July 4th Naturalization Ceremony

Please join us for the Fourth of July Naturalization Ceremony on Wednesday, July 4th. It is the largest ceremony of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. The Honorable Richard C. Tallman, U.S. Circuit Court Judge will swear in over 500 candidates from more than 80 countries as new citizens of the United States of America. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services District Director Anne Corsano will also be on hand to present the candidates in this event that reaffirms the meaning of United States citizenship.  It is an important day for the new citizens, who come from diverse cultures across the globe to make the United States–and Seattle–their new home.

Seattle Center, City of Seattle, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and United States District Court for the Western District of Washington partner to produce the Naturalization Ceremony, held annually at Seattle Center for the past 34 years. All countries represented will be announced. The eldest applicant and military personnel for citizenship will be introduced.  Seattle Center Director Robert Nellams will welcome attendees and King County Executive Dow Constantine, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell will address the new citizens.

Come early for a pre-ceremony performance by Navy Band Northwest beginning at 11:15am. The formal program starts at 12 noon, commencing with the presentation of colors by the Washington State Guard Color Guard and the singing of the United States National Anthem by soloist Maria Plancich Kesovija, followed immediately by a Native American welcome by performers Gene Tagaban, storyteller, and musicians Peter Ali and Swil Kanim. Total Experience Gospel Choir, directed by Patrinell Wright, will also perform during the ceremony, and the Children of our Nations, representing several of the represented cultured, will lead the new citizens in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance for their first time as U.S. citizens.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 206-684-7200 or visit www.seattlecenter.com/naturalization.

 

July 4th Naturalization Ceremony

Seattle Center will play host to the 4th of July Naturalization Ceremony, 12pm-1:15pm., Tuesday, July 4. We hope you can join us for this event, which reaffirms the meaning of U.S. citizenship. The Honorable Richard C. Tallman, United States Circuit Court Judge, will swear in over 500 candidates from more than 80 countries as new citizens of the United States of America, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services District Director Anne Corsano will present the candidates. It is an important day for the new citizens, who come from diverse cultures across the globe to make the United States–and the Seattle area–their new home.

Seattle Center, City of Seattle and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services produce the Naturalization Ceremony, held annually at Seattle Center for the past 33 years. City of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will serve as master of ceremonies, announcing all represented countries and introducing the eldest applicant for citizenship. Seattle Center Director Robert Nellams will welcome attendees. King County Executive Dow Constantine, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell will address the new citizens.

If you arrive early, you’ll be able to listen to the Navy Band Northwest will in a pre-ceremony performance beginning at 11am. The formal program begins at 12 noon, commencing with the presentation of colors and the singing of the United States National Anthem, followed immediately by a welcoming presentation by Native American performers including Gene Tagaban telling the story of “Once Crazy Raven” and musicians Peter Ali and Swil Kanim. Total Experience Gospel Choir, directed by Patrinell Wright, also will perform during the ceremony, and the Children of our Nations, representing several of the represented cultures, will lead the new citizens in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance for their first time as U.S. citizens.

For more information, call 206-684-7200 or visit www.seattlecenter.com/naturalization

Welcoming City L&L and Resources

On Thursday, March 9, the Seattle Center Race and Social Justice Change Team hosted a Lunch & Learn focused on what it means to be a Welcoming City.  Seattle is a proud member of Welcoming America, a coalition of cities, municipalities, organizations, and others focused on creating environments in which everyone can contribute to their greatest potential. As a Welcoming City, all City departments consider the policies and practices we need that fit our local context and that reduce the barriers to success that immigrants and refugees often face.

Jacque Larrainzar moderated a dynamic discussion, drawing from her background as a Washington State Representative to the LGBTQ Caucus at Refugee Congress, adviser to Asylum Connect.org, Language Access Outreach and Engagement Supervisor for King County. Panel members Jose Moreno, NW Immigrants United and an organizer of the first hunger strike in Tacoma Detention Center; Joaquin Uy, Ethnic Media and Communications Specialist, ‎City of Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs and Tahmina Watson, Watson Immigration Law, spoke about their efforts to assist immigrants and refugees.

If you’re interested in learning more about issue, check out the following links and resources:

United We Dream Sign up for alerts and get materials to educate your community- Six languages provided.

Latino Rebels

MigraMap (Latino Rebels)

Airport Lawyer

American Immigration Council

National Immigration Law Center Sanctuary City Toolkit

Immigrant Solidarity Network

A few local resources:

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

City of Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

21 Progress