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Cooperation, fairer trade brewing in Dayton

In July 2013, AFSC's Midwest Regional Executive Committee and several senior AFSC staff traveled to Dayton, Ohio to learn more about AFSC's work in promoting the Welcome Dayton Plan and supporting the Harambee Coffee Roasters Cooperative.

In this three-minute video, Jackson Nsilulu describes the reasons for the cooperative and the values which support it.

AFSC hails Dayton’s national award for immigrant work

Award showcases city’s planning, partnership with immigrant allies

PHILADELPHIA (July 1, 2013) - The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) congratulates Dayton, OH on its “Outstanding Achievement” award recognizing its Welcome Dayton immigrant friendly city initiative. The U.S. Conference of Mayors recognizes mayoral leadership in developing and implementing programs that improve the quality of life in America’s cities.

Welcome Dayton plan honored by US Mayors

An AFSC-backed plan to bolster a city's economy and cultural life by drawing upon the strengths of immigrants and refugees has won praise from mayors throughout the nation.

US Conference of Mayors 2013 award for the Welcome Dayton plan

US Conference of Mayors award for the Welcome Dayton plan, announced June 23, 2013.

Coffee co-op advances in Dayton

In Swahili, “harambee” means pulling together or standing in solidarity or sharing resources for community building.

In Dayton, Harambee is also the name of a fair-trade coffee roasting co-op supporting African refugees and African coffee growers. The AFSC-supported co-op took another important step forward recently when the Ohio Secretary of State officially approved the co-op’s registration.

An introduction to AFSC's work with refugees in Dayton

In this two-minute video, Migwe Kimemia, AFSC Program Director, describes AFSC's work with the refugee community in Dayton.

Conference lifts up needs, voices of refugees in Dayton

Something good is brewing in Dayton.

A recent conference on refugees there asked, What strengths do refugees bring to our communities? What challenges do they face, and what is their vision for the future?

AFSC responds to a refugee resettlement crisis

In the winter of 2007, rumors were circulating that the boarded-up house adjacent to the Dayton AFSC office was being occupied by immigrants.  Staff, however, saw no signs of life until the beginning of spring when Migwe Kimemia, the Africa Peace and Immigration Program Director, spotted children playing outside.

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