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BelongLex seeks to send message that Immigrants & Refugees belong

Posted at 9:17 AM, Oct 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-04 18:53:44-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)  — You've probably seen the signs popping up around Lexington in shop windows. Community members plan to send the message that immigrants and refugees belong in Lexington by displaying posters reading “Immigrants & Refugees Belong Here” in shops and restaurants around the city.

The poster campaign arose from the "On the Table" conversations hosted by Maxwell Street Legal Clinic.

BelongLex organizer and Atomic Ramen owner Dan Wu and KEJC created the project and brought it to fruition with support from the Bluegrass Community Foundation’s “What You Do Matters” grant.

“I want people to think about immigrants and refugees and the fact that they have always been a part of our community and they belong here,” Wu said. “BelongLex reframes the conversation in a positive way to make it clear to our immigrant and refugee neighbors that no matter what kind of laws and policies are coming down, the people are on their side.”

The posters have been spotted in local restaurants. Wu estimates that the group has distributed at least 200 posters around town and they hope to continue.

If you would like to obtain a poster for your business or would like to help distributing, contact Dan Wu at culinaryevangelist@gmail.com. You can also check out the group's Instagram for more information.