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June 20, 5:25 PM click here to comment > 2

Today is World Refugee Day in Seattle

Today I proclaimed June 20th, 2012 to be World Refugee Day in Seattle. Today is a day to commemorate the importance of the refugee communities that help to make Seattle a more diverse, unique and culturally sensitive city.

Our new Director for Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, Magdaleno “Leno” Rose-Avila, will be sharing this proclamation at events throughout the city this week, honoring the efforts of community champions who aim to make refugee’s transitions easier by providing services and resources. Seattle-based community partners such as the Refugee Women’s Alliance, Lutheran Community Services Northwest, the International Rescue Committee and many others, deserve the support and praise of our whole community for their efforts to help people joining our community from other countries to rebuild their lives.

Our community is richer and more vibrant because of our history of welcoming refugees and making them a part of the fabric of Seattle. I hope you will join me in honoring them today, and the rest of the year.

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Posted by: Mayor Mike McGinn


Comment from Larry Williams
Time June 20, 2012 at 6:25 pm

To the Honorable Mayor Mike McGinn, Thank you for today’s proclamation. I was hoping that someone in this state would have publicly recognized JuneTeenth, the day that Black slaves in the South first learned that they were FREE at last.
Perhaps, in the future some acknowledgement of the sacrifices of our fore fathers will warrant a similar recognition.
Larry Williams
Founder and Chairman
FirstThursday Seattle

Comment from michael Neguse
Time June 21, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Thank you Mayor Mcginn for the proclamation for refuges day. I again thank you for your leadership and insight towards refuges and immigrants. The proclamation was read by Magdelino Avila in attendance of refuges from across the world at Refuge women alliance.