4 Ways to Support Immigrant Students and Families This Week


In recent months, Philly educators have been coming together to discuss how we can work in our schools and communities to support our immigrant students and families. Thank you to everyone who joined us for our kick-off discussion in December, or the follow-up discussions at the Collaboration of Educators at Central and Bache-Martin on 1/3. For more advocacy and Know Your Rights information, check out PICC's Resources Page and Juntos' Community Resources Page.

This week, there are multiple important events to push forward the conversation on how support students and families- and to take a stand in resistance to Trump's anti-immigrant agenda! Check them out below, and see you there.


Tuesday, 1/17 5-7pm: SDP Community Forum on Immigrant and Refugee Students (440 N Broad):
Join us as we gather to learn from highly respected practitioners who work with immigrants, refugees, LGBTQ, Muslims, undocumented, unaccompanied minors, and anyone who is vulnerable. Come and increase your awareness of how to best protect and support diverse students, families, and communities, and how we are striving to have schools that are inclusive in theory and practice.

The program will begin at 5:00 P.M., when you will be able to get a light dinner and visit resource tables from community organizations and government agencies; talk to immigration lawyers and some of the local consulates (Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Uruguay, El Salvador, and others). 

At 5:30 P.M. Superintendent Hite will open the meeting, followed by an interactive panel of local experts which includes: Rue Landau, Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations; Ryan Houldin, Council on American-Islamic Relations; María Sotomayor, Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC); Cathi Miller-Wilson, HIAS PA; Juliane Ramic, Nationalities Service Center; Miriam Enriquez, Mayor's Office on Immigrant Affairs; Hon. Alicia Kerber, Consul of Mexico; Dr. Eric Edi, AFRICOM; Dr. Carrie Jacobs, The Attic Youth Center; and Karyn Lynch, The School District of Philadelphia. We will have on-site interpretation services and childcare will be available for children ages 4 and older.


Thursday, 1/19 4pm: Tell the SRC: Education, Not Deportation! (440 N Broad):
Thursday, January 19th -- the day before inauguration day -- is a national day of action to defend our schools from Donald Trump and his proposed Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. DeVos is a lobbyist for privatized education and has moved millions of dollars to right wing efforts to gut public schools, especially in urban communities of color. 

3:30PM: Fund Schools Not Wall Street at City Hall (15th and Market) to demand Wells Fargo pay their fair share back to the Philadelphia Schools -- RSVP: http://bit.ly/FundSchoolsNotWallSt

4PM: Education Not Deportations at School District of Philadelphia (meet inside 440 N Broad) to demand Philadelphia schools become solidarity spaces against deportations, racism and bullying -- RSVP: http://bit.ly/EducationNotDeportation


Friday, 1/20 4pm: The People's Inauguration/La Inauguracion del Pueblo (The Liberty Bell- 6th and Market):

JOIN US AS WE TAKE A COLLECTIVE OATH TO DEFEND EVERYONE IN OUR COMMUNITY. Diferent groups are planning to march and join as one at Liberty Bell for a Collective Oath. If your group is planning to march, please organize so we can all come together at 4pm. Lets show how are we coming together to push back!



Tuesday, 1/24 6-7:30pm: Councilwoman Helen Gym's Education Town Hall on Supporting Philly Immigrant Students (Community College of Philadelphia Bonnell Building- 1700 Spring Garden):

On January 24th, City Council, the School District of Philadelphia, the Faculty and Staff Federation of Community College of Philadelphia,The Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC), and the United Voices for Philadelphia will host a Town Hall to discuss the needs of immigrant students as well as budget priorities to support these communities.  

PS. Starting on January 23rd, Working Educators is also kicking off the Philly Education Black Lives Matter Week of Action! Join us for a kick-off Happy Hour to get info and resources this Weds, 1/18.