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We Are From Hazleton: A Baseball Celebrity Helps Bring His Divided Pennsylvania Hometown Together

by Chris Echegaray & Susan Eaton
Hazleton, Pennsylvania

Many municipalities have community centers. An increasing number of cities have even opened immigrant welcome centers in recent years. But Hazleton ONE is something else entirely.

“This is not a place that is only for immigrants. And it is not just an open gym either. The very explicit goal of this place and of this effort is clear: It is to bring two currently much separated communities together,” said Bob Curry, the Hazleton Integration Project’s board president. “Yes, we will provide particular services. But the larger mission of integration will guide us in everything that we do. Services are one thing. Integration is quite another. . . . It’s a longer range goal.”

With photographs by Emma Lee

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To read a shorter version of this story that appeared in America’s Wire, click here.

Documents, Links and Related News

Hazleton Integration Project
Immigration Policy Center: New Americans in Pennsylvania
Hazleton One Community Center Now Open

Related Research

Longazel, Jamie. "Neoliberalism, Community Development, and Anti-Immigrant Backlash in Hazleton, Pennsylvania." Taking Local Control: Immigration Policy Activism in U.S. Cities and States, edited by M. Varsanyi. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press (2010, with Benjamin Fleury-Steiner)