Building Resident Power! Sept 16-17 South Philly Neighborhood Summit

On September 16 and 17, SEAMAAC along with Friends of Mifflin Square Park, Greater Philadelphia Community Alliance, Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia, and Karen Community of Philadelphia will host the 2022 South Philly Neighborhood Summit, two days of celebrations, discussions, and work sessions on the theme of “Building Resident Power!” for all residents living between 4th and 9th Streets from Mifflin Street to Oregon Avenue. 

On Friday, September 16, from 5 to 7 pm, Neighborhood Storytelling & Performance will be held in Mifflin Square Park at 6th and Ritner Streets, featuring residents sharing their stories of growing up around the park and how they became active in the community.

On Saturday, September 17, from 10 am to 5:40 pm, a series of public conversations and work sessions at Snyder Avenue Congregational Church (300 Snyder Avenue near 3rd St) will focus on how neighborhood organizations and residents can work together to implement the recommendations of Our Plan for Our Neighborhood: Community Plan for South Philadelphia between 4th and 9th Streets, Mifflin Street to Oregon Avenue. This neighborhood plan was completed between 2020 and 2022 by coalition organizations supported by HECTOR urban design, and includes recommendations for Building Resident Power; A Safe, Clean & Healthy Environment; Houses & Apartments; Business & Shopping; Parks & Community Institutions; and Getting Around.

Residents are requested to register in order to attend at this link, by calling (347) 719 1488, or sending an email

Free and open to all.
Masks required unless accommodate requested.
Refreshments will be served.
Learn more about this and other events and initiatives at http://www.MifflinSquarePlan.org.

Neighborhood Summit organized by SEAMAAC and Resident Conveners Erme Maula & Rex Yin, and supported by Harvard Loeb Fellowship Alumni Association.

Agenda

Friday, Sept 16, 5–7 pm
Mifflin Square Park, 6th St & Ritner
South Philly Storytelling & Performances

Saturday, Sept 17, 10 am–5:40 pm
Snyder Ave Congregational Church
300 Snyder Ave near 3rd St

10-11 am Opening Discussion

11:30 am–1 pm Work Sessions
+ Thriving Local Businesses & Safe Streets
+ Parks & Greening Our Neighborhood

2:15-3:45 pm Work Sessions 
+ Affordable Housing & Organizing Against Displacement
+ Building & Organizing Resident Power

4–5:40 pm Closing Discussion

Learn more

Our Plan for Our Neighborhood

Working in coalition means planning ahead for how we will show up for each other.
Dr. Mindy Fullilove

In 2021, Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia, Friends of Mifflin Square Park, Karen Community of Philadelphia, Garces Foundation, SEAMAAC, and Greater Philadelphia Community Alliance worked with residents, Registered Community Organizations, and government agencies to create Our Plan for Our Neighborhood: Community Plan for South East Philadelphia between 4th and 9th Streets, Mifflin Street to Oregon Avenue.

Our Coalition uses this plan to (1) keep organizations coordinated, (2) inform and organize residents, (3) show government, investors, new residents and others what we want; and (4) Attract funding and support.

Together we have already:

We’re close to completing our planning process for now, and want to get all residents and groups aware and involved! Here’s how you can help get that done:

  1. Pick up and share a neighborhood newspaper!

This 24–page newspaper includes information and neighborhood goals for all areas of the community plan in English, Spanish, Khmer, Burmese, Nepali, and Chinese.

Find copies of Our Plan for Our Neighborhood newspaper at your favorite South 7th Street business, or request a copy by email or calling (267) 536 9846. You can also see and download a digital version.

2. Read the Community Plan booklet & watch a presentation by coalition groups

The neighborhood plan booklet includes even more detail than the neighborhood newspaper on our analysis of existing conditions, notes from Neighborhood Conversations, and our coalition’s future goals.

Watch a Neighborhood Plan Update originally broadcast on July 19, 2022 from community organizations including Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia, Friends of Mifflin Square Park, Greater Philadelphia Community Alliance, and SEAMAAC.

Barnes Summer Programming At Mifflin Square Park

The Barnes Foundation will be in Mifflin Square Park on Wednesdays from 11:00am to 1:00pm and Ford PAL on Thursdays at the same time from July 7th to August 11th. They will be bringing a teaching artist to perform original plays inspired by some popular kids’ books. They’ll also have art activities and art kits to hand out to kids! Ideal ages are from 2-5 years old with their families. Come out to the park and enjoy the summer!

First Six Neighborhood Conversations Complete!

Throughout March and April, nearly 100 neighborhood residents joined SEAMAAC, the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia, the Friends of Mifflin Square Park, the Garces Foundation, the Karen Community of Philadelphia, and many community members of the Neighborhoods Plan Steering Committee to discuss what was most important to them about the neighborhood and how we can work as a coalition of community groups to improve our neighborhood! These virtual conversations will shape the Draft Neighborhoods Plan set to be completed over the summer.

Between these meetings and the initial neighborhood survey, nearly 500 neighbors from across the community have come together to shape a vision for the neighborhood! Notes from these meetings will be shared on this website soon. Stay tuned to this website for future conversations to shape this Neighborhoods Plan!


Karen neighbors participated in a Karen language neighborhood conversation hosted by the Karen Community of Philadelphia on March 18th.

Neighbors joined a meeting in Spanish, Khmer, English, and Nepali hosted by the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia both virtually and in person to discuss the neighborhoods plan on April 16th.


Neighbors joined a meeting hosted by SEAMAAC on April 6th to discuss the neighborhoods plan.
Neighbors joined a Spanish language meeting hosted by the Garces Foundation to discuss what should go in the neighborhoods plan on March 31st.

Join a Neighborhood Conversation!

Several neighborhood groups have already hosted neighborhood conversations! Dozens of residents have joined the Karen Community of Philadelphia, the Friends of Mifflin Square Park, the Garces Foundation, and SEAMAAC in discussions. There are still two more conversations scheduled: One on April 16th hosted by the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia and one on April 20th hosted by SEAMAAC. You can sign up at the emails below and if you or your neighbors are interested in hosting an additional conversation, please reach out to msp@seamaac.org or call 267-536-9846.

Learn more about how to get involved here and if you have attended a neighborhood conversation or would like to comment on what actions and advocacy issues the plan should focus on, be sure to fill out the Neighborhood Conversations Comments form!