On Tuesday in Seward, Nebraska, the Fourth of July Capitol of the world, they celebrated the founding of our country with its typical annual festivities. There was classic barbecue food, lawn games and people dressed in red, white, and blue apparel. The night concluded with a fireworks show that could be seen for miles. The 4th of July is recognized as the birth of the United States. It is important to remember that the United States began as a nation of immigrants who advocated for what they wanted from their community.
Opportunities for migrants’ and refugees’ voices to be heard are available today. Your opinions matter. It is important to speak to issues within your community. Talking about those issues can raise awareness for problems that others do not know exist. There are ways to make positive change. One simple way to become a voice for your community is to become a Voting Rights advocate with Civic Nebraska. This would allow you to work with others in order to develop plans to improve your community.
Lincoln also has a variety of cultural centers that celebrate culture while assisting with resettlement. In fact, throughout the course of 2016, Nebraska was the top state to resettle refugees. Legal Aid of Nebraska can help immigrants by directing them to helpful resources.
As we join in 4th of July fun, let’s remember the impact that we can have on our community. Take advantage of resources available and be involved in the missions that are important to you. Support those who need help. Be a neighbor and advocate.
To learn more about how you can do this, check out this article by the Omaha World Herald on ways to be involved in your community.