions by the local agencies, faith partners, and businesses that support refugees on a national and local levels as well as changes in the U.S. policy over the last year and ways for the community to support refugee resettlement.

More information here: http://www.worldrefugeedayhouston.org

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World Refugee Day Celebration in Dallas
Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

World Refugee Day Celebration in Dallas

Come and celebrate culture and community at the 2018 Dallas World Refugee Day! Enjoy performances, carnival games, arts and crafts, and food and refreshments as we honor the refugee community in Dallas.

This event is free and open to the public. All members of the community are welcome!

Want to help make this year's event amazing? Visit our Amazon Wishlist at the link below and purchase an item for the celebration:
https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2HDSOC0TRVBKR?&sort=default

We will also be posting in this event about volunteer opportunities.

Event hosted by Northwest Community CenterInternational Rescue Committee in TexasCatholic Charities DallasRefugee Services of Texas - Dallas, and Mosaic Family Services

Event sponsored by Tyson Foods, Frost Bank, Fellowship Church of Dallas, Half Price Books, Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, and DJ Riz Entertainment.

 Like the event on Facebook for more information as details are confirmed: https://www.facebook.com/events/1674169366001538/

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Fort Worth's World Refugee Day
Jun
23
11:00 AM11:00

Fort Worth's World Refugee Day

Come and celebrate culture and community at the 2018 Fort Worth World Refugee Day! Enjoy performances, games, arts and crafts, and food and refreshments as we honor the refugee community in Fort Worth.

This event is free and open to the public. All members of the community are welcome!

Want to make our event more special? Purchase an item from our Amazon Wishlist here: http://a.co/6G21cOr

We will also be posting about volunteer opportunities on our Facebook event page.

Event hosted by University Christian Church of Fort Worth

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Salaam Supper Training
May
25
9:30 AM09:30

Salaam Supper Training

We have Salaam Supper Trainings 4th Friday of each month at the RST Austin Office May - August!

A Salaam Supper is a gathering of friends, family, colleagues and/or members of your community for a meal to learn about refugees and to raise awareness and funding to support their welcome. It does not take much to have or host a Salaam Supper--just a place, a meal and an open mind. Refugee Services of Texas can provide information about refugees, programs, and a resource toolkit.

Find out more about Salaam Suppers here: https://www.rstx.org/salaamsupper

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Austin Refugee Day Festival
May
6
8:30 PM20:30

Austin Refugee Day Festival

The third-annual Austin Refugee Day Festival & Soccer Tournament will be on Sunday, May 6th at Givens District Park.

This free event is open to the public and will be a fun park day for the community! It will include a 7-on-7 soccer tournament (with a cash prize!), kids’ activities including inflatables like a velcro wall and bounce house, carnival games for prizes, face painting etc, as well as information and resource booths for attendees. 

Find out more here: https://atxrefugeedayfestival.com

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Auditions for the Light and Salt Children’s Choir
May
5
2:00 AM02:00

Auditions for the Light and Salt Children’s Choir

Light and Salt Children’s Choir is inviting children or all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds, ages 4 through 12th grade to sing and perform in the choir together. 

for more information, call choir director David Choe at (972) 439-5583 or email david.h.choe@gmail.com

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Apr
30
9:30 AM09:30

Deadline to nominate your choice for the Immigrant Journey Awards Gala

Deadline to nominate your choice for the immigrant entrepreneur, professional, community leader, or advocate for the June 15th Immigrant Journey Awards Gala. Nominate online at https://immigrantjourney.org/  

The award categories are:

Immigrant Entrepreneur Award – Honoring an immigrant business owner who has founded a highly successful business in DFW and who serves as a model and inspiration of success.

Immigrant Professional Excellence Award – Honoring an immigrant who has demonstrated significant professional achievements in their field and whose advancements in their field have positively impacted their profession or community.

Immigrant Spirit Award – Recognizing an immigrant civic leader or elected official who has contributed substantially to the community or the region.

Immigrant Advocate Award – Recognizing an individual, organization, business, or governmental entity who has made a positive impact on the lives of immigrants, and who advocates on behalf of immigrants.

