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Center City: Four Groups Organize LOVE Park Rally Against Transgender Discrimination

Center City: Four Groups Organize LOVE Park Rally Against Transgender Discrimination

Chants of, “Stand up! Fight back!” echoed throughout LOVE Park on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Hundreds gathered to vocalize their concerns about recent threats to transgender civil rights and to show support for the transgender community. The Rally for Trans Existence and Resistance, hosted by the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs, Trans Equity Project, ACLU PA […]

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City Hall: POWER Urges City Council To Raise Minimum Wage To $15 Per Hour

City Hall: POWER Urges City Council To Raise Minimum Wage To $15 Per Hour

Members of the Philadelphia POWER community (pictured above) gathered at City Hall council chambers to voice their concerns and support the introduction of living wage legislation on Thursday, Sept. 27. The measure, if approved, will raise the minimum wage for city contract and subcontract workers under the Philadelphia 21st century minimum wage and benefits standard. […]

 

Immigration: Councilwoman Helen Gym Calls For Reform, Reflects On City’s Progress

Immigration: Councilwoman Helen Gym Calls For Reform, Reflects On City’s Progress

As the daughter of immigrants, Councilwoman Helen Gym has dedicated much of her time in public service as an at-large member of Philadelphia City Council to advocating for the city’s immigrant and refugee communities. Gym is a former teacher and organizer, notably having worked at Asian-Americans United. She is also the first Asian-American woman to […]

 

Immigration: Councilman Mark Squilla Helps Serve Immigrant Communities

Immigration: Councilman Mark Squilla Helps Serve Immigrant Communities

Councilman Mark Squilla is the councilman for the First District in Philadelphia City Council. Squilla is the representative for several Philadelphia neighborhoods such as Chinatown, Kensington, Bella Vista, Northern Liberties, Fishtown and Port Richmond. A native of South Philadelphia, Squilla has been engaged in public service for close to 30 years, serving on the Philadelphia Democratic […]

 

Latinx: The 197th District Elects Their First Dominican-American State Rep. Candidate

Latinx: The 197th District Elects Their First Dominican-American State Rep. Candidate

Danilo Burgos, former aide to Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez and Councilman Allan Domb, became the 197th District’s first Dominican-American State Representative candidate after defeating incumbent Rep. Emilio Vazquez and CEO of Pan-American Mental Health Services Fred Ramirez in the primary election this past May 15. Burgos, a democrat, will run unopposed in the November general election as there […]

 

Politics: Women Leading Charge on Reentry in Philadelphia

Politics: Women Leading Charge on Reentry in Philadelphia

Ask Sisters Returning Home founder Peggy Sims (below) why women are the leaders in reentry in the city and she will say that it’s because they believe in their fights. And often those fights are for women who are returning to their communities after incarceration. Sims is just one of the female leaders in organizations including Pennsylvania […]

 

City Hall: Former Obama Administration Employee Brings Leadership Skills to District Attorney’s Office

City Hall: Former Obama Administration Employee Brings Leadership Skills to District Attorney’s Office

Robert Listenbee was lucky to have two supportive moms while growing up in the projects of Michigan. He had his biological mother, who was African American, and his “white mom,” a woman by the name of Hazel Persons. Persons’ primary role was as Listenbee’s high school activities director but she quickly became his chief motivator. […]

 

Politics: Union Workers Celebrate Labor Amid Potential Crisis

Politics: Union Workers Celebrate Labor Amid Potential Crisis

To commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King’s sanitation worker’s protest, union members across Pennsylvania gathered recently near City Hall to participate in Working People’s Day of Action. But while organizers celebrated, U.S. Supreme Court is deliberating on a case that could substantially impact those very unions. In February, the court heard arguments for Janus v. American Federation of […]

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Center City: Michael Meehan Approaches The One Year Anniversary As Chairman Of The Philly GOP

Center City: Michael Meehan Approaches The One Year Anniversary As Chairman Of The Philly GOP

Michael Meehan‘s first experience with the Philadelphia GOP was riding along with his father as they drove to various political events. His father served for 30 years as the general council for the Republican City Committee, a position Meehan assumed in 1994 after his father’s death. Meehan’s grandfather served as a Republican party official in the […]

 

Politics: TAP’s Impact on Foster Care Parents in the City

Politics: TAP’s Impact on Foster Care Parents in the City

Already parents of one son, Phyllis and Derek Stevens wanted to grow their family. The couple had space in their hearts and their home for more children, so they became foster parents. Like other new foster parents, they weren’t aware of the variety of resources beyond their case manager’s services that were available to these […]

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