2010 Events




5/26/10 Reform for Immigration America Rally

Since the passage of Arizona’s “breathing while Latino” law, SB 1070, ten other states introduced similar legislation, including Pennsylvania, where Rep. Metcalfe has introduced the anti-immigrant HB 2479.


Meanwhile, grassroots and political pressure mounted for action on immigration reform in Congress.  A rally was organized in Philadelphia on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 to stand against these racist policies and call on President Obama to deliver of his promise of Comprehensive Immigration Reform.


Participants met at 11:30 AM at 5th & Market to rally in front of the Constitution Center, followed by a march through Center City. More info:  philadelphia-immigration-reform@googlegroups.com


Supporters were encouraged to take action by calling President Obama for his leadership in the push for immigration reform. They were provided with Toll Free Phone Nos:  English: 866-956-8590  Spanish: 866-584-3906.




6/25-26/2010 Center for Progressive Leadership, New Leaders Program Training

The New Leaders Program works to change the face of tomorrow’s political leadership by connecting diverse college students and other young leaders from across the country with paid internships and entry level positions in progressive organizations. By identifying talented and diverse youth leaders who are passionate about creating social justice and equality, the New Leaders Program is working to diversify the staff of progressive organizations and promote the value of youth leadership.




7/10/2010 Non Direct Resistance Training

On July 10, 2010, Judi and 3 people organized a non-violent resistance rally for immigration reform. The event, which had more than 50 people in attendance, was held at 1515 Fairmont Ave Project Home. Attendees were trained in messaging, non-violent resistance, and creating effective campaigns.


7/12/10 Geno’s Steaks

“Where are your families from?”

In response to Hazleton Mayor’s appearance at Geno’s Steak on July 12, 2010 evening, hundreds of peaceful protestors gathered to keep Philadelphia immigrant-friendly. Other noted national anti-immigrant dignitaries present were Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer; Arizona State Sen. Russel Pearce, who authored the state’s controversial immigration bill; Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and Pennsylvania state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, who supported a similar law for Pennsylvania. Joey Vento, owner of Geno’s Steaks, located in the multi-ethnic South Philly neighborhood is well-known for his outspoken opinions. The Big Talker 1210 AM radio ran a live remote broadcast as tempers flared.


7/27/10 Diamondbacks vs. Phillies

On Tuesday, July 27, 2010, immigrant rights activists rallied outside the Philadelphia Phillies vs. Arizona Diamondback game to call attention to the contributions of immigrants to our national pastime.  There are over 1,500 foreign born players in the major leagues, lucky enough to come to the US on work visas. Giant banners were made, listing all of these players to recognize them for their contributions.  At the rally, activists encouraged fans to honor the contributions of all immigrants, and take a stand against anti-immigrant policies in Arizona and Pennsylvania.  Activists met at the 3rd base entrance at 11th at Pattison at 6pm on Tuesday July 27th. [Click here to read the flier] Activists who were able to participate in the banner making met up at Annunciation Church in South Philadelphia, 10th & Dickenson, this Thursday, July 22nd, from 6-9 pm.


7/29/10 Welcome New Immigrants, With Love Philadelphia

Judi Rhee Alloway attended “Welcome New Immigrants, With Love Philadelphia” with Mayor Nutter, State Sen. Leach, State Rep. Joseph, and State Rep. Payton on Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 11 AM [Click here to read the flier]. People gathered at Welcome Park in Philadelphia to call for policies that welcome everyone to the City of Brotherly Love on the day Arizona’s anti-immigrant legislation was set to take effect to support pro-immigrant policies at the city, state, and federal level.  A march around the block to the US Customs House followed the rally to unroll a giant welcome mat.


8/14/10 WIN! Diversity Leadership Conference:

Judi Rhee Alloway emceed WIN! Community Reception.  Featured Speaker, Angela Oh, President Clinton’s Initiative on Race, and former Executive Director, Western Justice Center Foundation.



8/30/10 Day of Action Against Deportation

On Monday, August 8, 2010 from 4-7 PM, Judi Rhee Alloway and thirty other individuals led a non-violent resistance rally against deportation. The event located on Market Street between 5th and 6th Street by the Independence Mall in Philadelphia.This event had Information Booths, Educational Materials, Short Film Screenings as well as a Special Performance by AZI, Philly’s own Cambodian-American Hip Hop Group, and a variety of Speakers including Affected Family Members, Community Leaders, and Philly and DC Advocates


Read more about the event here.


9/15/10 Speak Out Against Deportations

Many people came out with Judi Rhee Alloway to speak out against unjust deportations. In this non-violent resistance rally, Judi and many others went to Love Park in Philadelphia, PA to spread awareness about deportation and how it affects families in the area.


9/27/10 Diversity Leadership Conference

About 150 members of the National Association of Asian American ProfessionalsMicrosoft’s executives and diversity employee resource groups, and people from diverse communities joined us for an one-day Diversity Leadership Conference in Seattle, WA sponsored by Microsoft and Clear Channel Outdoor focused on the challenges that multicultural women face in the workplace.


