New Arrival Month Resolution

We believe that a Los Angeles that welcomes refugees and asylees with open arms - and in a way that promotes volunteerism and civic participation - will be a better, more compassionate, and more engaged place for all Angelenos.

Resolution: New Arrival Month

WHEREAS, Each year many families come to the United States of America as refugees or asylum seekers seeking a safe haven. Most of these families have young children and many of the individuals have directly helped the United States military in conflict zones around the world; and

WHEREAS California is a top US state for resettlement and California has resettled more refugees than any other state in the country since 2002; and

WHEREAS The City of Los Angeles has long been a destination for refugees and immigrants from all over the world and inclusivity is what Los Angeles is all about; and

WHEREAS, Many of these resettling families must leave most of their worldly possessions behind and start a new life with nothing more than what they can carry with them on a plane; and

WHEREAS, the organization Miry’s List was founded in July 2016 in Eagle Rock (CD14) when an Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council board member introduced her neighbor Miry Whitehill to a new arrival Syrian family in Los Angeles that was in need supplies for their young children; and

WHEREAS, Miry’s List created a mechanism for Angelenos to help more families that have resettled in our city with little to no supplies to care for themselves or community support system; and

WHEREAS, Miry’s List uses crowdsourcing and social media to connect Angelenos and people from all over the country and enable them to send welcome gifts to new arrival resettling families directly to their door; and

WHEREAS In February 2017, becoming involved with the resettling community inspired Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council (ERNC) to adopt the first-ever Neighborhood Welcoming Resolution; and

WHEREAS On May 3, 2017 LA City Councilmember Jose Huizar proposed the same Welcoming Resolution at the city level in a motion at the city council meeting. The City Council approved the measure June 21; and

WHEREAS, The neighborhood and city movements inspired Miry’s List to develop programming in partnership with local government to offer every neighborhood council in Los Angeles the opportunity to resolve, commit and activate to help the newest Angelenos; and

WHEREAS, Welcome, Neighbor will be announced to Angelenos in June, 2018 as a partnership between Miry’s List and the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment; and

WHEREAS In 2001, the United Nations (UN) established June 20 as World Refugee Day to honor the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence; and

WHEREAS Families who have arrived here no longer consider themselves Refugees and we want to honor their experience as new arrivals to our city; and

WHEREAS June will be established as New Arrival Month in Los Angeles to create a celebration of life after being a refugee, a time to uplift and learn from our newest neighbors, honor the journey that brought them to our city, and celebrate their hope and dreams for the future; and

WHEREAS New Arrival Month will demonstrate just how welcoming our country can be, regardless of what is on the news or shared online; and

WHEREAS We believe that a Los Angeles that welcomes refugees and asylees with open arms - and in a way that promotes volunteerism and civic participation - will be a better, more compassionate, and more engaged place for all Angelenos.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that by the adoption of this resolution, the Los Angeles City Council hereby, acknowledges the importance of empowering residents of Los Angeles to help their newest neighbors and declares the month of June as NEW ARRIVAL MONTH, and encourages all residents to participate in celebrating our newest Angelenos by inviting them into our neighborhoods, sharing food, and supporting their new lives.

By: Los Angeles City Council

See the Welcoming Resolution In Action

The inspiration for Welcome Neighbor

June 2017: A day of recognition for Eagle Rock and Miry's List with Councilman Jose Huizar at City Hall in Los Angeles