Plaza Voices: World Refugee Day Celebration at Gonzales Branch Library

June 20th is World Refugee Day. This is a time to celebrate the wonderful contributions of refugees, both in our country and around the world. 

It can be hard to keep up with immigration news, and many of us may have some misconceptions about refugees and their lives here. Refugees and other displaced people certainly experience many hardships and challenges, and it is incredibly important to bring awareness to the global refugee crisis. But at the same time, we must acknowledge and honor the many positive, wonderful stories of our refugee neighbors--stories of family and tradition, of new ventures and great successes. Stories of finding home.

In honor of World Refugee Day and the thousands of refugees who call Denver home, the Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales library is hosting our third annual World Refugee Day Celebration, this Saturday, June 24, 2017, from 1-3 pm. 

Join us for a lively panel discussion from 1-2, featuring Jamie Torres of the Denver Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, Will Chan of the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative and National Western Center, and Marin Toscano and Zin Zin Htun of the Spring Cafe, part of the Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning.

The discussion will be followed by a special performance from the Mudra Dance Studio. Delicious Burmese appetizers will be provided by Zin ZIn and the Spring Cafe.

This event is free and open to all! Please join us for a wonderful afternoon in celebration of our refugee communities.

To learn more about refugees in Colorado, check out this story from Colorado Public Radio and the resources and data at the Denver Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. Check out our catalog for a wide variety of books and movies that illuminate the refugee experience. And read our previous blog posts on refugees for more links and information. 

Plazas are an open community space where immigrants from all over the world connect with people, information, and resources, building Denver’s global community. Come to practice a language, prepare for citizenship, pursue your goals, and create your future. Whatever you’re doing, we can help! Please see our events calendar for more information.



Written by Amma R. on June 17, 2017