Reviews and Blog Posts: immigrants

Plaza Voices: New Americans Project Advisory Board

Are you interested in helping to shape services for immigrants at the Denver Public Library? Get involved and apply to the New Americans Project advisory board, a group of community members interested in immigrant, refugee, and asylee programs at the library. This board will meet bimonthly to give library staff guidance and feedback on how to better meet the needs of our City's newest residents. This board will be encouraged to support the goals of the New Americans Project and members are expected to serve a one-year term.

Plaza Voices: My Journey - Living with PTSD

Naghem, our regular contributor & staff member at the Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch writes: 

I am no expert on PTSD. I know the basic causes and some of the signs, but following the huge wave of refugees coming to the United States, one can expect a large number of these people to have PTSD. Not only that but the world has been in turmoil lately, more so than before, and many people across the world are suffering from PTSD.

Plaza Voices: Latino Americans - 500 Years of History

With more than 50 million individuals living in the United States, Latinos and Hispanics comprise the largest minority group in the country. Based on the 2014 Census estimate, almost 30% of individuals living in Denver are Latino and/or Hispanic. With such large numbers, it should come as no surprise that this group is anything but homogenous -- from newly sworn in U.S. citizens to second generation immigrants like myself, everyone has a very different story to tell and experiences had along the way to finding their own place in the United States.

Plaza Voices: Care for All

Lulu, a Plaza staff member & new contributor, writes:

Plaza Voices: Global Hip Hop

Although hip hop was formed during the late 1960’s in the Bronx and has roots in traditional Jamaican music, there is no doubt its influence has traveled across the globe. Nearly every country in the world brings its own unique flavor of rap, mixing and re-mixing old familiar elements with foreign. Swedish rap, anyone? Ultimately, hip hop music tells a story that is distinctly individual and yet also reflective of a greater narrative, which is part of what gives it such wide appeal (well, this and a great beat!).

Plaza Voices: Libros Prohibidos

Last week marked the close of the 33rd annual Banned Books Week, a nationwide celebration of our freedom to read. According to the American Library Association, more than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. 311 challenges were reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom last year, not including the many other unreported ones.

Plaza Voices: Immigrant Bazaar - "Far from home...homemade goods"

Naghem S., a Plaza staff member, writes:

On Saturday September 19, 2015, the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library hosted the Immigrant Bazaar. Merchants from all walks of life showcased their beautiful homemade goods. Along with tasty food and a gorgeous late summer day, this event is one to be remembered for days to come. Sitting under tents and enjoying the energetic environment, vendors supplied customers with an extensive variety of food, art, clothing, jewelry, and film.

Plaza Voices: Celebrating Citizenship Day!

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 654,949 people were welcomed as citizens in 2014. On September 17th, Citizenship Day will commemorate this milestone for new Americans. Becoming a citizen in the United States is often a joyous experience for new immigrants who spend years studying for the naturalization test.

Plaza Voices: LGBT Immigrants

American/Pride Flag

As of 2013, there were an estimated 267,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., in addition to approximately 637,000 documented LGBT immigrants, according to a report from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.

Plaza Voices: Plaza and Services to New Immigrants

Plaza participants working on a project.

Each week the Plaza Voices blog brings you information and news about the immigrant experience. But what is Plaza?

Like a traditional town plaza, or central square, Plaza programs are a place to connect with others, share important resources, and enjoy new experiences.

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