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Auditions for the Light and Salt Children’s Choir
Apr
28
2:00 PM14:00

Auditions for the Light and Salt Children’s Choir

Light and Salt Children’s Choir is inviting children or all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds, ages 4 through 12th grade to sing and perform in the choir together. 

for more information, call choir director David Choe at (972) 439-5583 or email david.h.choe@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/themeltingpotvickery/photos/rpp.297180400307287/2176409932384315/?type=3&theater

 

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Refugee Mental Health and Wellness Conference
Apr
21
8:30 AM08:30

Refugee Mental Health and Wellness Conference

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants in partnership with The Alliance and the University of St. Thomas Center for International Studies is hosting a conference on Refugee Mental Health and Wellness as part of the Refugee Wellness Initiative.

Come listen to lectures and training from keynote speaker Dr. Jeffrey Kottler, refugee expert Dr. Sophia Banu and many other speakers. The event includes nine-afternoon breakout sessions with an overview of refugee mental health and wellness topics, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue, enhancing language services, and presentations by mental health professionals, medical professionals and immigration law experts.

Social Adjustment Case Manager Zainab Ihsan will be on a panel discussing challenges of medical case management. 

Reserve your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/refugee-mental-health-and-wellness-conference-tickets-44418558103?aff=

 

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Know Your Rights
Apr
12
6:30 PM18:30

Know Your Rights

Join a local attorney from Schwamkrug, Freshwater & Lopez PLLC to familiarize yourself with your rights in the United States of America. She will also cover lesser-known ways to obtain immigration status and answer any questions.

KNOW...what to do if the authorities knock on your door.
KNOW...what to do if you're stopped or detained by the police.
KNOW...what to do if you're discriminated against.

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A Conversation About Effects of Travel Bans on the Dallas Community
Apr
12
6:15 PM18:15

A Conversation About Effects of Travel Bans on the Dallas Community

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Deep Vellum Publishing, International Rescue Committee, and Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture present: A Conversation About Effects of Travel Bans on the Dallas Community

Facebook Event RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/358207881340165/

Banthology: Stories From Banned Nations Book Launch & Panel Discussion - about the Muslim travel bans and their impacts. More about the book here: https://deepvellum.org/product/banthology/

Banthology: Stories From Banned Nations features writings from: Anoud, Wajdi al-Ahdal, Cristina Ali Farah, Najwa Bin Shatwan, Rania Mamoun, Fereshteh Molavi, & Zaher Omareen. Translated by Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp, Basma Ghalayini, Perween Richards, Sawad Hussain, William M. Hutchins, and Hope Campbell Gustafson. An emotional, timely collection of specially-commissioned writings from nations included in Trump’s ban: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.

Featured Panelists: 

  • Bill Holston, Executive Director of Human Rights Initiative of North Texas
  • Imam Omar Suleiman, Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research
  • Susanna Lubanga, Interim Executive Director of International Rescue Committee in Texas
  • Chris Hamilton and Paul Wingo, Attorneys who led the powerful army of volunteer lawyers who converged on Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to offer free legal aid to immigrants detained under President Donald Trump’s travel ban
  • Dr. Larry Allums will moderate the panel discussion.


The panelists will discuss the relevance and timeliness of the book Banthology: Stories From Banned Nations, which was commissioned by Comma Press in the UK and subsequently published in the US by Dallas-based nonprofit literary arts organization, Deep Vellum Publishing. Seven authors from the seven “banned” countries write stories in various literary genres to shed light on those countries’ experiences with the effects of the president’s travel ban. The panelists will also discuss the U.S. administration's travel bans, the effects the bans have had on Muslims, refugees, asylum seekers, and the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (including DFW airport detentions) in our own community, and the path these leaders have chosen to take in response to these bans. 

6:15 PM Reception with refreshments provided by Break Bread, Break Borders,
7:00 - 8:30 PM Panel Discussion and Q&A

Lead Contact for Event: Tiffany Jelke
Lead Contact Email: tiffany.jelke@rescue.org
Lead Contact Phone Number: (940) 765-0992

The panel discussion will be video recorded and posted on Human Rights Media's YouTube Channel for the public afterward.

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Know Your Rights
Apr
7
1:00 PM13:00

Know Your Rights

Join a local attorney from Schwamkrug, Freshwater & Lopez PLLC to familiarize yourself with your rights in the United States of America. She will also cover lesser-known ways to obtain immigration status and answer any questions.

KNOW...what to do if the authorities knock on your door.
KNOW...what to do if you're stopped or detained by the police.
KNOW...what to do if you're discriminated against.

