Religious Freedom

Throughout history many religions have been persecuted.  Members of the Jewish, Christian and Islamic faiths have all been persecuted or are currently being persecuted.  Philadelphia has long been seen as a symbol of independence and freedom.   The people of Philadelphia practice many faiths.  I selected this image because it shows the leader of one of the largest religions on earth in Philadelphia.  When Pope Francis came to Philadelphia in 2015, people of all religions in Philadelphia welcomed the Pope with open arms.  I know many people who are not practicing Catholics who participated in the event.  I feel that this image represents religious freedom in the United States because it shows a city coming together to welcome the head of a major religious sect, even if not all those welcoming the Pope were members of the Catholic faith. pope

Displacement and Resettlement


Throughout history there have always been people who were forced to flee their homes.  The United States has long been seen as a country of immigrants.  However, each time a group of people begins coming to the United States in large groups, it seems that some of the people whose ancestors had previously immigrated to the United States are resistant to the new groups of immigrants.  In the 1800’s and early 1900’s  some citizens of the United States resisted the Irish, German and Italians entering the United States en masse.  I selected this image because it shows one of the greatest struggles that a refugee encounters upon being resettled in the United States, being unwanted by some citizens in the United States.  Some citizens of the United States welcome refugees and immigrants with open arms while others resist refugees and immigrants entering to the United States.  Recently, the number of refugees that the United States will potentially admit per year has been lowered.  This image depicts a challenge that refugees and immigrants encounter, being unwanted and not trusted by some of the citizens of the United States.  Communities of refugees, and their supportive neighbors must work together to create a feeling of inclusion among those who live in refugee communities.  This helps to ensure that more refugees who are resettled in the community feel safe, at home and welcomed. 

The Journey Begins

Welcome to my blog!  I am Greg, a student at Thomas Jefferson University.  I currently reside in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  My blog documents some of the plights that immigrants, refugees and the internally displaced may encounter.  My blog also documents certain visions that may empower those immigrating or seeking asylum in a new country.  I feel that at this point in our history, it is important to show certain aspects of humanity that remind us that we are all human.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton