Today, as we kick off our annual Immigrant Heritage Week (IHW), we are proud to join in recognizing our city’s essential workers as the super heroes they have always been.
Among the one million essential workers who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic—delivery workers, EMS staff, drivers, health care personnel, and more—half are immigrants.
In this spirit, this year’s IHW—running through April 19 and featuring virtual opportunities—is dedicated to those 500,000 immigrant New Yorkers who are keeping city running every day. At the center of our new IHW multimedia content is the IHW 2020 logo created by Brooklyn-based, immigrant artist Feifei Ruan. This logo represents our solidarity during these unprecedented times and heartfelt gratitude.
We invite you to join us in thanking our essential immigrant workers, celebrating New York City’s legacy as a city of immigrants, and engaging your communities by:
1 Using MOIA’s IHW 2020 Social Media Toolkit, which includes the IHW 2020 logo and sample tweets in 24 languages.
Here are some more resources you may find useful!
We Speak NYC videos are also a part of our free weekly classes, now being offered online. Practice your English conversational skills, connect with new people, and learn more about the City’s services that are available to support those who have been impacted by COVID-19. Please feel free to share about these classes widely.
Many city services are available to all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status or ability to pay. Information on available services and resources for immigrant communities during the COVID-19 pandemic can be viewed on MOIA’s new webpage: nyc.gov/immigrants/coronavirus.
While we traditionally mark this week as a recognition of our history as a city of immigrants, we also take heed, in particular at this time, that this history has made us who we are as New Yorkers – resilient and compassionate. Let us take a moment to celebrate our immigrant history and the continuous contributions of our communities.