At our inaugural conference in Atlanta at UPS with a Sokenbicha tea break sponsored by Coca-Cola and community reception sponsored by Macy’s, 150 attendees participated in our professional and personal tracks, including leadership panel, celebrity makeup artist tips, and feng shui for success. Plus we had a special guest speaker from the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders!



9/29/2010 Dream Activist Rally: Five deported DREAMers will attempt to cross the border.

Lizbeth Mateo, Marco Saavedra and Lulu Martinez, undocumented activists who left this week to Mexico in order to test the Obama Administration’s policy on deported immigrants, will join the DREAMers. All of the students will be asking the Obama Administration to grant discretion and to allow them to return home. In Philadelphia, we will rally to support these brave youth and urge President Obama to help bring them home. Will you join us?


On September 29th, 2010 many individuals came together to support DREAMers at a non-violent rally at the University of Pennsylvania. There is a rally every year in Philadelphia raising awareness about this cause. If you are interested in finding out more information, click here.



10/8/10 One Love Movement Rally at City Hall and Love Park:

Born out of a deportation crisis in the Cambodian-American community in Philly during the Fall of 2010, 1Love has grown and is now:


A national network of grassroots Asian American organizers that unites communities to organize for power, so families can protect their human rights and live together with dignity.


1Love Movement organizes communities through four points of grassroots action:


  1. Leadership Development
  2. Coalition Building
  3. Policy Advocacy
  4. Political Education


(Photos already credited in link, )



10/12/10 Domestic Violence Dinner Sen. Shirley M. Kitchen:

This event, which was covered by 6ABC News and hosted by Sen. Shirley Kitchen raised awareness for domestic violence. This event also allowed women who were victims of abuse themselves to speak with other women who may have gone through the same experience.

Website: http://www.senatorkitchen.com


10/13/10 Immigration Meeting with City Council Members:

On October 13, 2010 Judi Rhee Alloway attended a meeting at City Hall to discuss immigration and immigration reform. The meeting was held at City Hall Caucus Room 401.



10/26/10 Mayor’s Commission on Asian American Affairs meeting: On October 26, 2010 Judi Rhee Alloway met with twenty five commissioners for a general meeting to discuss what they were doing for 2011, website development, and creating infrastructure for the Asian-American community.




11/2/10 Get out the Vote! Election Day:

On November 2, 2010, Judi recruited a team of enthusiastic individuals to help inspire others to vote. She also organized phone banking, and canvassing for the bipartisan effort for Manan Trivedi for Congressional District in 2010 (CR-PA6)


11/3/10 Asian Pacific Americans for Progress Meeting:

APAP is a national network of progressive Asian Americans and allies. We count on the support of our members and friends to continue our work of advancing progressive ideas. On November 3, 2010, Judi met with members of APAP to discuss issues in the Philadelphia Asian American community.



11/4/10 The View: Judi traveled to New York City to attend a tapping of The View and was chosen from the audience to do a Mid-Break announcement letting viewers know they’d be right back.



11/9/10 Congratulated by President Obama on an AAPI phone call for 2010 Election Team leaders.



11/13/10 CPL New Leaders Program for Training: On November 13, 2010 Judi led a training for the program on collaborative leadership. This event was held at the Municipal Services Building located on 1401 JFK Blvd on the 16th floor.



11/19/10 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services:

During this Flag Raising and Naturalization Ceremony, about 20 new flags added to Ben Franklin Parkway: Angola, Bangladesh, Belarus, Botswana, Bulgaria, Cambodia, El Salvador, Fiji, Georgia, Indonesia, Kuwait, Nepal, Oman, Qatar, St. Vincent & Grenadines, St. Kitts & Nevis, Senegal, Tanzania, and Trinidad & Tobago.




12/7/10 Interview with Suzette Standring: Judi was interviewed by Huffington Post columnist, Suzette Standring who interviewed her for her book titled “Height of Power: Petite and Powerful”.



12/13/10 9500 Liberty Screening and Immigration Panel:

Judi Rhee Alloway, Nina Ahmad, Chairwoman of Mayor’s Commision on Asian American Affairs, and Andy Toy, City Council candidate organized with this event was hosted by WHYY with special thanks to MTV. Following the screening, filmmaker Eric Byler and a panel of regional immigration experts participated in a discussion and Q&A session moderated by Stanley Straughter, Chair of the Mayor’s Commission on African and Carribean Affairs. Panelists included Domenic Vitiello, U of Penn Professor, City Planning & co-author of the Brookings Report on Immigration to Philadelphia; Cherylle Corpuz, Immigration Attorney, American Immigration Lawyers Association; Anne O’Callahan, Executive Director, The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians and Daylin Leach, Pennsylvania State Senator, 17th Senatorial District.



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