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Word of Mouth - July 1028

July 2018


Bilingual Helper Training. Global Wordsmiths will be conducting a “Bilingual Helper Interpreter Training” on July 25 to equip bilingual employees and citizens who want to help immigrants and refugees with the tools they need to provide language interpretation. Having the skills to interpret competently is very different from just being bilingual- this is an opportunity for you to put those language skills to work in a way that maximizes your impact. You will learn about interpreter ethics, techniques, roles and responsibilities as well as practical knowledge and best practices. Seating is limited. Register here. Welcoming America. Mary Jayne travelled to Louisville, KY to represent Allegheny County Department of Human Services Immigrants and Internationals Initiative at the 2018 Welcoming America Welcoming Interactive Convening, where she presented with other thought leaders in the field about language access planning and policies. We thank Welcoming America and ACHDS for this opportunity! We can’t wait to implement what we learned about how cities across The United States are handling language accessibility and compliance. Calling all Bilingual Students! Global Wordsmiths is hiring bilingual university students who are fluent in Arabic, Swahili and Nepali for the Fall 2018 cycle of The Language Access Project. Interns will gain powerful service learning experience, real-world professional experience, professional training, monitoring and supervision, transferrable skills and a generous stipend upon completion (or academic credit, where applicable). Native or near-native language speakers with a passion for service to others should apply by contacting Meredith Bapir, Director of Programs and Evaluation at: Spring 2019 Language Access Project Partner Organization applications due August 3. If your nonprofit would like to participate in The Language Access Project, please contact Meredith Bapir, Director of Programs and Evaluation at:

Have a great month, Mary Jayne


Culture In their own words: 10 female translators on the work that inspires them.

Language Access Tools Translation: Getting it Right: A guide to Buying Translation, Produced by the American Translators Association.

Client Spotlight: Hello Neighbor Hello Neighbor is a nonprofit organization with a mentorship program where Pittsburgh neighbors are matched with recently resettled refugee and immigrant families. The goal of a mentor is to be a friend, ally, and advocate to the family and help support them in their new lives. Our mentorship program is currently limited to the Pittsburgh, PA area. Refugees and immigrants receive support for the many challenges they face in their first 5 years in the United States including guidance with everything from how to look for and find new housing, how to sign up their children for school, how to navigate American systems and culture, and above all an opportunity to explore and enjoy their new city through a series of events and programs produced by Hello Neighbor. Mentor applications and mentee nominations are currently open for their next cohort. If you would like to get involved, email Kara Kimicata, Hello Neighbor's Program Manager, at or visit their website at


