Our intrepid reporters attended this powerful event on Tuesday, January 24th, and discovered to our delight that Philly.com already wrote an excellent article about it.
Philadelphia City Councilwoman Helen Gym introduced the event – a forum for immigrant students and their supporters to tell their stories – and rallied the audience with the first of many inspirational quotes for the eventing: “No matter what is being said at the federal level, this is still our city!”
Various past and present students described their experiences in the Philadelphia school system, and made pleas for greater support from the District. Their concerns ranged from improved physical safety to the availability of translators and counselors, and the desire of parents to be able to volunteer in the schools — something they cannot currently do without a social security number. People also spoke of the need for psychological support for refugee children who were severely traumatized by horrific events in their home countries.
But students did not want to be seen as victims; repeatedly, speakers spoke of their skills, their potential, and their desire to grow personally, socially, academically, and politically. Just give us a little help, they all seemed to say. We have so much to give!
Read more on the event here.