Every American has a story of how they first felt welcomed to the American experience. Welcome.us in partnership with the city and local community organizations, invites you to celebrate your immigrant heritage on Saturday June 21st from 12:00 PM- 2:00PM at the Boston Public Library.
Come for live music, fun family activities and tour of the City of Neighborhoods: The Changing Face of Boston Exhibit. Above all, let’s celebrate our own immigrant heritage together.
From 700 Boylston Street Entrance: (only accessible entrance)
Turn left in the lobby, and walk past the Tech Central computer area. Proceed up a short stairway and the Commonwealth Salon will be on your left (if you cross into the Courtyard you have gone too far).
From Dartmouth Street Entrance:
Turn right in the lobby, and follow the corridor to the Courtyard. Cross the Courtyard and entire the next building. The Commonwealth Salon will be on your right.
Welcome.us, is a non-political organization supported by Mark Zuckerberg's issue advocacy organization, FWD.us. Welcome.us is dedicated to celebrating a United States that is fueled by immigrants from around the world. Through a campaign driven by social media, earned media, partnerships and outreach, Welcome.us aims to help our nation remember and celebrate the richness of our immigrant history - the source of our greatness.
Tito Lugo, MEd, is currently the Hispanic Writers Week coordinator. He holds a bachelor of arts with a specialization in music education from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, and a Master of Education from Cambridge College in Massachusetts. He also has continued advanced courses through the University of Puerto Rico. Due to his achievements, the Department of Education of Puerto Rico, promoted him to be the General Arts Supervisor at the Center for Academic Development at the Morovis Education Regional Office. In 2009, he decided to move to the Boston area, where he has collaborated as a teacher with the Boston Public Schools, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and The Talented And Gifted Latino Program.
El Rancherito de Oro - Josue Girón, also known as El Rancherito de Oro, is a 5 year old popular ranchero singer in Massachusetts and Guatemala. On August 8, 2012 at 6:00 Am “La Migra” broke into their house and took his uncle, scaring the whole family, including the 5 year old Josue, who had to witness ICE traumatically taking his uncle away. Josue, as the leader of a mariachi band, has been sharing the devastation of the parathion from his favorite uncle through his music. He has recently written a song about his uncle.
Bettina Hein -Founder and CEO of Pixability, Inc., Boston
Bettina Hein came to the U.S. as an MIT Sloan Fellow and founded Pixability, Inc. a software company that helps businesses to succeed on YouTube, in 2008. This was not her first company. In Switzerland, Bettina had co-founded speech software company SVOX AG, which was sold for $125 million. In Massachusetts, Bettina helps other entrepreneurs through SheEOs, a networking and professional support group of 130 female founders and CEOs that she founded. She is a recipient of the L’Oréal NEXT Generation Award, which honors the top five women leading groundbreaking digital companies and was nominated for the 2014 ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Saul Perlera - Owner, Perlera Real Estate, East Boston
From El Salvador
Saul Perlera came to East Boston at age 16 without knowing a word of English. Within a few months, he was working three jobs among Italians, Brazilians and native-born Americans…and he learned each of their native languages. With East Boston’s predominantly Italian landlords and largely Latino tenants, the value of Saul’s language skills was recognized by a real estate agent who rented him his first apartment. The rest is history. Saul went on to open his own firm, which today is one of the top real estate firms in East Boston. Ask anyone in the area if they know Saul Perlera, and they’ll likely say “yes, very well actually!”
Felix G. Arroyo was appointed Chief of Health and Human Services on January 6th, 2014 by Mayor Martin J. Walsh. Prior to his appointment Chief Arroyo served as an At Large member of the Boston City Council where he was elected in November of 2009 and re-elected for a second term in 2011. As a City Councilor at-Large Felix G. Arroyo Chaired the Council’s Committee on Labor, Youth Affairs and Health and Vice Chaired the Council’s Committee on Housing. He was also the Council’s representative on the Boston Groundwater Trust.
Chief Arroyo has dedicated over a decade of his life to public service and community organizing. He worked to help pass the Affordable Care Act as the New England Field Director for Health Care for America Now and as an advocate for workers rights as the Political Director for SEIU Local 615.
Chief Arroyo did his undergraduate studies at University of Massachusetts Boston and completed his Master’s Degree in Community Economic Development at Southern New Hampshire University.
Major partners and supporters-
- -The Office of New Bostonians
- -Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
- -The Immigrant Learning Center
- -The City Council of Cambridge
- -The City Council of Boston
Other parnters and supporters:
- -The Boston Chamber of Commerce
- -The Irish International Immigrant Center
- -The Boston Public Library
If you would like to be a partner with Welcome.us for Immigrant Heritage Month please contact the organizer.
Change your FACEBOOK profile picutre in support of Immigrant Heritage Month!
Be part of this national campaign by visiting www.welcome.us. You will start by entering the year you or your earliest ancestors were welcomed in America or an important milestone in your family's American journey. In order to tell your friends how your family got to America, you can then download your EST picture, use it as a profile picture on facebook and share your story in the caption of your profile photo. Be sure to use #WelcomeUS so we can share your stories!
It allows people to see immigration in a new light, because immigrants have played a starring role in the history and culture of the United States and we need to make sure to tell some of the stories that shaped this country.