MIMA Community Matters: Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs

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February 2019

Interim Commissioner Harrison holds series of Meet and Greets with community

Mayor Pugh and Interim Commissioner Michael S. Harrison held a series of nine community meetings from February 11 to February 22 to get to know community members and garner their feedback. Throughout the meetings, Interim Commissioner Harrison highlighted the importance of building trust between local law enforcement and immigrant communities regardless of status to make Baltimore a safer place for everyone.   All of the meetings can be viewed on CharmTV’s YouTube channel.

In order to be fully instated as Police Commissioner, the City Council’s Executive Appointments Committee will need to vote to approve Harrison’s nomination. This committee hearing will take place on Wednesday, March 6, at 5 PM in Council Chambers on the 4th floor of City Hall and is open to the public. Should the committee vote to approve Harrison’s nomination, it will move to a full City Council vote, which is not yet scheduled. To stay informed of the process please visit http://www.baltimorecitycouncil.com/

MIMA thanks all the community members who attending meetings over the last few weeks and ensures that Baltimore’s New Americans were seen & heard.

Commissioner Harrison

Grant Opportunities

MIMA will start highlighting grant opportunities for community partners to apply to from City government, local grant-making organizations and from the State of Maryland!

Baltimore City Department of Housing & Community Development: Community Catalyst Grant
(due March 22, 2019)

Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts: Creative Baltimore Fund
(due March 31, 2019)

Maryland State Arts Council: FY19 Public Art Project Grants
(due April 29, 2019)

Maryland State Arts Council: FY19 Creativity Grant
(rolling basis until June 30, 2019)

MIMA en Español: El Programa de Becas Escolares de la Alcaldesa Pugh (Mayor’s Scholars Program)

El Programa de Becas Escolares de la Alcaldesa Pugh

Snapshot of Our Community: MIMA's Community Advisory Board

MIMA hosted the first meeting of its newly formed Community Advisory Board last Tuesday at City Hall. This group of 15 community members will play a critical role in better connecting the communities it serves by providing feedback on MIMA’s current and future work, notifying MIMA of issues or opportunities within Baltimore’s New American Communities, and serving as ambassadors of MIMA and the City of Baltimore within their respective communities.

Currently, this group is reviewing MIMA’s Strategic Plan for the upcoming year, and MIMA will release this plan for public comment later this month, so stay tuned!

MIMA would like to thank each member of the Advisory Board who attended the first meeting last week. The board members’ presence and valuable insights are key to MIMA’s effectiveness as a community advocate.

Community Advisory Board

Partner Spotlight: 4th Latinx Health Conference on March 19

Centro SOL, the Urban Health Institute and the American Academy of Pediatrics Maryland Chapter will host the 4th Latinx Health Conference at Sacred Heart of Jesus (600 S. Conkling St.) on March 19 from 8 AM to 4 PM.

This year’s theme is “Mind Your Health: Community-centered Solutions to Mental Health Issues,” and the conference will include information related to acculturation, protective mental health factors, disparities in treatment and prevention of mental health issues among the Latinx community, and mental health as a public health problem. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here.

Latinx Health Conference

National Happenings: Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Extension for Four Nations

The Department of Homeland Security issued a notice extending TPS protection through January 2020 for immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, and Sudan. The notice is expected to be officially published to the Federal Register on Friday, March 1, 2019.

TPS holders from these four countries should seek legal advice from licensed attorneys or legal service providers as soon as possible. Check out MIMA’s Welcome Guide for information regarding legal services or via AILA’s Immigration Lawyer Search

Calendar of Events

Jóvenes en Acción 2019
February 20th to May 11 – 4pm to 6pm
Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Ave, Baltimore MD 21224

Exhibition: Everyday, Everyday, Everyday, Everyday Freedoms
Now until March 17th
Fox Building
1305 W. Mt. Royal Ave., Baltimore MD 21217 

CASA de Maryland – ITIN Tax Charlas
Every Tuesday at 11am; every Wednesday at 5pm; every Thursday at 3pm until April 11th
CASA de Maryland
2224 E Fayette St, Baltimore, MD 21231, USA

Monsters & Myths at the Baltimore Museum of Art
Every Sunday in March from 2pm to 5pm
Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218 

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month celebration opening ceremony
March 1st – 7pm to 10:30pm
Shriver Auditorium, Shriver Hall
3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21218

Afro-Colombian Dance Party With Tribu Baharu
March 1st – 8pm ($18)
Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Ave, Baltimore MD 21224

Kerplunk! Crown Making with Mama Ebony
March 2nd – 12pm to 3pm
Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Ave, Baltimore MD 21224 

Walk-in Tour: Secretos de la cripta
March 2nd – 1pm to 2pm
The Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD

Learn Haitian Creole and Cultural Program
Every Sunday starting March 3rd – 2pm to 3:15pm
International Rescue Committee – Baltimore
1900 North Howard Street, Baltimore, MD 21218

Ekiben & Cocina Luchadores Pop-up Event – Cocina con Amor
March 4th – 11am to 3:30pm
1622 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21231

NEA Big Read: "I am a Citizen" Performance
March 6th – 6pm to 9pm
Patricia & Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric
140 W. Mt Royal Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201

Viva Brasil! Costumed Carnival Dance Party
March 8th – 8pm ($18)
Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Ave, Baltimore MD 21224

Esperanza Center – Un taller para las víctimas de crimen: “Que hacer después de un crimen?”
March 9th –11am to 12pm
Assisi House
1728 Bank St., Baltimore, MD 21231
Aprender de sus derechos y los servicios en la comunidad que para ayudar a las victimas después de un crimen.

Live Irish Music: Maggie Sansone & Darcy Nair
March 9th – 3pm
Enoch Pratt Free Library – Light Street Branch
1251 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21230

64th Baltimore St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 10th – 9am
Location TBD

Amigos Pequeñitos: Flores o Botones
March 15th – 10am to 11am
Patterson Park Audubon Center
2901 E Baltimore St., Baltimore, 21224

Viajeros Verdes: Nidos, Madrigueras, ¡Y mucho más!
March 16th – 10am to 11am
Patterson Park Audubon Center
2901 E Baltimore St., Baltimore, 21224

Latinx Health Conference: Mind Your Health: Community-centered solutions to mental health issues​​
March 19th – 8am to 4pm
Iglesia Sagrado Corazón de Jesús
600 S. Conkling St., Baltimore MD 21224

Connect for Immigrants: Become a Volunteer, Help your Immigrant Neighbor!
March 21st – 4pm to 7pm
University of Maryland Carey School of Law
500 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Peabody at the Library
March 23rd – 2pm
Enoch Pratt Free Library – Light Street Branch
1251 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21230

Talking About Race with Dr. Beverly Tatum and Dr. Sonja Santelises
March 25th – 6pm to 7:30pm
University of Baltimore Law School – Moot Court Room
1401 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21217

Artist Conversation with Ebony G. Patterson with Erricka Bridgeford
March 28th – 5pm to 6pm
Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218

The BIG Baltimore Kite Fest!
March 30th – 12pm to 4pm
The Pagoda at Patterson Park
Patterson Park Ave. and E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21224

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Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
100 N. Holliday Street, Room 250
Baltimore, MD  21202