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Ten Myths About Immigration—Updated!

The Teaching Tolerance staff of the SPLC has updated their Ten Myths about Immigration to respond to the recent executive orders and proposed legislation to limit immigration and acceptance of refugees, educators and students.   The updated version of their popular “Ten Myths About Immigration” feature reflects current statistics and information so you and your students can dispel harmful stereotypes.

Take a minute to read through the article, learn why the statements are false and think about how to talk to students about the realities behind each myth.

How many of these myths have you heard?

      1. Most immigrants are here illegally.
      2. It’s easy to enter the country legally. My ancestors did; why can’t immigrants today?
      3. Today’s immigrants don’t want to learn English.
      4. Immigrants take good jobs from U.S. citizens.
      5. “The worst” people from other countries are coming to the United States and bringing crime and violence.
      6. Undocumented immigrants don’t pay taxes and burden the national economy.
      7. The United States is being overrun by immigrants like never before.
      8. We can stop undocumented immigrants coming to the United States by building a wall along the border with Mexico.
      9. Banning immigrants and refugees from majority-Muslim countries will protect the United States from terrorists.
      10. Refugees are not screened before entering the United States.
We hope that, with these facts at your fingertips, you’ll feel more confident leading constructive conversations about immigration and the role that immigrants play in shaping our history and identity as a country

Tax-Aide Program

Free income tax preparation is available at MCPL locations by trained volunteers for low-to-moderate income Montgomery County taxpayers — especially seniors 60 and over. Call 240-777-2577, Monday through Friday, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm to make an appointment starting January 30, 2017.   The RSVP/AARP Tax-Aide Program also offers appointments  online.
  • Chevy Chase: Thursdays, February 9 – April 13, 2017
  • Gaithersburg: Wednesdays, February 8 – April 12, 2017
  • Germantown: Mondays, February 6 – April 17, 2017
  • Kensington Park: Fridays, February 10 – April 14, 2017
  • Long Branch: Wednesdays and Saturdays, February 8 – April 15, 2017
  • Olney : Thursdays, February 9 – April 13, 2017
  • Poolesville: Fridays, February 10 – April 14, 2017
  • Silver Spring: Tuesdays, February 7 – April 18, 2017
  • Twinbrook: Tuesdays, February 7 – April 18, 2017

Community Tax Aid

Walk-in service only; no appointments; first come, first served.  For individuals with no more than $35,000 in income and families with no more than $52,000.

Disaster Safety for People with Disabilities: What to Do When Emergency Weather Strikes

With the biggest storm of the season set to hit Montgomery County, this article from the Redfin Corporation  is a good reminder to stay alert and informed. Stay tuned to the Montgomery County Winter Storm Information Portal to find out information on plowing roads, or to submit a service request, or call Montgomery County’s Customer Service center at 311, or 240-777-0311. If you have a generator, check to be sure it’s in good working condition so it will be ready the moment you need it. It’s a good idea to keep backup equipment batteries as part of your emergency supply kit, but if you have the safe opportunity to buy more when a blizzard is on the way, do so. Blizzards You’ll also want to check in with your doctor. Request any medication refills you might need, taking into consideration that roads may be blocked and businesses closed for several days at a time. Ask if there are any aspects to your condition that could be exacerbated by the freezing temperatures and what you can do to prevent problems. There may even be some specific non-perishable foods your physician can recommend that will be especially nutritious for you to focus on until grocery shopping is possible. Be over-prepared when it comes to protecting yourself from the cold, even if you’re not especially susceptible to problems from it. Insulate your home as much as possible — hanging dark curtains over a window with direct sun can make an important difference — and bundle up. Be especially mindful of warming your fingers, toes, ears, nose, and cheeks, as these areas can be quite prone to frostnip and frostbite. And don’t forget to have some extra blankets set aside for your service animal if you have one.

Responding to Hate and Bias at School

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project, has developed a Guide for Responding to Hate and Bias at School. The guides is divided into three sections:
  • Before a Crisis Occurs. How can you and other school leaders assess your school’s climate with an eye toward defusing tension, preventing escalation and avoiding problems?
  • When There’s a Crisis. What are the nine key points to consider when responding to a crisis that has been triggered by a bias incident at your school?
  • After the Worst is Over. How can you address long-term planning and capacity building for the future, including development of social emotional skills?

Immigration Forum – Thursday March 16, 2017: Forest Oak Middle School

MCPS and Family Services, Inc’s Linkages to Learning Program presents an Immigration Forum for families and individuals to learn about rights of immigrants and how to protect families.  Free childcare will be provided.  This is a free event, open to the public.  No RSVP necessary. Thursday, March 16, 2017, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Forest Oak Middle School (map) 651 Saybrooke Oaks Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Topics covered:
    • General overview of current immigration issues
    • Status of executive orders and what it means
    • What legal options are available
    • Question and Answer session
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New Healthy Montgomery Calendar

Healthy Montgomery has a new Community Calendar of Events.   You can find exercise classes, like Yoga and Tai Chi, nutritional education programs and smoking- cessation progams, and other healthy living programs on their website : Community Health Calendar. To submit an event that furthers the mission of Healthy Montgomery, contact Healthy Montgomery Find out what our community is doing to promote Healthier Living on our Resource Guide.

March is National Nutrition Month

Whether you are a dietitian, educator, parent, or someone who is just trying to eat a bit better, has resources to help you achieve your healthy eating goals this month, and all year long.
  • Discover healthy eating solutions for everyday life
  • Find tools to set and achieve your goals
  • Watch videos on how simple making healthy choices can be
In Montgomery County, hospitals, government organizations and non-profits work together to provide Nutrition Education programs.  Find one that fits your lifestyle here.

February is National Heart Month

In some cases, physical activity can be as beneficial to your heart as medication. As part of their Healthy Heart research and resources guide, a Johns Hopkins expert outlines six heart benefits of exercise, and  how you can make staying active part of your heart-protection plan.

The goal of Healthy Montgomery, a partnership between Montgomery County Government, local hospitals and the Collaboration Council, is to achieve optimal health and well-being for Montgomery County residents.  By promoting and supporting programs that  support Healthy Living, we can support these goals.

Visit our Resource Guide on Healthy Living to find local programs on  Health & Nutrition, Wellness and Physical Activities, and programs that support vulnerable populations.

January is National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month. A mentor guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. You can download the National Mentoring Partnership’s Toolkit, and view our Mentoring Resource Guide.   

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The National Domestic Violence Hotline offers this information on abuse:

Is This Abuse? Get the facts

Locally, the Montgomery County Family Justice Center is a collaboration of public and private county agencies seeking to provide services to families impacted by domestic violence, in a family-friendly environment. The Mission of the FJC is to promote safety, well-being, and healing for victims of family violence.

View Montgomery County’s programs for abused adults and children, and what our organizations are doing to prevent violence in our community.

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