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ESU of the United States, Chairman's Message

This year, as the ESU of the United States celebrates its 100th Anniversary, the world is dealing with a global pandemic of unparalleled magnitude, cries against racial injustice are echoing throughout our country and across the nations, and at the same time we remember two seminal events that occurred 75 years ago - the day when American, British and Allied forces combined together in Europe to drive the scourge of Nazism from our planet, and the day when nations of good will met together in San Francisco to sign the declaration that marked the establishment of the United Nations.

Far from being remote acts that adorn the pages of history books, both these events of 75 years ago are central and vital to what we are as an organization and both of them have significance as we face a world that has changed rapidly in six months, and shows no sign of reversal. The ties that bind America to the United Kingdom and to Europe, enshrined in the Atlantic Alliance, Nato and countless associations and affiliations that bring us together, are as necessary today as they ever were. Beware those who would decry or undermine bonds forged in blood in defense of liberty, freedom and tolerance. Our links extend far beyond the shores of Europe and, through our international outreach, the ESU is truly global in its desire for peace and fellowship between all people.

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ARNIC Virtual Town Hall Meeting: Alumni Voices -- Stories of Success

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Since opening its doors, ARNIC has served almost 2,000 newly arrived immigrants. At our latest virtual town hall meeting, five program alumni shared their stories with current ARNIC members. The five alumni took part in a panel discussion and spoke about how they have overcome barriers and found success in the U.S. The panelists gave advice to current ARNIC members and inspired them to look ahead confidently to the future.

The event was an opportunity to celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month, which takes place every June and recognizes the contributions immigrants make to U.S. society. 

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June is Immigrant Heritage Month!

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At this time of crisis and deep divisions in our society, we are reminded of the ESU core values of inclusion, equity and opportunity. 
Today, as always, we are committed to listening to the voices of all members of our community. We support and stand with immigrants and celebrate their contributions to our society. 

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Town Hall Meeting : Know Your Rights During COVID-19

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On May 14th, ARNIC held its second virtual town hall meeting. The purpose of these meetings is to foster community, reduce social isolation and share resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting included a Know Your Rights presentation, which was led by MASA in partnership with the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs. Over 30 of our immigrant clients attended the event along with ESU staff. 

Topics covered in the presentation included:

  • City health guidelines during COVID-19

  • Recent changes to immigration policies

  • Strategies on how to interact with federal immigration officers and local enforcement

  • Free and safe legal services available to New York City residents

  • Tenant rights

ESU will be hosting a series of town hall meetings on timely and relevant topics for our immigrant clients.  Our next town hall meeting will focus on Upstander Bystander Strategy Interventions. 


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First Virtual Town Hall Meeting for Tutors

We were thrilled to host our first virtual Town Hall Meeting for tutors on May 1!  The event was attended by over 50 volunteer tutors from all over New York City as well as other ESU branches across the U.S. We discussed the new ways in which the English in Action conversation program continues to provide services to our students.  Tutors shared their experiences of talking with students remotely and best practices for holding conversation sessions online. As part of our ongoing support for our tutors we will be sharing helpful resources, online platform guides as well as tutoring tips shared by our community of tutors. We will also be hosting workshops for tutors on topics of interest and continuing our monthly tutor support groups.   


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