MIMA Community Matters: Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs

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March 2019

Save the Date: 9th Baltimore Immigration Summit

Baltimore Immigration Summit

SAVE THE DATE: the 9th Baltimore Immigration Summit will take place on Friday, May 31 at Coppin State University. The theme of this year’s Summit is "Restoring Hope through Solidarity," which captures the critical nature of collaboration with and on behalf of New Americans. Additionally, this year's theme resists the recent hateful rhetoric coming from the national stage and celebrates the ongoing good work of New Americans and their advocates in Baltimore. Join us and prepare to be reenergized by narratives of hope and resilience in the Baltimore region as you discover new opportunities for collaboration!

The Summit is a one day event from 8:30AM to 4:30 PM. Coffee and pastries as well as lunch will be included. After a keynote address in the morning, attendees will be able to choose from a variety of panel presentations. The full schedule will be released in April. Best of all, this event is completely FREE!

While registration will not be open until early April, please mark your calendars. You can stay abreast of any updates on the Summit via MIMA’s Facebook page or the Baltimore Immigration Summit website. See you on May 31!

Mayor’s Scholars Program Application DUE on April 20th

Mayors Scholars

The Mayor’s Scholars Program allows eligible new high school graduates who are residents of Baltimore City to attend Baltimore City Community College tuition-free through a last-dollar scholarship. This partnership between BCCC, Baltimore City Public Schools, and Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh is an exciting opportunity that makes college and job training programs affordable and helps students move toward a rewarding career and financial security.

The scholarship is available to students regardless of income, GPA, immigration status, and English Language Proficiency. Don’t miss this opportunity and apply by Saturday, April 20th.

For more information on how to apply, please visit www.bccc.com  or call 410-462-8300.

Grant Opportunities

Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation - Baltimore City Community Grants Program
Grants up to $10,000 per year and a maximum of one year, are available for general operating support, program support, equipment, and capacity building (e.g., evaluation and audit costs).

Helen J. Serini Foundation – Leadership Development Grants Program
Leadership Development grants are intended to support the leadership and/or professional development of key staff within a non-profit organization. Applications for all grant requests must be made via the organization’s online portal prior to July 15, 2019 for consideration.

The Abell Foundation
The Foundation accepts requests for programs serving underserved populations by supporting innovative, results-oriented efforts to solve systemic social, economic, and environmental problems, with a particular focus in Baltimore City. Grant requests of $5,000 or less are reviewed on a rolling basis. Grants exceeding $5,000 are considered 5 times a year. The next proposal deadline is May 1st.   

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: Baltimore Multicultural Calendar

Baltimore Intercultural Calendar

In fall 2017, Dr. Felipe Filomeno, an ardent supporter of MIMA’s work, and a group of undergraduate students at UMBC developed the Baltimore Intercultural Calendar, which catalogues immigrant festivals throughout the year. Dr. Filomeno notes that “cultural festivals of immigrant communities are some of the most visible features of Baltimore’s cultural landscape,” and MIMA is truly grateful for his team’s work to capture these important celebrations of Baltimore’s Heritage in one document.

You can access the calendar here, and may you find many opportunities to learn about the thriving cultures that coexist across Baltimore! 

Partner Spotlight: Civil Rights Office: Housing Discrimination

Civil Rights Office

Have you experienced discrimination in housing? The Baltimore Office of Civil Rights & Wage Enforcement (BOCRWE) is here to help! The Community Relations Commission, a branch of BOCRWE, combats unlawful discrimination in housing in Baltimore City. 

Discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, familial status, age, ancestry, sex, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or marital status is illegal in the City of Baltimore. Discrimination can be committed by your landlord, your property management company, or anyone involved in the provision of housing. Some examples of discrimination include refusing to rent or sell a home, discrimination in terms and conditions of the sale or rental of any dwelling, denying the right to a reasonable modification or accommodation, and more.

If you have experienced housing discrimination in Baltimore City, please call the Community Relations Commission at 410-396-3141 or visit 7 E. Redwood Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. The Community Relations Commission is happy to answer any questions and can help you file a complaint. After a complaint is filed, their trained team of professionals will investigate. Language line interpretation services are available in order to serve all Baltimoreans.

National Happenings: The American Dream and Promise Act

On March 12th, House Democrats introduced H.R. 6, or the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019, which seeks to provide permanent status and pathway to Citizenship for Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients currently facing uncertainty due to the federal government’s decision to terminate TPS and DED for certain countries. According to the Center of American Progress, the average TPS holder has lived in the United States for 22 years, while the average dreamer with DACA came to the United States at the age of 6.

This month, the New American Economy produced data on the economic contributions of DACA and TPS holders. The organization also created a way to voice your support to permanently protect Dreamers and TPS recipients by supporting the Dream and Promise Act!

Calendar of Events

Asia North: A celebration of Art, Culture & Community
March 29th – 31st
Graffiti Alley/Motor House
120 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201

Night Market Underground at the Asia North Festival
March 30th – 7pm to 12am
Graffiti Alley/Motor House
120 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201

Everyone Counts in Baltimore – Mayor’s Census Kickoff Day
April 1st – 12pm to 1pm
Baltimore City Hall Rotunda
100 N. Holliday Street, Baltimore, MD  21202

BCCC Mayor’s Scholar’s Program Info Session
April 3rd – 12pm to 1pm
BCCC – Gaare Auditorium
2901 Liberty Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215

2019 Foreign Affairs Symposium: Disrupt
April 2nd at 7pm – Shriver Hall: 3400 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21218
April 16th at 8pm – Shriver Hall: 3400 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21218
April 30th at 7pm – Mason Hall: 3101 Wyman Park Dr., Baltimore, MD 21218

Community Fun Day/Día de Diversión Comunitario
April 6th – 1pm to 3pm
Sagrado Corazon de Jesus/ Sacred Heart of Jesus
600 S Conkling St, Baltimore, Maryland 21224

Walk-in Tour: Transformación: Arte de las Américas
April 6th – 1pm to 2pm
The Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD

2020 Taxpayers’ Night
April 9th – 6pm to 8pm
Baltimore War Memorial
101 North Gay Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Free Immigration Consult Days for Unaccompanied Children Living in Maryland
April 13th – 9am to 2pm
Latin American Youth Center
6200 Sheridian St., Riverdale MD 20737
Email mlarsen@probonomd.org or call at (443) 793-3054

Irish Master’s Concert: 8th Annual Irish Trad Fest
April 13th – 8pm
Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Ave, Baltimore MD 21224

April 20th

Educación para Compradores de Vivienda/Workshop for Homebuyers in Spanish
April 20th – 10am to 3pm
Gallery Church Patterson Park
3115 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224

FREE Immigration Legal Screenings/Esperanza Center – Taller Diagnostico Legal de Inmigración GRATIS
April 27th – 9am
Archbishop Borders School (Gym/Gimnasio)
3500 Foster Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224

Día del Niño/Kid's Day!
April 27th – 11am to 2pm
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