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How can Philadelphia become a true Sanctuary City? To connect various forms of sanctuary, including LGBTQ safe-spaces, immigration and migration, youth and adult street homelessness, and harm reduction in drug use and sex work, the group has created a traveling pod, created by Traction Company, that will live with various community partners between mid-April to mid-June. Taking the shape of a geodesic dome that one can enter as well as transport, the structure is meant to hold and inspire multiple forms of storytelling and story-gathering - audio, drawn, written, private, public. While these sites are active, a new program developed from the Sanctuary working group, “Sanctuary Stewards,” will train at these locations, collectively developing vision and knowledge on how intersectional sanctuary can be offered and received.

These stories will be curated into a 30’ geodesic dome that will serve as a forum to discuss, ideate, dream, and collectively imagine sanctuary in Philadelphia from mid-June to mid-July. The site will be hosted by the Sanctuary Stewards, who will welcome guests into the space and maintain it. Additionally, the Sanctuary working group will host regular programs including film screenings, public forums on sanctuary and safe space, and storytelling and related art workshops. Within the space there will be areas to rest, have a conversation, and collect materials on sanctuary related services available throughout the city.

Community Partners include:
The Attic Youth Center
Project SAFE
Prevention Point
Laos in the House
New Sanctuary Movement
Broad Street Ministry
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