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Chinatown: Community Agency Looks To Engage More Residents, Businesses

Chinatown: Community Agency Looks To Engage More Residents, Businesses

In a quiet office on 9th Street, red lanterns are strung from the ceiling and two long banners are hung beside a portrait of the Arch of Friendship. The office houses the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp., where special projects associate Lamei Zhang (above) sits in the back corner, tucked between two computer screens and flyers […]

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Logan Square: Peace Advocate Empowers Others To Protest Immigration Order

Logan Square: Peace Advocate Empowers Others To Protest Immigration Order

Kerri Kennedy is the associate general secretary for international programs at the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) located on Cherry Street in Logan Square. While AFSC does not normally stage protests, Kennedy and the agency organized the Philadelphia March for Humanity on Feb. 3 to express disapproval of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel to the U.S. for passport holders from seven Muslim-majority […]

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Immigration: Philadelphia Embraces Refugee Resettlement

Immigration: Philadelphia Embraces Refugee Resettlement

In response to President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to end the country’s refugee resettlement program shortly after taking office, Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney signed an open letter requesting President Barack Obama and his administration to continue to protect immigrants, including those whose home countries are too unsafe to return to. In compliance with Governor Tom Wolf’s statement in 2015 […]

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Northern Liberties: Out With the Old, In With the New

Northern Liberties: Out With the Old, In With the New

Like other parts of the city, Northern Liberties’ housing market has rapidly expanded in recent years. It seems as if every other street is restricted by orange construction barricades. By the time the seasons change, they’re gone, a new building is up and an old brick home is being demolished. New construction often comes with […]

 

South Philadelphia: Refugee Resettlement Contributes To Diverse History

South Philadelphia: Refugee Resettlement Contributes To Diverse History

The Philadelphia non-profit Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Association Coalition (SEAMAAC) was bustling with activity in the afternoon hours of Nov. 7. Men and women with origins spanning from Vietnam and Laos, to Indonesia and Burma, cold-called potential voters with advice on where to find their polling location, tactics on how to identify voter intimidation and […]

 

Chinatown: Groups Work To Increase Residents’ Participation In Politics, Elections

Chinatown: Groups Work To Increase Residents’ Participation In Politics, Elections

Election Day has come and gone and many are either celebrating or discouraged by the result. While this brought an end to the current election cycle, the work done to increase the political involvement of the Chinese community is far from over. Just this year, the nonprofit Philadelphia Tri-state Chinese American Association formed, with Yong Peng as its […]

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Hunting Park: Local Efforts Encourage Minorities And Millennials To Vote

Hunting Park: Local Efforts Encourage Minorities And Millennials To Vote

Equipped with pledge cards, iPods, and polling data, a group of five millennials cramped into a minivan. Maneuvering through North Philadelphia, the team knocked door-to-door along nestled rowhomes in Hunting Park, Juniata Park, and Feltonville, greeted by residents stricken with consternations surrounding Election Day. The canvassing clan is a constituent of the National Council of […]

 

Chinatown: John Chin Seeks To Bring Divided Community Together

Chinatown: John Chin Seeks To Bring Divided Community Together

John Chin, the executive director of Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp. (PCDC), is at the forefront of a neighborhood split in two. According to city maps, the space above the Vine Street Expressway is considered Callowhill. But it is known to Chin – as well as to his colleagues and, Chin hopes, many others in the future – […]

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Immigration: South Philly Barbacoa Pushing For Reform, One Dish At A Time

Immigration: South Philly Barbacoa Pushing For Reform, One Dish At A Time

Priority No. 1 for Cristina Martinez (above), the head chef at South Philly Barbacoa, is “to change the hearts” of customers at the restaurant at 11th and Morris streets. “They come in and eat the food here, and maybe at the table they talk immigration reform,” Martinez said. Since acquiring their own brick-and-mortar space, the […]

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Immigration: After Sanctuary City Status Returns, City Council Members Look Forward On Immigration Reform

Immigration: After Sanctuary City Status Returns, City Council Members Look Forward On Immigration Reform

Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez (above, in red) was the first Latina elected to a district seat in City Council and has continued to advocate for Philadelphia’s diverse communities since. Working directly with Mayor Jim Kenney, she proposed a municipal ID law on Feb. 25 that would provide all city residents with access to government-issued photo IDs that do […]

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