Fort Worth, TX – Sister Cities Brings Amnesty International Message

Forth Worth Sister Cities International will be discussing citizen diplomacy and human rights in an upcoming webinar. Read Fort Worth's message on their efforts to advocate for international relationships below: Citizen Diplomacy and Human Rights FORT WORTH, TEXAS (June 4, 2021) Fort Worth Sister Cities International brings international attention to Fort Worth with its nine sister cities in China, Eswatini, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, and Mexico since 1985. This month, Fort Worth Sister Cities International will bring Roger Mark de Souza, the ...

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St. Louis – Stuttgart Sister Cities Current Projects

St. Louis, Missouri and Stuttgart Sister Cities from Germany have joined together to create projects that would further connect both their communities. Read about the most recent project below. The Green Beret Youth Initiative was founded honoring MSG Micheal B. Riley, to empower kids to make a change in their lives and communities in St. Louis. The program advocates for three main pillars: Exercise & Nutrition, Academic Enhancement, and Mentoring. These pillars are in place to create an ultimate impact within the communities. Participants of the program range ...

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Highland Park, IL and Puerto Vallarta Sister Cities Partnership Hosts Virtual Cooking Class Fundraiser

Chef Thierry Blouet Partners with Highland Park/Puerto Vallarta Sister Cities to bring Art and Cultural Programs to Children in Puerto Vallarta The Highland Park, IL, Sister Cities Foundation and the Puerto Vallarta/Highland Park Sister Cities Committee in Puerto Vallarta partnered with Thierry Blouet, chef and owner of Café des Artistes in Puerto Vallarta, to create a Virtual Cooking Class. This event raised money for Sister Cities Art and Cultural Programs for children in Puerto Vallarta.   The Zoom event, held on May 25, 2021, featured Chef Blouet cooking in ...

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Sister Cities AAPI Highlight Stories

To wrap up our AAPI Community Highlights, we would like to bring attention to some sister cities who helped each other during the this past year regarding the pandemic. By providing PPE to their sister cities and other help they needed, these communities were able to stay strong through each other's support. Read below to see what our partnerships were able to achieve. Cincinnati, Ohio and New Taipei City, Taiwan - "A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed" Establishing their sister-city relationship in 1994, the two cities have participated in mayoral visits and ...

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Norfolk Sister Cities, VA Matches Donations Towards COVID Aid for Their Sister City Kochi, India

COVID Aid for Kochi As we are sure you are aware, India is suffering under the strain of a significant COVID-19 wave of infection. While things are not as dire as the northern part of the country, Norfolk's sister city, Kochi has not been spared. Norfolk Sister City Association's Board of Directors is issuing a dollar for dollar match up to $500 for donations made in support of COVID relief for Kochi, India. This match will remain in effect through 5:00 PM EDT on May 26th, 2021. Norfolk Sister Cities are working with their counterparts in Kochi to have your ...

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Baltimore Sister Cities Organizes “Our Home Too” Event in Support for AAPI Communities

OUR HOME TOO A forum in support for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Communities   Date: Thursday, May 27th, 2021 Time: 7:00-8:30pm EDT Format: Zoom webinar Admission: Free (advance registration required) More info & to register: aapi2021.eventbrite.com   May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), which honors the history and achievements of our Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Unfortunately, this year’s celebrations are marred by increasing rates of targeted violence against AAPI ...

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Bellingham Sister Cities Hosted Filmmaking Workshop with Their Sister City Partnerships

Bellingham, Washington Sister Cities held an event in which Bellingham Sister Cities and their sister city partnerships screened videos that their international teams produced. See below to see their work and their impacts! “Resemblances” A Cross-Cultural Filmmaking Workshop Teenage students from four continents and in four different times zones excitedly awaited the screening of the videos their international teams had just finished producing.  It was Sunday evening, May 2nd, in Bellingham, Washington for the ZOOM premier although for three of Bellingham’s ...

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Little Rock Sister Cities Organizes Virtual Student Exchange

Little Rock Students Building Bridges Across the Atlantic By Commissioner Lenka Horakova, Little Rock Sister Cities   “What is Yorkshire pudding?,” one Little Rock student wanted to know. “Do most of the students go watch and support your sports teams?" a student from Newcastle asked his Little Rock counterpart. “UK is on my bucket list,” concluded a Little Rock student at the end of a virtual student exchange session that the Little Rock Sister Cities Commission jointly organized with Newcastle Upon Tyne in the United Kingdom.   The Little ...

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Ruth Hashimoto

Ruth Hashimoto Ruth Hashimoto was a founding member of the Albuquerque, New Mexico Sister Cities program, within the first 10 years of Sister Cities International’s founding at the national level.  Ruth was born in Seattle in 1913 to Japanese immigrants and in 1942 was one of 120,000 Japanese Americans confined to internment camps by the U.S. Government, where she also met another good friend to Sister Cities – former Mayor, U.S. Representative, and U.S. Secretary, Norman Mineta.  Ruth was quoted as admitting that the ordeal definitely impacted her, but that she ...

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HOUSTON “VIRTUAL” IFTAR 2021 WITH THE MAYOR OF HOUSTON

Historic Drive Thru Houston “Virtual” Iftar 2021 held and 3,000 Meals handed out in Respectful Manner:   Houston, Texas, USA (April 19, 2021) Karachi, Istanbul, Baku, Basrah, and Abu Dhabi Sister City Associations, along with the Houston Mayor’s Office of Trade and International Affairs, the Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH), the Ismaili Council for Southwestern US, Dawoodi Bohra Mosque, Helping Hand USA & many Collaborating Organizations organized the 2nd “Houston Virtual Iftar Program & Dinner Pickup” with the Mayor of Houston on ...

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