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The Hidden City Philadelphia Festival is happening right now!
The Festival celebrates the power of place through the imagination of contemporary artists, inspiring people to explore the city’s history and imagine new futures for our urban landscape. Artists of diverse disciplines and media create site-specific work that illuminates abandoned, obscure or inaccessible sites throughout the city.
The festival will feature nine sites of historical and community interest, including several buildings looking for new ideas to bring them back to life, from the vacant and beguiling Germantown Town Hall, to Shivtei Yeshuron, a 19th century row house synagogue in South Philadelphia.
Shivtei Yeshuron will be hosting a radical Jewish concert series throughout the month as well as arts projects. We encourage you to visit all the sites - each is an interesting look into corners of Philadelphia not normally accessible - but if you have a special interest in Philadelphia's Jewish history, take some time before June 30 to stop by 4th and McKean!
Pro Bono Citizenship Weekend is a collaborative community-wide project, sponsored by the American Immigration Lawyers Association – Philadelphia Chapter, La Comunidad Hispana, Downingtown Library, Keystone Opportunity Center with the Lansdale Public Library, Multicultural Community Family Services of Upper Darby, ACLU of Pennsylvania, CEIBA, District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund, Esperanza Immigration Legal Services, HIAS Pennsylvania, Nationalities Service Center, Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition, and The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians. More organizations are joining all the time. Pennsylvania will celebrate Pro Bono Citizenship Weekend 2013 on April 20 and 21.
We are bringing Pro Bono Citizenship Weekend to counties outside of Philadelphia for 2013:
April 20: Chester County: La Comunidad Hispana
731 W Cypress St Kennett Square, PA 19348
Montgomery County: Lansdale Public Library
301 Vine Street, Lansdale, PA 19446
Delaware County: Multicultural Community Family Services
7016 Terminal Square Upper Darby, PA 19082
April 21: Chester County: Downingtown Library
330 E Lancaster Ave, Downingtown, PA 19335
Site in Allentown, PA to be announced
Join teams of volunteer attorneys in providing free assistance to eligible lawful permanent residents who wish to apply for U.S. citizenship. We are especially eager to welcome attorneys from the counties to volunteer. Attorneys from all practice areas are welcome; you don’t need to be an immigration attorney to participate.
Free Attorney Training Sessions on the U.S. Citizenship Procedure
1.5 CLE credits issued to those who volunteer on Pro Bono Citizenship Weekend
Session # 1: Wednesday, March 6, 12:00-1:30 pm
Location: Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, Philadelphia
Session # 2: Thursday, March 28, 12:30-2:00pm
Location: Duane Morris, 30 South 17th Street, 12th Floor, Philadelphia
Webinar: Thursday, April 11, 2:00-3:30pm
To sign up for any session e-mail: Sarina Issenberg or call 215-832-0900.
Attorney registration form linked below.
Reside in the United States as a permanent resident for 5 years (3 years if living with and married to a U.S. citizen)
Remain in the U.S. for at least half of the 5 years period (or 3, if married to a U.S. citizen)
Be at least 18 years old
Proficient in reading, writing and speaking English
o You may be eligible to take the civics test in your own language if you are:
§ age 50+ and living in the U.S. for 20yrs as a legal permanent resident
§ age 55+ and living in U.S. for 15 years as a legal permanent resident
Pay the government application fee $680
o Individuals who receive public benefits, or are 150% of the poverty level or below, qualify for a fee waiver
On April 10th, we will make our voices heard loud and clear that we expect Congress to fix our broken immigration system in 2013. We will educate, march, rally, pray and knock on the doors of Congress until President Obama signs commonsense immigration reform that includes a realistic path to citizenship.
For too long, our communities have suffered under a defective and outdated immigration system that stifles our economic growth, makes political scapegoats out of immigrants, and tears families apart. The time is now for justice. The time is now for citizenship!
El 10 de abril, vamos alzar nuestras voces y esperamos que el Congreso nos escuche. Nuestro sistema de inmigración está roto y tiene que ser arreglado este año. Vamos a educarnos, a marchar juntos, a orar y manifestarnos en las puertas del Congreso hasta que el Presidente Obama firme una reforma que tenga sentido común e incluya un camino a la ciudadanía.
Por demasiado tiempo, nuestras comunidades han sufrido bajo un sistema migratorio defectuoso y anticuado que ahoga nuestro crecimiento económico, explota a los inmigrantes y destroza familias. Ahora es el momento para la justicia. Ahora es el momento para dar ciudadanía a todos!
We'll be there with the best of them, supporting the swell that is growing in the United States for comprehensive immigration reform. See you there!
Follow the rally on Twitter both leading up to and on the day of with the hashtags #A10 and #TimeIsNow.
Get student tickets at https://plirp.