A historic, exciting transformation is occurring in this unique neighborhood, South Philadelphia, the original destiny for immigrants arriving in this city during the last decades of the 19th century and early 20th century. This diminishing population of descendants of European immigrants from over a century ago are being replaced today by immigrants from a variety of other countries, but bringing the same energy, values and hopes brought by their predecessors a century ago. As a Jewish community that some once estimated at a quarter million evaporated and the Italian community slowly shrinks, they are being replaced by Indochinese from Cambodian, Vietnam and Laos; by Indonesians of both Christian and Muslim faiths; by Mexicans and most recently by refugees from Nepal and Burma.
PEOPLE’S MOVEMENT ASSEMBLY
Re-Visioning the Constitution to Serve The People
Aug 9, 2014
In Philadelphia, Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) and Disabled in Action (DIA) have teamed up to anchor the planning for the 2015 U.S. Social Forum polycentric site. Addressing Philadelphia’s history as the original namesake of the Constitutional Convention, we kicked off the community outreach with a Peoples’ Movement Assembly in August that focused on the U.S. Constitution, discussing its original intentions and how it was never designed to include the most affected—including women and people of color— but was always meant to be a document that protected property rights.
On Thursday, May 22nd we demanded that the 19 workers from Kensington who painted St Ives Apartments in the northeast were paid their hard earned wages. They painted every room and closets on several units of a huge complex but when it came time to be paid for their work, they became victims of wage theft. Due to this, people were unable to pay their bills, keep their electric on, or even attend a friends funeral. In the end with everyone’s support we were able to win back the wages of all 19 workers! Thank you to all who supported us!