The Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies (CRSA)invites you to join us for the fourth-annual New Americans Celebration, including our third-annual U.S. Naturalization Ceremony.
March 7, 2017
Training and Education - 7:45-10:00 a.m.
Rally and Entertainment - 10: 15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Ceremony - 12:45 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 3. If you decide to join us after that date, we will still welcome you! Feel free to join us at Central Presbyterian Church at 8am on Tuesday. We simply will not be able to prepare certain materials for you after Friday evening. All are welcome!
The New Americans Celebration:
The New Americans Celebration is the annual day of education and outreach for refugees, immigrants and Georgia community members who support them. Every year we welcome over 200 volunteers to the Georgia State Capitol to learn about engaging with your Legislators and to reach out to tell them why you feel refugees should continue to be welcome in Georgia.
Never been to the Capitol? Don't worry! Each year, over 60% of our volunteers have been visiting the Capitol for the first time. We hold a pre-event training so everyone learns just how easy it is to tell their legislators about their support for refugees and immigrants in Georgia.
This year's pre-event training will be held at Central Presbyterian Church at 201 Washington St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303. Check in will begin at 7:45 a.m. with training kicking off at 8 a.m.
Pre-event training helps you learn how to find your elected officials, and how to better advocate when speaking with them.
Entertainment, Rally and Outreach:
After we leave the training, at 10:00 a.m., we will head to the Capitol for a presentation ceremony with Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols, who will be receiving a hand-carved wooden Seal of the Senate from a local Georgia refugee.
Outreach will begin following the ceremony, with guests heading off to drop off materials to legislators and engage in small group meetings.
Throughout the day, there will be entertainment from local refugee and immigrant groups presented in the Capitol's South Wing. Check back for a list of performers!
Guests are asked to please register before arrival. You can register, free of charge, by clicking on "Registration" above.
Our outreach work will be directly followed by our third annual USCIS Naturalization Ceremony, to be hosted in the State Capitol Rotunda. The event will feature former refugees who will be sworn-in as U.S. citizens right in the heart of Georgia's Capitol. Check back for more information on speakers.
Grab the Shirt:
Show your support for refugees with our Georgia Loves Refugees t-shirt. Order before 11:59 p.m. on 2/28 to pick up at the New Americans Celebration and to show your support for refugees in our state: https://galovesrefugees.myshopify.com/
Join the Conversation:
Coming to the event?
Want to share your story of success from coming to the U.S.?
Has a new American made an impact on your life?
Join in on social media by using our hashtags - #NAC17 or #GALovesRefugees. We may share your story on our pages to let everyone know how important newcomers are to Georgia!
Be sure to follow us on Facebook and on Twitter to see all the wonderful stories.
The best transit option for Atlanta residents is to take MARTA to Central Presbyterian or the State Capitol. Take the east/west rapid rail line to Georgia State Station. Exit station onto Piedmont Avenue. Turn LEFT and walk two blocks to Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. If arriving for the morning, you'll go just past the Capitol to Central Presbyterian, which is across the street. If arriving for the ceremony, you can enter the Capitol through any of the security checks. Please be sure to bring a valid I.D.
A detailed parking map for the area can be found here.
About the CRSA:
Our mission: To engage a broad coalition to highlight the cultural, social and economic contributions of refugees and immigrants in Georgia.
Our vision: We envision a future where every person who calls Georgia home is valued, respected, and able to build a successful life.
Questions: Stephanie Jackson Ali, Civic Engagement Manager; New American Pathways; 404-299-6099 ext. 268, firstname.lastname@example.org