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image001The Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC) represents the needs of immigrants, migrants, refugees and other new Americans living in Pennsylvania to policy makers, public officials, and the general public. The organization helps to educate the public and develop support for fair policies that welcome and sustain immigrants. Michele Berrios, Vendor Procurement Manager and Dominika Weston, Senior Sourcing Specialist, attended the event, on Wednesday, October 19th, held at the Asian Arts Initiative, at 1219 Vine Street in Philadelphia. PICC highlighted the work of local leaders across Pennsylvania who encourage participation of immigrant and refugee communities in civic life through language access, voter engagement, and community education. The event featured a photographic exhibition of immigrant experiences by Philadelphia-based photographer, Harvey Finkle*. A delicious multi-cultural buffet by immigrant entrepreneurs Cristina Martinez, owner of South Philly Barbacoa, and Ange Branca, owner of Saté Kampar, was topic of conversation. The Mexican and Malaysian eateries are located in South Philadelphia.

Honorable Pedro A. Cortés, Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, was the keynote speaker.  Nina Ahmad, Ph.D., Philadelphia Deputy Mayor for Public Engagement,was the evening’s honoree. PICC presented a Community Leader Award to Lorena Alvarez from the Centro de Apoyo Comunitario in Upper Darby and a Youth Leader Award to Erick Perez from the Juntos organization.

Representatives from CHOP, Einstein Center, Jefferson Hospital, The Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Catholic Social Services Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Community Legal Services, Health Federation of Philadelphia, Occupational Safety and Health, joined in the festivities, many of whom are long-time customers of LSA.

Stay tuned for future events hosted by The Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition as LSA will continue supporting their mission to help others.

*Harvey Finkle Photography: “Images of Peace and Justice” — An Interview with Harvey Finkle.