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Immigration: VietLead Pushes Back Against Federal Government Policies And Practices

Immigration: VietLead Pushes Back Against Federal Government Policies And Practices

Nancy Dung Nguyen has made her career in social justice work, focusing originally on domestic violence issues and youth organizing. Now, she uses her advocacy skills to help her own community as the executive director and one of the co-founders of VietLead, an organization that works with the Vietnamese community in Philadelphia, as well as other […]

 

Immigration: On A Student Visa, Manish Walia Studies More Than Just Chemistry

Immigration: On A Student Visa, Manish Walia Studies More Than Just Chemistry

Manish Walia, 29, grew up in New Delhi, India but he didn’t dream of the United States, even as he watched Spider-Man and X-men cartoons as a child.

 

Latinx: Julia Rivera And Congreso Focus Mission For Latin Americans In Philadelphia

Latinx: Julia Rivera And Congreso Focus Mission For Latin Americans In Philadelphia

The nonprofit Congreso de Latinos Unidos serves Philadelphia’s Latino population and offers more than 50 programs, like health insurance education and enrollment sessions, support for seniors living independently and work readiness. Congreso doesn’t have any services specifically focused on immigrants, but its website notes an increase in Latin American immigrants in the city and the population it […]

 

Education: An Assistant Principal Helping Craft Inclusive Environments

Education: An Assistant Principal Helping Craft Inclusive Environments

Odamis Fernandez-Scheinbaum is the assistant principal at Independence Charter School. Fernandez-Scheinbaum, having worked previously as reading specialist and assessment coordinator at the K-8 community-based charter school, has been at ICS for more than 10 years. The school, located at 16th and Lombard streets in Center City, emphasizes second language acquisition and teaching students to become […]

 

Mifflin Square: Keith Mui Helps Make Room For All In Mifflin Square Park Renovation

Mifflin Square: Keith Mui Helps Make Room For All In Mifflin Square Park Renovation

Since November 2016, SEAMAAC has partnered with other organizations that work with Philadelphia’s immigrant and refugee populations to rebuild Mifflin Square Park, located in South Philadelphia at Sixth and Wolf streets. In collaboration with organizations like the Bhutanese American Organization, Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia and United Communities Southeast Philadelphia, SEAMAAC developed a park renovation […]

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Latinx: Hispanic-Owned Businesses Continue To Grow in the Greater Philadelphia Region

Latinx: Hispanic-Owned Businesses Continue To Grow in the Greater Philadelphia Region

On a national level, the Latinx baby boom is expected to increase the population by 167% in the next thirty years. With an ever growing population of about 1.6 million residents, the Latinx community in Philadelphia brings vitality not only culturally but economically. Concentrated in Hispanic-populated areas, these businesses are multiplying just as fast as […]

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East Passyunk: An East Passyunk Native Who Has Grown With The Community

East Passyunk:  An East Passyunk Native Who Has Grown With The Community

John Medica has been a recreation leader and facility supervisor at the East Passyunk Community Center for four years, since they first opened as a city-run community center. During his time here, he has seen the positive change, particularly for children, that the center has provided in terms of having a safe space to play […]

 

Immigration: A Snapshot Of The Korean Immigrant’s Experience In Philadelphia

Immigration: A Snapshot Of The Korean Immigrant’s Experience In Philadelphia

In many ways, Bok Won Kang’s immigration story is like that of many Korean immigrants to Philadelphia. Kang, who is now the officer of civil affairs for the Korean American Association of Greater Philadelphia, first came to the United States as a student in 1968 during his high school years. Kang liked his experience in […]

 

How To: Apply For A Green Card (Adjustment Of Status)

How To: Apply For A Green Card (Adjustment Of Status)

It’s hard to understand immigration without understanding the process that immigrants have to weave their way through in order to maintain a stay in another country. “It is a serious process,” said Jane Cowley, public affairs officer for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Philadelphia. “It is not a process to be undertaken lightly, but […]

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Fishtown: Owner Vipul Patel Opened The City’s First Legal Marijuana Dispensary

Fishtown: Owner Vipul Patel Opened The City’s First Legal Marijuana Dispensary

Behind tinted storefront glass and an intercom-locked door, lies Vipul Patel’s vision: spotless walls and slick flooring, flanked by flat screen displays and colored bleach-white, with a painstakingly grown ivy backdrop behind the front desk. Restore does its best to subvert the stigma and stereotyping around marijuana culture, at least superficially, a move that Patel […]