Religious congregations to offer immigrants sanctuary

Rabbi Linda Holtzman of the Jewish community group, Tikkun Olam Chavurah, in her West Mount Airy home on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. The Jewish group and a South Philly church are part of the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia that will be offering sanctuary to an undocumented immigrant (and his/her family) who is defying a federal deportation order and refusing to leave the country. ( Photo by Yong Kim / Daily News Staff Photographer)

By Julie Shaw (Philly Daily News)

A SOUTH Philadelphia church and a Mount Airy Jewish community group will offer sanctuary to undocumented immigrants as part of a nationwide civil act of disobedience in response to President Obama’s inaction on immigration reform.

Each congregation will open its doors to house an undocumented immigrant – who will be defying a federal deportation order – and his or her family.

This act of civil disobedience is part of a National Day of Action, said Peter Pedemonti, director of the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia, which will hold a news conference today at the Philadelphia Praise Center, on McKean Street near 17th.

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About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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