Immigration Voices of Change in Southeastern Pennsylvania

The Philadelphia region’s lengthy immigration history has included an ever-changing flow of people from many regions of the world.

The 2010 census demonstrated the powerful impact immigrants continue to have today, as Philadelphia’s population grew for the first time in 60 years. Yet despite the myriad contributions of immigrant entrepreneurs, workers and families, the immigration debate has led to the passage of Arizona-style anti-immigrant laws around the country. In Pennsylvania, we are facing an unprecedented number of anti-immigrant bills, including an enforcement bill much like Arizona’s.

On Wednesday, October 12, 2011, an open public forum will be held to explore the implications of the latest demographic shifts on the economy and workforce and discuss the impact of proposed legislation on Southeastern Pennsylvania.

WHO: Frank Sharry, Founder and Executive Director of America’s Voice

With the support of allies in the immigration reform community, Frank Sharry created America’s Voice in 2008 to focus on communications and media as part of an effort to win comprehensive immigration reform. Previously, Frank served as Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, one of the nation’s premier immigration policy organizations, which has been at the center of every major immigration legislative and policy debate for the past 25 years.

Following Sharry’s presentation, Fernando Chang-Muy, Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, will moderate a lively panel discussion to address state and local issues. Panelists will include a local policy expert and a DREAM Act Activist.

This event is sponsored by Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Bread and Roses Community Fund, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Hispanics in Philanthropy and The Philadelphia Foundation.

College of Physicians of Philadelphia

19 S. 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

For interviews or additional information regarding the event, please contact Betsy Anderson, 215-563-6417, banderson@philafound.org.

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