I see a lot of flash on the Internet. No, not the app or download, just regular flash. You know, the kind that involves chest beating about how good immigration is or how bad it is and each one says ‘get on my bandwagon’ not theirs.
I found a site dedicated to watch-dogging resettlement organizations and re-settlers. Personally, I see no problem with this, as long as they are not motivated by hate. How do you know? I guess just keep watching what they print. The most prolific of the ones I’ve found is called Refugee Resettlement Watch. (You can Google it, I don’t give links automatically).
I found a site that is sounding like it’s the new Global Cleveland but in reality is promoting the various ethnic groups we already have here. That can’t hurt at all, it’s good to relish in our diversity. What are they trying to do over and above this? This site is called clevelandpeople.com. On its face, it’s celebratory. It’s sponsor (only one so far that I can tell) is a well-known immigration attorney here in NE Ohio. Nothing wrong with trying to get all of us to see how diverse we are and then maybe wear down even the most fearful about how immigrants can bring jobs and not take them away.
What I really hope is that whatever organizations are going to take a positive productive lead on this issue, they will not work at cross purposes, will be transparent, will get us involved and most importantly, bring us immigrants or global companies who can create jobs and increase our population.
We already have Global Cleveland. clevelandpeople.com is raising money (or at least it looks that way on-line). They sell DVD’s, CD’s, cookbooks, all celebrating ethnic diversity. Great. Who gets the money? The individual ethnic clubs mentioned on the site, who have signed on as ambassadors? Cleveland People? Whoever it is, what are they doing with that money? Is it just an attempt to provide an on line vehicle for whoever made the products to sell them and allow us to enjoy them? That’s fine too. So which is it?
If money is needed for advertising and town halls in the communities, I’d prefer the money go there. I think the reason why Clevelanders (and probably those elsewhere!) are skittish about paying money to any group, is accountability.
Bottom line is, kudos to any group actively trying to get us out of inertia and moving towards the new immigrants needed here in Cleveland goal. Why can’t transparency/informationals that don’t involve events/updates not be held on a regular basis?