Center City: Philadelphia’s Irish Community Supports Civil Rights

Center City: Philadelphia’s Irish Community Supports Civil Rights

People of Irish descent in Philadelphia have a history dating back to the pre-American Revolution era. According to the Global Philadelphia Association (GPA), Irish Americans make up the largest ethnic group in the Philadelphia area. The 2000 U.S. Census lists the population of people of Irish descent in Philadelphia as more than 206,000. However, this […]

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Immigration: Five Organizations Offering Community Services

Immigration: Five Organizations Offering Community Services

An influx of Latino and Asian immigrants have added to the city’s sizable black population and new ethnic neighborhoods have emerged in Philadelphia during the past several years. According to a 2008 report from the Brookings Institution, the most recent data measuring immigrant population in Philadelphia, the city had one of the fastest-growing immigrant populations among similar-sized cities. […]

 

Roxborough/Manayunk: Tensions Arise Between Renters And Homeowners

Roxborough/Manayunk: Tensions Arise Between Renters And Homeowners

For Mary McCarthy and other longtime homeowners, the communities of Manayunk and Roxborough are areas that have rapidly changed during the last 20 years. Since the mid-1990’s, the community has shifted from mostly family style homes to apartments rented primarily by young adults. This change in demographic has brought a multitude of changes to the area, […]

 

Chinatown: Xu Lin Builds Community With Dragon Boat Team

Chinatown: Xu Lin Builds Community With Dragon Boat Team

The summer weather is arriving and the school year ending, but Chinatown is not exactly the ideal vacation spot. “There’s nothing to do in Chinatown during the summer,” said Jason Lin, 31. “There are no activities.” Luckily for the kids, Xu Lin, 31, helps solve the predicament of no fun stuff by taking locals dragon boat […]

 

Chinatown: An Educational Anchor in The Community

Chinatown: An Educational Anchor in The Community

Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School is an anchor in the North Chinatown/ Loft District. The school, which is located on Callowhill Street near 10th, has helped to establish the area as a neighborhood and strengthens the identity of the Chinatown community. FACTS was founded in 2005 by Asian Americans United. It accepts students from kindergarten to eighth […]

 

South Philadelphia: More U-Visa Awareness for Immigrant Crime Victims

South Philadelphia: More U-Visa Awareness for Immigrant Crime Victims

South Philadelphia is historically notorious for being the home of the city’s Italian mafia. But while the mob’s presence has quelled in the recent years, crime is still a prevalent issue in the community, especially crimes targeting the city’s largely growing immigrant communities. Armed robbery and theft are particularly common occurrences in South Philadelphia. Within […]

 

South Philadelphia: World Cup Soccer Unites Ninth Street’s Thriving Latino Community

South Philadelphia: World Cup Soccer Unites Ninth Street’s Thriving Latino Community

Latino pride is especially strong this summer in South Philadelphia, with this year’s FIFA World Cup being the talk of the neighborhood and capturing the attention of many locals, including the city’s growing Hispanic contingent. The global soccer tournament, which occurs every four years, drew in an average of more than 5 million viewers per game in the United […]

 

South Philadelphia: Motivating Students From Immigrant Families

South Philadelphia: Motivating Students From Immigrant Families

On any given weekday afternoon, there are elementary school students completing their homework with the help of tutors and volunteers at the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia’s after school program. The room bursts with youthful energy when the constraints of homework can’t keep them down and many students enjoy running around and playing with friends […]

 By Amelia Brust

Spruce Hill: African Immigrants Struggle to Navigate City’s Healthcare System

Spruce Hill: African Immigrants Struggle to Navigate City’s Healthcare System

An immigration boom in 2000 helped turn the Baltimore Avenue corridor into a hub for African businesses. Spruce Hill has dozens of restaurants while Woodland and Chester avenues are peppered with African and Caribbean grocery stores. While no exact census data exists, in Philadelphia, the four largest communities are in order Nigerian, Liberian, Ghanaian and […]

 By Francisco Jr. Ovalle and Wafai Dias

Al Día: Philadelphia Nonprofit Helps the Latino Immigrant Community

Al Día: Philadelphia Nonprofit Helps the Latino Immigrant Community

[vimeo 62800136] A large crowd recently gathered for a rally at Love Park in support of immigration reform. Several organizations including Juntos were involved with the event. One of the key speakers was Miguel Andrade. He is the youth organizer for Juntos. “I myself am an immigrant,” said Andrade. ” I know firsthand what it’s like […]