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Arturo García Menéndez
Mar
25
3:30 PM15:30

Arturo García Menéndez

RST is celebrating 40 years of open hearts and fresh starts this year. In honor of our 40th anniversary, RST is looking back on the history of refugees and the contributions they have made to the world.

García was born Andrés Arturo García Menéndez in Havana, Cuba. When García was five years old, the family moved to Miami, Florida, after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion. García began acting at Florida International University but soon went to Hollywood. García was nominated at the Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Godfather III on March 25th, 1991.

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The Indochina Migration and Refugee Assistance Act
Mar
23
3:30 PM15:30

The Indochina Migration and Refugee Assistance Act

RST is celebrating 40 years of open hearts and fresh starts this year. In honor of our 40th anniversary, RST is looking back on the history of refugees and the contributions they have made to the world.

The Indochina Migration and Refugee Assistance Act was created in response to the end of the Vietnam War. It was passed on May 23rd, 1975, under President Gerald Ford. Under this act, 130,000 refugees were able to resettle in the United States  in 1975 from South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.

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Lilli Hornig
Mar
22
3:30 PM15:30

Lilli Hornig

RST is celebrating 40 years of open hearts and fresh starts this year. In honor of our 40th anniversary, RST is looking back on the history of refugees and the contributions they have made to the world.

Hornig was born on March 22nd, 1921 in a small town outside of Prague. When she was eight, her family moved to Berlin. After the Nazis came to power in 1933, Hornig's father was threatened with imprisonment in a concentration camp, and the family immigrated to the United States. Hornig worked on the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos & was among the Los Alamos scientists who signed a petition to have a demonstration of the bomb’s destruction rather than dropping it on civilian populations in Japan.

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Keinan Abdi Warsame
Mar
18
3:30 PM15:30

Keinan Abdi Warsame

RST is celebrating 40 years of open hearts and fresh starts this year. In honor of our 40th anniversary, RST is looking back on the history of refugees and the contributions they have made to the world.

Keinan Abdi Warsame, better known by his stage name as K'naan, was a child refugee at 12 years old in Somalia. With a sense of urgency to leave war torn Somalia, K’Naan and his family left their homeland for Toronto. His song "Wavin' Flag" was released on March 18th, 2009 and would later be chosen by Coca-Cola as the anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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Refugee Act of 1980
Mar
17
3:30 PM15:30

Refugee Act of 1980

RST is celebrating 40 years of open hearts and fresh starts this year. In honor of our 40th anniversary, RST is looking back on the history of refugees and the contributions they have made to the world.

This purpose of the Refugee Act of 1980 was to create a standard procedure to help resettle refugees in the United States, and it is the basis of current refugee resettlement procedures today. The act was completed on March 3rd, 1980, and was signed by President Jimmy Carter on March 17th, 1980. This was the first comprehensive amendment of U.S. general immigration laws designed to face up to the realities of modern refugee situations by stating a clear-cut national policy.

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Guillermo Cabrera
Mar
13
3:30 PM15:30

Guillermo Cabrera

RST is celebrating 40 years of open hearts and fresh starts this year. In honor of our 40th anniversary, RST is looking back on the history of refugees and the contributions they have made to the world.

A one-time supporter of the Castro regime, Cabrera Infante went into exile to London in 1965. Guillermo Cabrera Infante was a novelist, short-story writer, film critic, and essayist who was the most prominent Cuban writer living in exile and the best-known spokesman against Fidel Castro’s regime. Cabrera Infante was the principal writer on the movie Vanishing Point, which came out on this day in 1971. He was one of the most important writers to come out of Cuba in the last Century.

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Rachel Weisz
Mar
7
3:30 PM15:30

Rachel Weisz

RST is celebrating 40 years of open hearts and fresh starts this year. In honor of our 40th anniversary, RST is looking back on the history of refugees and the contributions they have made to the world.

Weisz was born to two refugees, George Weisz, a mechanical engineer/inventor from Hungary and Edith Ruth, a teacher-turned-psychotherapist from Vienna, Austria. Her parents left for the United Kingdom around 1938, before the outbreak of the Second World War to escape the Nazis. Weisz played Evanora, in Oz the Great and Powerful, which opened on March 7th, 2013.  Weisz has won some outstanding awards such as a 2005 Golden Globe and 2006 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Constant Gardener.

 

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