Bob Blancato, IADLC Chair
IADLC IS PROUD TO SUPPORT THE 1ST ANNUAL IMMIGRANT HERITAGE MONTH
Italian American Democratic Leadership Council Joins Nation-Wide Effort to Highlight Immigrant Impact on History and Future of America
WASHINGTON, DC–Today, the Italian American Democratic Leadership Council announced its support of the first ever Immigrant Heritage Month, an initiative organized by the non‐profit Welcome.us to partner with corporations, media outlets, organizations, celebrities, athletes, faith, civic, and political leaders together and share inspirational stories of American immigrants.
More than 4 million Italians immigrated to America in the early twentieth century in search of economic opportunity and a new beginning. Today, more than 17 million people in the United States identify as Italian Americans. The IADLC is dedicated to remembering and promoting the rich history of these Italian immigrants and that of immigrants of all ethnic backgrounds who share our stories of perseverance and success in face of great hardship.
Supporters are encouraged to connect with Immigrant Heritage Month through social media or events in their city and share their own unique immigration story. Immigrant Heritage Month will focus on four key themes:
As Italian Americans across the country celebrate at the myriad of “La Festa Italiana” this month, we encourage them to remember and celebrate that America is a nation of immigrants, strengthened by its diversity and inclusion. If you're interested in sharing your immigrant story, you can do so on the IADLC's facebook page or email us here and we can help add your story to those in the larger Welcome.US community.
Welcome.us, a new non-‐profit organization, is dedicated to celebrating a United States that is fueled by immigrants from around the world. Led by Tolu Olubunmi, an immigrant and DREAMer, the organization is focused on launching the Welcome.us campaign and establishing Immigrant Heritage Month to honor the ways in which America and the immigrants who have built our country are linked in a shared, productive history. Welcome.us is supported by FWD.us, which was founded by Mark Zuckerberg, Marissa Mayer, Reid Hoffman, Bill Gates, Padmasree Warrior, and other tech leaders. Our Honorary Board for Immigrant Heritage Month includes: Mayor Eric Garcetti, Congressmen Valadao, Congressman Crowley, Congressman Honda, Congressman Polis, , Lisa Kudrow, Jared Leto, Russell Simmons, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Bolton, Kenny G, and many more. Learn more about the campaign and Immigrant Heritage Month by visiting Welcome.us.
ABOUT THE ITALIAN AMERICAN DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
For almost twenty years, the Italian American Democratic Leadership Council has been the national voice of Italian Americans in the Democratic Party -- the national political action committee supporting candidates for Congress and major statewide offices, reaching out to Italian American voters for their presidential candidates, and promoting the appointment of Italian Americans at the national level. To learn more about the IADLC visit http://www.iadlc.org/.
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