In December of 2016, the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance, in partnership with several area nonprofits and advocacy agencies, launched the Allies Working for Social Justice and Environmental Progress. The Allies project is a collaborative community-wide effort to respond to instances of hate, bullying, discrimination, and injustice in West Michigan. Eight subgroups make up the whole of the Allies with each subgroup focusing on a different area of need: Immigrant Allies, Racial Equity, Women’s Issues, the LGBTQ community, Environmental Issues, Health Care for All, and Interfaith.
The mission of Immigrant Allies serves as a platform for community-lead action to create a more welcoming and inclusive West Michigan for all, regardless of immigration status. To achieve these goals, the Immigrant Allies are focusing on two main strategies: 1.) Promoting our Welcoming Initiative; and 2.) Enhancing communication with political leadership. Each one of these strategies has a variety of sub-strategies or projects. To learn more, please join us for our monthly meetings at the Herrick District Library on the first Monday of every month from 5:30 to 6:30. Immigrant Allies is realizing its goals through several initiatives:
Ottawa Welcomes Initiative
DACA Position Letter