The D.C. Language Access Coalition and the Latino Federation of Greater Washington are sponsoring "Celebrating Our Heritage, Respecting Our Language Rights", a community event to celebrate the diversity of the D.C. community while educating participants on language rights. The event will take place on July 19 from 12pm to 3pm at the Columbia Heights Community Center (1480 Girard St. NW). Click here for the flyer.
On June 17, 2008, the D.C. Language Access Coalition sent a letter (Click here to read) to the City Council expressing concern about the shortage of ESL programs in the District. The letter calls attention to the high percentage of immigrants who report English-language proficiency and the long waiting lists for ESL programs across the country as evidence of immigrants' overwhelming desire to learn English.
On June 5, 2008, Nadia Firozvi of the APALRC presented testimony on language access at a hearing entitled Racism in DC: An International Inquiry. The hearing was conducted by Dr. Doudou Diéne, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance. After the hearing, Dr. Diéne approached Nadia to tell her that he was pleased with her analysis and perspective.
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