Welcome to Raleigh, Y'all
Let's get these signs—which welcome visitors and residents to Raleigh in sixteen languages—in as many yards as possible! They cost approximately $5 to manufacture, so we suggest a $10 donation. If you cannot afford that, we're happy to part with them at cost or less. If you would like to pay more in order to help someone else's cost, you have that option, too. When you order these, we'll send you an email about how to grab your sign in Raleigh.
Proceeds go to the local chapter of the United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, the Durham-based nonprofit Uniting NC, and Come Out & Show, which is responsible for this campaign.
In early January, we went to Raleigh advertising agency Baldwin& with a challenge: How could we create signage that clearly and quickly signaled to people of all races, faiths, and nations that Raleigh welcomes them?
A few days later, Welcome to Raleigh, Y'all—a campaign of signs, stickers, murals and banners—was born. In the coming weeks and months, Come Out & Show Them will distribute thousands of Welcome to Raleigh, Y'all signs and stickers on a pay-what-you-can basis. A few large-scale murals and installations are in the works, too.
Proceeds from the sales will go to printing more signs, murals, and posters, with final proceeds from the Welcome to Raleigh, Y'all campaign going to the North Carolina Office of the United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, a nonprofit that does vital work to protect both communities in North Carolina.
Perhaps more important, though, is our hope that these signs spark a community conversation about immigration, deportation, and the history and future of sanctuary. We consider this to be less of a political issue than one of social justice and equality, and it is our goal to help create these conversations and give people a chance to be better educated about these issues.