Word of Mouth - June 2019

May 31, 2019

June 2019



Impact Update. During the Spring 2019 cycle of our Language Access Project:

  • 14 of our bilingual interns provided 1,300 hours of volunteer language services from January 2019 - April 2019, for

  • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and, and The Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library!

They also translated 173 documents into Arabic, Spanish, French, Nepali, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Ukrainian, Hindi, Russian, Mandarin, and Swahili.


The translations and interpretation hours we provide through this program allow English learners to access the services provided by our nonprofit partners. Thank you to our interns, partners, proofreaders and team for making this all possible!

Next Up: Census 2020. We are excited to announce that for our Fall 2019 Language Access Project cycle, any nonprofits working to improve census participation among English learners are eligible to receive free translation of census-related materials through our program from August through January 2019. Contact Meredith at meredith@globalwordsmiths.com to learn more. Submission deadline is August 15.

We’re Hiring! Global Wordsmiths is hiring Uzbek, Chinese and Turkish language Interpreters and Translators. Contact careers@globalwordsmiths.com to apply!

With love,

Mary Jayne




“The translation of one text into another is informed by social context, historical events, intellectual movements, et cetera,” she says. “To simply say ‘a European novel arrived in the Middle East,’ discounts the entire process of interpretation that happened. The novel that arrives is not the same thing as the novel that left.” https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2019/03/arabic-translation-interpretation



Wikipedia has a translation problem. 

Client Spotlight: Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA)

Founded in 1992, APALA, AFL-CIO, is the first and only national organization of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) workers, most of who are union members, and our allies advancing worker, immigrant and civil rights. Since its founding, APALA has played a unique role in addressing the workplace issues of the 660,000 AAPI union members and in serving as the bridge between the broader labor movement and the AAPI community. Backed with strong support of the AFL-CIO, APALA has more than 20 chapters and pre-chapters and a national office in Washington, D.C. In 2019, AAPI activists in Pittsburgh officially founded the APALA Pittsburgh chapter.

APALA is dedicated to promoting political education and voter registration programs among AAPIs, and to the training, empowerment, and leadership of AAPIs within the labor movement and APA community. Furthermore, APALA works to defend and advocate for the civil and human rights of AAPIs, immigrants and all people of color, and continues to develop ties within international labor organizations, especially in the Asia-Pacific Rim.

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Check out this beautiful version of Blackbird by The Beatles sung in the Mi’kmaq language by High School student Emma Stevens to honor of the International Year of Indigenous Languages. 



We Are Among Us
June 1, City Theater Main Stage

Pittsburgh Taco Fest 2019
June 1, Highmark Stadium
CameroonFDP Party in the Park
June 2, Anderson Shelter Schenley Park

 Benefit Dinner for Literacy Pittsburgh
June 4, Mad Mex 

GlobalPittsburgh First Thursdays
June 6, Roland’s Seafood Grill

Pandemic: Kaleta and Super Yamba Ban
June 7, Brillobox

Pagdiriwang - A Celebration
June 9, Heinz Chapel + Cathedral of Learing

Building Bridges: Welcoming the Stranger
June 9, City of Asylum

Pennsylvania Immigrants and Refugee Rights Convening
June 9 - 10, Hilton Harrisburg Hotel

Círculo de lectores - Margaret Palmer and Robert Raven | The Volunteer
June 10, CLP Downtown

Reunión en la Comunidad
June 18, Latino Community Center

Building Bridges at the JCC of Greater Pittsburgh
June 20 at JCC

World Refugee Day Pittsburgh
June 21, Market Square

Community Resistance Zone: LAST Canvass
June 22, St. Catherine of Siena Church

Steel City World Cup
June 22 - 29, Montour Junction Sports Complex

Hello Neighbor Potluck in the Park
June 22, Carnegie Park

GlobalPittsburgh Global BBQ 2019
June 22, Shadyside Nursery

New Person of the Year Award: Wasi Mohamed
June 25, Nat. Assoc. of Letter Carriers Branch 84

Fiesta del Sol
June 28 at 6:00pm, Flashlight Factory

The Art of Pedro Almodóvar
June 28 - July 4 at Row House Cinema



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