Family Separation Protest at the White House June 30, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Casa San Jose will be bringing a bus down to DC to join the Family Separation Protest in DC. There are over 12 THOUSAND people RSVP’d to attend! Please join us. Families Belong Together June 30 at 11:00am, Mellon Square Pittsburgh is rallying to demand that families are kept together as they seek asylum in the US. This event is accessible to all. Sign-Language interpreters are available upon request. Please contact the organizer with any accessibility questions or requests. Directions: Mellon Square is at Sixth and Smithfield in downtown Pittsburgh. Check the Port Authority site for bus and T service to the site, and Pittsburgh Parking Authority for downtown parking garages and metered street spots. Saturday Silver Screen: Coco June 30, 2:30 – 4:30 at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Downtown Branch Despite his family’s generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. (2017) Pittsburgh Serbfest July 1, 12:00 – 7:00pm at the American Serbian Club (2524 Sarah Street) Ethnic food and drink, in addition to a full bar, will be available for purchase. Serbfest is free to the public and will have indoor and outdoor entertainment and seating. Pittsburgh's first-ever Serbfest is being hosted by the tristate committee of the Lifeline Humanitarian Organization and will be held on July 1, 2018 at the American Serbian Club in Pittsburgh. This is set to be a terrific cultural event for Pittsburgh, and it's for a great cause! Legal Observer Training July 1, 1:00 – 3:00 @ Friends Meeting House, 4836 Ellsworth Avenue Come receive training on how to be a volunteer legal observe; bring a pen and notebook, bring a friend, and come ready to learn how you can help support communities, organizers, and people in the streets for justice and liberation. You do not need to be a lawyer or a law student to be trained and serve as a Legal Observer (LO). No law enforcement permitted at this training as per NLG guidelines. We will Not be Banned July 1, 2:00 – 4:00 at Roberto Clemente Bridge This week, the Supreme Court voted to uphold the constitutionality of President Trump's third attempt to bar Muslims from several nations from entering the United States. Make no mistake: these attempts to divide, silence, and erase our communities aren't new. We witness them every day. Whether it's the Muslim ban, police brutality in our own backyard, persistent attempts to destroy our labor unions, or threats to LGBTQIA rights, we will not be divided and we will not be stopped. This Sunday, we'll gather at the Roberto Clemente Bridge to rise above the Trump Administration's relentless attempts to divide us. We are united and we will not be banned! Weather Permitting Kickoff with Mokoomba and Truth & Rights July 1, 5:00 – 9:00pm at Shadyside Nursery Weather Permitting is back for our 6th season of family friendly outdoor concert series. Games, food trucks, music from around the world, and of course plants for sale. This year we kick off our season with Mokoomba (from Zimbabwe) and Truth & Rights. Mokoomba is a Zimbabwean musical group, originally from Chinotimba township, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The group sings in a number of languages including English, Tonga, Nyanja, Ndebele and Shona. Mokoomba takes its name from a Tonga word that connotes deep respect for the Zambezi river and the vibrant life along its banks. Truth & Rights is Pittsburgh’s premier Reggae band playing classic Dancehall, rocksteady, ska and more. The Art of Being LC July 2, 7:00 – 9:00 at City of Asylum Join us for a screening of The Art of Being LC, featuring a conversation/Q&A with the filmmaker, Carl King​, via Skype after the film. The program will also feature a poetry reading with Ava C. Cipri of The Deaf Poets Society. In 1999 Atlanta Legal Aid Society attorney, Sue Jamieson, argued before the US Supreme Court and won a ground breaking civil rights case. One of the two plaintiffs was L.C. Because L.C. wanted to be free, tens of thousands of other people who live with disabilities are now free from the “undue restraint” of institutional living. L.C. is Lois Curtis an artist freed from the cold, gray life of institutions to the warm colorful world of pastels and water colors. This documentary is about Lois Curtis, the liberator who was freed to create. Global Pittsburgh First Thursdays July 5, 5:30 – 8:00 at Roland’s Seafood Grill In July, we have partnered with AJAPO (Acculturation for Justice, Access, and Peace Outreach), whose mission is to provide a continuum of care which empowers refugees and immigrants to become self-sufficient and integrated into the Greater Pittsburgh Community in Allegheny County. AJAPO is a Refugee Resettlement Agency providing reception and placement for refugees from any part of the world, assisting them in rebuilding their lives and independence in our safer environment. Learn more about AJAPO's services at Tanabata (Japanese Star Festival) July 7, 1:30 – 4:40 at the Carnegie Museum of Art Celebrate the ones you love! Tanabata is a traditional Japanese day of celebration based on folklore surrounding the meeting of two lovers kept apart all but once per year. The day is a colorful and festive affair with fun for all! The entire family can visit our Japanese print exhibition Hiroshige’s Tōkaidō Road, make a print to take home, add wishes to the Wish Trees, participate in a decoration contest, enjoy traditional music, create origami cranes, and sample Japanese cuisine in our courtyard. Free with admission. Círculo de Lectores: “Las Cruces sobre el Agua” July 9, 12:00 – 1:00 at Carnegie Library downtown branch Las Cruces sobre el Agua by Joaquín Gallegos Lara Join us on the second Monday of each month from 12:00 – 1:00 pm for Círculo de Lectores at Carnegie Library – Downtown & Business. Once a month we will get together to discuss in Spanish a book originally written in Spanish. We welcome readers who have a love of Spanish language and culture – native speakers and advanced level Spanish speakers. On July 9th we will discuss Las Cruces sobre el Agua by Joaquín Gallegos Lara. Stop by Downtown & Business for a copy of this month’s book. 6th Annual Deutschtown Music