Friday
Jun112010

Mission

The Welcoming Tennessee Initiative is a collaboration of concerned Tennesseans from all walks of life – business, law enforcement, community and faith – who are proud that Tennessee is a welcoming state, and are working to continue that noble tradition by increasing understanding of how new Tennesseans share our values, contribute to our economy, enhance our combined culture and strengthen our communities.

Thursday
Jun102010

Principles  

  • We believe that Tennesseans are hospitable and empathetic people, with a shared responsibility to treat all neighbors with respect and decency.
  • We believe that Tennesseans remember, honor, and value our immigrant roots, and embrace the immigrant values of family, faith, and hard work.
  • We are committed to raising the level of public discourse concerning immigrants and immigration, so that public policies are designed in an environment of mutual respect.
  • We are committed to better understanding the contributions that immigrants make to our state and the effects of immigration on our communities, and to challenging common myths and stereotypes
Wednesday
Jun092010

The Welcoming Tennessee Pledge

Our country's core values rest upon, "we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and endowed by the Creator with certain unalienable rights and that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."


Today these values are imperiled by attacks on Tennessee residents who have immigrated to this country in search of a better life.  A rhetorical war has dehumanized immigrants, while our broken immigration system leads to inequality and violates the very principles upon which our country was founded, creating much suffering among people, their families and our communities.

The current reactionary and at times hateful rhetoric about immigrants fails to recognize the economic and cultural contributions that they make to our state along with the rich immigrant traditions of the past which have made Tennessee what it is today.

Welcoming Tennessee members:

  • Believe that Tennesseans remember, honor, and value our immigrant roots, and embrace the immigrant values of family, faith and hard work;

  • Believe Tennessee residents are hospitable, welcoming and inclusive of diversity and that we have a shared responsibility to treat all our neighbors with respect and decentcy;

  • Uphold the basic principles upon which the United States was founded, establishing equality of all people, including immigrants, endowing them with unalienable rights;

  • Recognize that immigrants are fellow human beings and we reject the use of de-humanizing language;

  • Are committed to raising the level of public discourse concerning immigrants and immigration, so that public policies reflect our highest values; and,

  • Are committed to better understanding the contributions that immigrants make to our state and the effects of immigration on our communities, and to challengeing common myths and stereotypes.