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Word of Mouth - June 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 to learn more. Submission deadline is August 15. We’re Hiring! Global Wordsmiths is hiring Uzbek, Chinese and Turkish language Interpreters and Translators. Contact 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.”




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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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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