Philadelphia, September 9, 2014– The City of Philadelphia announced that 2014 Multicultural Passport to PHL Week, a series of 45 events which highlights the cultures and contributions of all immigrant communities that have shaped Philadelphia’s rich history, will take place from September 14th through September 21st. The 2014 Multicultural Passport to PHL Week is organized by Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs (MOIMA) in coordination with National Welcoming Week, a project of Welcoming America.
“Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection, is a diverse, global, welcoming city that is strengthened by many different immigrant communities. Philadelphia is well known as an historic destination for immigrants seeking to come to America. This tradition remains strong today, and as a result, people from all around the world call this city home. Philadelphia is a better place because of the many cultures that are represented here,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “Multicultural Passport to PHL Week events are intended to foster understanding, respect and appreciation for all residents, communities and cultures in the City. Last year’s Multicultural Passport to PHL Week was a great success. I look forward to another dynamic week celebrating immigrant cultures and the impact immigrants have on Philadelphia.”
Jennifer Rodríguez, Executive Director of MOIMA, added, “We are very proud of what we accomplished last year. The goal of Multicultural Passport to PHL Week is to bring awareness to the contributions immigrant communities have on the city’s economic development as well as the many benefits of having a multicultural citizen base. Not only does diversity promote understanding of new perspectives, but it also brings aspects of other cultures and traditions such as clothing, food, art and music that we may otherwise not have experienced, thus increasing our cultural capital. We want to promote Philadelphia as a welcoming city where both newcomers and long-time residents have access to resources and opportunities.”
MOIMA worked in partnership with many organizations, including NBC10/Telemundo62, PHL Diversity, The Philadelphia Union, and PhillyCam to produce 2014 Multicultural Passport to PHL Week.
Multicultural Passport to PHL events include:
- Citizenship Day & Naturalization Ceremony. Immigrants from around the world will become citizens of the United States. The Naturalization Ceremony will feature keynote speaker Dr. Nina Ahmad, Chair of the Mayor’s Commission on Asian American Affairs;
- Storytelling: Change-Makers Across Borders- Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. King, and the Unlikely Flow of Ideas. South Asian American Digital Archive and The Welcoming Center present stories of transnational change-making in the United States and beyond, with a specific focus on peace;
- Lunchtime Multicultural Showcase at LOVE Park, a multicultural performance experience featuring artists from all over the world;
- Panel: Coming Out – Storytelling About Being Queer and/or Undocumented. Join Juntos and the Gay and Lesbian Latino Aids Education Initiative in a discussion about the parallels of being a member of the undocumented and LGBTQ communities.
- P3: Philadelphia Plays for Peace Soccer Tournament and Festival. MOIMA and a coalition of Philadelphia-based partners use soccer as a platform for integration and understanding with teams representing the world promoting peace, community engagement and competition;
For full details on these events and a complete list of all the events visit: www.xCulturalPassportPHL.com.
For more information about MOIMA visit: http://www.phila.gov/ima/