Festival July 13 at 3:00 & July 14 at 11:00, 415 East Ohio Street The award-winning, free, two-day festival has become the most significant local music event of the year. With over 350 bands, 11 outdoor stages, and 26 indoor venues, the festival has a little bit of something for everybody. This non-profit, volunteer driven event has remained steadfast in its goal of 1) fostering economic and community development in the Northside and 2) also supporting and promoting Pittsburgh’s vibrant live music scene. Junior Garden Buds: Story Hike (in Mandarin, Russian and Spanish!) July 14, 10:00 – 11:30 at Frick Environmental Center Deep underground is an important part of plants that takes a little digging to find. Join a Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Naturalist Educator for a family hike to learn about plant roots and a reading of the book What Do Roots Do? by Kathleen V. Kudlinski. Registration is required for this event. This story hike will be led in English, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish. This hike is intended for families with children ages 4 - 10. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Centre Francophone de Pittsburgh Bastille Day Party July 14th , 5:00 – 10:00pm at Aspinwall Firemen’s Memorial Park Please mark your calendar for the French Cultural Center Bastille Day party on July 14th from 5 pm to 10 pm! Join CFP at the Aspinwall Firemen's Memorial Park Pot Luck/BYOB. $5 donation or more would be greatly appreciated to help pay for the park. 11th Annual Polish Hill Arts Festival July 15, 12:00 – 8:00 @ PHCA, Polish Hill Civic Association The 11th annual Polish Hill Arts Fest promises to be one of the best yet with 40+ artists selling unique and handmade products, live music, fantastic food and hands-on activities for kids of all ages. The event is kid-friendly, free, accessible and inclusive. Live music performances every hour on the hour! Local food vendors will be announced soon. Interactive art-making with local organizations for all ages. Sembène Film Festival: Panomundo Part 1: The Evolution of Steelpan July 16, 7:00 – 8:00 at Alphabet City The first of a series, Panomundo Part 1: The Evolution of the Steelpan is a look at the history ​of the steelpan (steel drum) from its inception ​in Trinidad & Tobago, its gaining of international recognition at the Festival of Britain in 1951 and the impact of steelpan around the world today. This Festival serves both as a vehicle and catalyst: to honor the life, work and legacy of Ousmane Sembene and to showcase film makers and other art/cultural events that speak, unflinchingly, to the important issues facing the modern African Diaspora. German Genealogy Research Saturday, July 21 from 9:00 – 12:00 at LaRoche College NHG is sponsoring a special event featuring Michael Lacopo, an expert in the area of German genealogy research. On July 21st from 9-12 AM at La Roche College. The cost for NHG members is $5, for non-members it is $20 and includes a 1 year membership. Eats N’ Beats benefit for Northern Area Multiservice Center July 21, 2:00 – 8:00 at Pittsburgh Food Truck Park in Millvale Eats N’ Beats, a food truck and live music festival will be held from 2pm to 8pm at the Pittsburgh Food Truck Park located in Millvale. Bring the family as it promises to be a lively day full of food, music, raffles, games, and fun! All proceeds go directly to client services for refugees and immigrants at Northern Area Multi Service Center’s Community Assistance and Refugee Resettlement Department, a Pittsburgh based refugee resettlement agency. Global Wordsmiths Bilingual Helper Training July 25th, 1:00 – 3:00 at Ascender Global Wordsmiths would like to announce that we will be conducting a free “bilingual helper” training on July 25 to equip bilingual employees and citizens who want to help immigrants and refugees with the tools they need to provide language interpretation. Having the skills to interpret competently is very different from just being bilingual- this is an opportunity for you to put those language skills to work in a way that maximizes your impact. You will learn about interpreter ethics, techniques, roles and responsibilities as well as practical knowledge and best practices. Seating is limited. Register here. Hello Neighbor Summer Potluck July 28, 3:00 – 6:00pm at the Anderson Shelter in Schenley Park You are invited to Hello Neighbor’s 2nd Annual Potluck In The Park happening on Sunday, July 28th from 3:00 - 6:00PM at the Andersen Shelter in Schenley Park. Join HN for an afternoon full of food, outdoor fun, and spending time with friends including your newest neighbors, refugee and immigrant families new to Pittsburgh. “The US and Central/South America: Class Differences” July 28, 10:00 - 12:00 at 880 E. Waterfront Drive (Historic Pump House) The Kleiman Lecture provides a forum for informed discourse on labor issues. Lara Putnam, Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh will discuss class definitions and differences between the US and Central/South America. Discussion and reception to follow. Previous speakers included International Presidents, United Steelworkers, Lynne Williams and Leo Gerard; and the Associate Director of the Institute for Global Labor and Human Rights, Barbara Briggs. Ligonier Highland Games Dinner & Evening of Celtic Music July 28th, 5:00 – 10:00 at the SOKOL Club, 2912 East Carson Street The Cocktail & Hors d'oeuvres hour is from 5-6:00 p.m. A Cash bar will be available throughout the evening. The Dinner Buffet will be served at 6:00 p.m. Program starts at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy a delightful dinner of tender roast beef, Italian penne, green beans, salad, dinner rolls and dessert. A cash bar will be available throughout the evening. The evening will be filled with live Celtic entertainment, including World-renowned classic guitarist, Brian Henke, members of the Ringgold Harp Ensemble, Celtic auto-harp and Irish whistler, Virginia Ackley, the Pittsburgh Scottish Country Dancers, award winning piper, George Balderose and his Balmoral students, Scottish fiddler, Tomer Shamir, the Celtic Spirit Highland Dancers and Celtic singer and entertainer, Red McWilliams.

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