Welcome to Immigrant Pathways Colorado
Dear friends of Immigrant Pathways Colorado
It is with a heavy heart that we write to you today.
Like you, the Board of Immigrant Pathways Colorado was shocked, angered and saddened by the killing of a black man, George Floyd, by a white policeman. It was another devastating example that, sadly, racism still exists within our country and is impacting many communities.
No law-abiding person should live in fear of the very police who are supposed to protect us all. And yet millions of African-Americans live with that fear every single day.
And they are not alone.
Too often immigrants and refugees – even those in the country legally — live in fear of the authorities and of racist neighbors.
Many of the hard-working people you have helped Immigrant Pathways Colorado support with “self-development” grants and scholarships have brown or black skin and face routine discrimination in employment, health care, education and more. Some are Muslim women who wear traditionally modest gowns and often suffer harassment as they walk about in public.
We know that there is a deep racial divide in our country — but we also know that there are many good people like you who do not share racist beliefs. It is our responsibility as people of conscience to act.
We must commit to learning how we can take a stand against racism and oppression.
We must show up for racial justice in our conversations, our actions and in the causes we support.
For the last decade, Immigrant Pathways Colorado has partnered with you to build a thriving community for all – and we must continue our dedication to that cause. The hard work we have done together cannot be in vain.
The Board of Directors,
Immigrant Pathways Colorado
For some additional steps you can take to combat racism, visit https://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/kivel3.pdf
Immigrant Pathways Colorado was founded in 2009 to support self-development activities and the integration of immigrants and refugees into the Denver Metro area. Immigrant Pathways Colorado is a community-supported 501(c)3 organization.
Our Vision: To create a community in which immigrants feel they are welcome, belong and can contribute.
Our Mission: To assist immigrants to make Colorado their home and to build mutually respectful relationships within the community.
Our Values: We honor the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals. We pledge ourselves to create and maintain an organization that respects diverse traditions, heritages and experiences. We encourage immigrants of all ages to integrate fully into the social fabric of the community.
Your help is needed to provide a warm welcome to the Metro area’s newest neighbors. Donate today!
Immigrant Pathways Colorado partners with a number of metro-wide organizations, including the Littleton Immigrant Resource Center (LIRC) at Bemis Public Library in Littleton. There are many opportunities to volunteer with the Center as a citizenship or English-language mentor, in the office, and on special projects. Call 303-795-3968 or click here to volunteer with the LIRC!
“Becoming a citizen of the United States is very important to me because it gives me a better tomorrow and an opportunity to get to the next level in my life as a mother and first and foremost a woman. It will help me be successful.” ~Estela from Mexico
Thank you to our sponsors
Helen K. Amter, In Memorium