We are excited to invite you to the fourth annual Statewide Immigrant and Refugee Rights Convening!
June 9-10, 2019
Hilton Harrisburg, Harrisburg PA
As we continue to face an extreme anti-immigrant agenda at the federal level, it is more important than ever to build local coalitions and partnerships to defend our communities and fight for the policies we need.
This Convening will bring together members of the immigrant and refugee communities, grassroots organizations, advocates, and allies from across Pennsylvania, and will include workshops, networking sessions, and opportunities to meet with legislators to educate them on issues important to immigrant and refugee communities.
Topics to be covered include:
- How to create local immigrant bail funds
- Building political and electoral power for immigrant and refugee communities
- Strategies to fight for pro-immigrant policies like tuition equity and access to driver’s licenses for all in challenging political times
- Community-based strategies to resist and defend against increased enforcement
2019 PICC Community Leader Awards
2019 PICC Community Leader Award: Wei Chen, Asian Americans United (AAU)
Wei arrived in the U.S when he was 15 years old to face racism and anti-immigrant discrimination. In 2008 and 2009 Wei Chen was one of the leaders of the South Philadelphia High student organizing, whose anti-bias and racial healing work during that struggle has won national acclaim. He helped form the South Philadelphia High Chinese Student Association and eventually led a major boycott of the school for more than eight days following persistent anti-Asian/anti-immigrant harassment. Wei works at Asian Americans United as a youth organizer and civic engagement coordinator. In 2014, Wei founded Chinatown Vote. He is on the Board of Victim/Witness Services of South Philadelphia. He was one of ten people nationally awarded a Peace First Prize fellowship to continue his organizing addressing bias harassment. In 2015, he was appointed by Mayor of Philadelphia to serve as Commissioner of Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations.
2019 PICC Youth Leader Award: Julissa Morales, Movement of Immigrant Leaders in PA (MILPA)
Julissa and her parents joined MILPA in 2014, and at the young age of 12 years old read in front of the main capitol steps a self-written speech regarding the need of a driver’s license issuance for her parents. To recognize her is to recognize her parents, who have given their volunteer time to advance immigrant rights. Julissa over the years has developed the leadership skills of a youth member and is now part of the Harrisburg City Youth Council. She has connected to other youth community members to advance for immigrant rights, to be always a helping hand and be the change in the community. She participated in painting the mural “Familias Separadas” in Harrisburg along with her mother. Julissa is a graduate of LHACC’s Youth Listo Program. She is a sweet, driven youth member that seeks to help in the common cause of others.
- General Attendance: $110.00
- General Attendance – Sunday Only: $90.00
- PICC Member Rate (includes all staff & volunteers of PICC member organizations): $80.00
- Community Member/Youth Rate: $45.00
- Advocacy Day Only: $20.00
All tickets include admission for events and meals.
Group Registration: If your community-based organization is interested in bringing a group (5+), you can register online, or contact us directly: Prudence Powell at email@example.com or 215-832-3481.
Scholarships: PICC will be offering a limited number of scholarships to assist with travel and lodging costs to ensure everyone is able to attend regardless of economic status. Please apply by May 9, 2019.
Hotel Reservations: The 2019 Convening will be held at the Harrisburg Hilton just blocks from the State Capitol. The hotel is offering a discounted rate for convening participants for both Saturday and Sunday nights. Please place your reservations online using the code “CITZ”.
We will be updating this page as we confirm workshops and speakers.