Social issues

 

Chinatown: Activist Worked With Obama, Advocates For Immigrant Children With Disabilities

Chinatown: Activist Worked With Obama, Advocates For Immigrant Children With Disabilities

Chinatown resident Anna Perng is an advocate for both immigrant communities and for people with disabilities. Perng, the daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, has been an activist and organizer since her time studying at Swarthmore College, she said. After graduating, she also spent time working at Community Legal Services and in 2017 became a local community organizer […]

 

Wharton: Roots Of Happiness Grows Community For Elderly Southeast Asian Immigrants And Refugees

Wharton: Roots Of Happiness Grows Community For Elderly Southeast Asian Immigrants And Refugees

Every Tuesday morning elderly Southeast Asian immigrants and refugees come together to socialize, strengthen community ties and improve their mental and physical health. Roots of Happiness: Elders Health & Wellness Services takes place from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at coworking space Bok on Ninth Street near Mifflin Street. The program, run by SEAMAAC, serves […]

 

Immigration: How Philadelphia’s Public Libraries Can Benefit Foreign Born Residents

Immigration: How Philadelphia’s Public Libraries Can Benefit Foreign Born Residents

Philadelphia has had a long history when it comes to libraries. Benjamin Franklin started the country’s first library, The Library Company, which remains open today, 287 years later. Today, the Free Library of Philadelphia finds itself in a unique position. While most public libraries are operated by local governments, FLP is managed by an independent […]

 

Immigration: Kiera Kenney Connects African And Caribbean Immigrants And Refugees With Health And Social Services

Immigration: Kiera Kenney Connects African And Caribbean Immigrants And Refugees With Health And Social Services

The African Family Health Organization, located on Chestnut Street near 44th Street, works with African and Caribbean refugees to connect them with health and social services around the city. AFAHO’s services include ESL courses, case management programs and helping community members set up and go to doctor’s appointments. Kiera Kenney works as the manager of […]

 

Immigration: Gretchen Shanfeld Connects Immigrants And Refugees with Health And Mental Health Services

Immigration: Gretchen Shanfeld Connects Immigrants And Refugees with Health And Mental Health Services

The Nationalities Service Center at 1216 Arch St. helps more than 5,000 immigrants and refugees every year adjust to their new lives in Philadelphia. They offer a range of services including English classes, legal services and connecting people to health services. Gretchen Shanfeld has worked at NSC for more than eight years and currently serves as […]

 

Immigration Law: Joe Gordon Explains The Ups And Downs And Political Shifts

Immigration Law: Joe Gordon Explains The Ups And Downs And Political Shifts

Joe Gordon has been an immigration lawyer since 2012. His office may be based in North Philadelphia at 4719 N. Broad St., but his work takes him throughout the city and the effects are felt around the globe. Gordon is an all-around family man – practicing family-based immigration law by day and spending his evenings […]

 

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 […]