Mazzoni Joins with Legal Community Partners on 'Take Action Philly' Initiative
Mazzoni Center is proud to be one of the organizations partnering with the Philadelphia Bar Association in forming Take Action Philly (TAP), a new initiative bringing together Philadelphia lawyers, government agencies, community organizations, and residents to work together to protect some of the city’s most vulnerable residents.
The first event for this new initiative will be a convening to discuss Immigrant and Refugee Policy, including the recent executive order banning immigrants from seven majority Arab or Muslim countries, as well as potential federal and state legislation threatening to defund sanctuary cities, of which Philadelphia is one. Mayor Jim Kenney has been a fervent defender of Philly’s sanctuary city status – meaning it won’t share information with federal immigration authorities about undocumented immigrants in the city without being provided with a warrant. In the wake of widespread raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents last week, it is important to collaborate on how to support our immigrant and refugee neighbors who now be living in fear of these risks.
“The LGBTQ community includes immigrants and refugees, and we know painfully well the damage inflicted by official policies aimed at people based on stereotypes about their identity,” Mazzoni Center Legal and Public Policy Director Thomas Ude, Jr., said. “We’re proud of our Philadelphia legal community, and grateful to be part of this important collaborative effort. Working together, we can develop and provide the legal tools and resources necessary to protect the rights of all Philadelphians, particularly those individuals and communities facing renewed and invidious threats as a matter of official policy.”
The event will be held on Friday, February 24 from 2-5 pm in the Loews Hotel in the Millennium Ballroom. There will be information on how lawyers, and all Philadelphians, can take action to help and protect the city’s immigrant and refugee community. It is free and open to the public, but online registration is required.
Other partnering organizations in Take Action Philly include: American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, American Immigration Lawyers Association, City of Philadelphia, City of Philadelphia Office of Immigrant Affairs, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Nationalities Service Center, and Public Interest Law Center.