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DESCRIPTION: July 8, 2008. Boston, MA. Groups and leaders representing diverse immigrant communities, faith, and labor launched Welcoming Massachusetts, which was founded on the belief that the people of Massachusetts remember, honor, and value immigrant roots and embrace shared values that unite people. Speakers talked about the need and importance of respecting the dignity of all communities across Massachusetts. Attendees stood together to form the shape of a heart in an age-old tradition symbolizing welcoming and empathy. Using a set of consensus principles as an education platform, Welcoming Massachusetts will aim to gather organizational and individual signatures in support of a pledge to make Massachusetts a welcoming state. Organizations and leaders will spread Welcoming Massachusetts principles and message through organizing, education and dialogue.
CREDITS: © 2008 Marilyn Humphries
COPYRIGHT: © 2008 Marilyn Humphries