But when anti-immigrant protesters gathered at London city hall last summer, countless Londoners went out of their way to show immigrants ‘Yes, you are!’ - that all are welcome here.
Many faced-off against protestors in a counter-demonstration. One London woman went further. She started “Turn Hate into Love,” an online fundraiser for donations to go to a charity that helps newcomers. Supporters gave nearly $500, which was donated to the London Cross Cultural Learner Centre.
It was a powerful act of welcome. But a welcome can be as simple as a sincere ‘how are you,’ an invitation to coffee, an offer to help a newcomer with directions. Now, through a campaign called 1000 Acts of Welcome, the London & Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership (LMLIP) is asking people to engage in acts of welcome and to share those acts on social media.
Modeled after LUSO’s London-based 1,000 Acts of Kindness event, 1,000 Acts of Welcome is the second of a three-phase campaign aimed