As 2015 draws to a close, we at Arkansas United Community Coalition (AUCC, Arkansas Unido) realize that it would be easy to dwell on the challenges that immigrants have faced in the past year. Instead, we reflect on the many moments we have shared that have inspired hope and change. This year, 9 Arkansas Mayors issued Welcoming Proclamations, self-identifying themselves as communities that are welcoming to our new Americans; government and nonprofit partners joined forces to open 5 regional Immigrant Resource Centers in Springdale, Fort Smith, De Queen, Little Rock and McGehee, with a sixth in projection in Jonesboro; over 44 Arkansans traveled to New Orleans to be a voice in defense of positive reforms, which would enable over 20,000+ Arkansans to come out of the shadows and live and work in Arkansas to a fuller potential; 70 new Arkansans accepted the challenge to learn to organize and support immigrant communities; 3 regional coalitions formed to tackle new opportunities for immigrant integration in our state; approximately 40 undocumented, Arkansas immigrants shared their personal stories of hope and integration on social media; amongst many others. During this holiday season, please know, Arkansas, that we are very grateful for the opportunity that you have given us to accompany these special moments, and for the four years of “moments”, like these, that we can look to and celebrate as we close-on yet another anniversary and milestone, next month, for our Arkansas immigrant movement.
Don’t forget: there is still time in 2015, to become an AUCC member (https://act.myngp.com/Forms/
Felices fiestas! We look forward to seeing you at our January 2016 State Convention!
Your AUCC Team,