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Immigration: Philadelphia Embraces Refugee Resettlement

Immigration: Philadelphia Embraces Refugee Resettlement

In response to President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to end the country’s refugee resettlement program shortly after taking office, Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney signed an open letter requesting President Barack Obama and his administration to continue to protect immigrants, including those whose home countries are too unsafe to return to. In compliance with Governor Tom Wolf’s statement in 2015 […]

 

Politics: Philadelphia Works to Promote the Cannabis Industry

Politics: Philadelphia Works to Promote the Cannabis Industry

With medical marijuana now legal in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia business leaders and entrepreneurs are looking to get involved in the cannabis industry. Many who are new to the industry may seek the assistance of business accelerators, such as Greenhouse Ventures. Greenhouse Ventures is a Philadelphia based company that helps people start their cannabis businesses, primarily on […]

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Politics: Councilwoman Brown Shows Service and Activism in the Community

Politics: Councilwoman Brown Shows Service and Activism in the Community

It was shortly after 11 o’clock on a brisk Friday morning in North Philadelphia. Folks at the Martin Luther King Jr. Senior Center at the corner of 21st Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue were carefully listening to safety tips from city officials at the center’s annual Senior Citizen Expo. Front-and-center stood Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, […]

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Politics: Hillary for America Campus Organizers Work to Mobilize College Student Votes

Politics: Hillary for America Campus Organizers Work to Mobilize College Student Votes

The Millennial generation makes up about 31 percent of the voting population for this upcoming election. For this current election cycle both the Republican candidate, Donald Trump, and the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, have voiced their platforms to Millennials as a method to mobilize their vote with the generation. A portion of this demographic has yet […]

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City Hall: A Closer Look at Councilman Derek Green

City Hall: A Closer Look at Councilman Derek Green

Derek S. Green is now a councilman-at-large member. Green has been in the position since January 2016 after having won both the 2015 primary and general elections. Green is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Temple University School of Law. Before his involvement with Philadelphia politics, he practiced law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. […]

 

City Hall: Philadelphia Provides Adult Educational Opportunities

City Hall: Philadelphia Provides Adult Educational Opportunities

The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy was created in 1983 under an executive order. Its original purpose was to teach adults reading, writing and mathematics. Since then, the commission has expanded to also teach digital literacy and English as a second language. Last month, Mayor Jim Kenney issued a new executive order officially changing the commission’s name […]

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City Hall: Five Things To Know About Sheila Hess

City Hall: Five Things To Know About Sheila Hess

In January 2016, Jim Kenney transitioned from his 23-year-run in Philadelphia’s City Council to become the 99th Mayor of the city. One of Mayor Kenney’s tasks is to ensure that the city is filled with energy, fresh new ideas and exciting events. In order to meet those standards, Mayor Kenney appointed Sheila Hess as the […]

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City Hall: Eight Statues That Help Tell The History of Philadelphia

City Hall: Eight Statues That Help Tell The History of Philadelphia

The plazas surrounding City Hall are enriched with iconic statues. From the 37-foot-tall monument of William Penn at the top of the building to the smaller statues scattered around the base of the structure, these figures are meant to memorialize the lives and accomplishments of Philadelphians of past eras. Locals and tourists hustle through their […]

 

Politics: Groups Work to Register Philadelphia Voters Ahead of Election

Politics: Groups Work to Register Philadelphia Voters Ahead of Election

Perhaps no one in Philadelphia has Oct. 11 marked on their calendar more than Gregory Irving. The voter registration deadline is one of many that Irving has faced over nearly 29 years working in the city’s Voting Registration Office. But this year is a bit different. For many Americans, the Nov. 8 election featuring candidates Hillary Clinton […]

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City Hall: Staffer’s Memorable Moments Include Paul Newman, Failed Grand Prix

City Hall: Staffer’s Memorable Moments Include Paul Newman, Failed Grand Prix

After serving 17 years in City Hall, Donald Tippett has just about seen it all. From working for Councilman Frank Rizzo Jr. to his role as office manager for Councilman David Oh, he said he’s learned a lot. He knows a lot about Philadelphia politics, and acknowledged his work has brought him some great opportunities. […]

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