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West Philly: The House of Umoja Still Inspires the Community to End Gang Violence

West Philly: The House of Umoja Still Inspires the Community to End Gang Violence

Queen Mother Falaka Fattah, mother of Congressman Chaka Fattah, runs the House of Umoja, an organization that urges the community to help end gang violence among young people locally and nationally. Created in 1968, the organization then used the Imani Pact of 1974 to get 80 gangs to pledge peace. More than 40 years later, the peace […]

 

Mantua: Months After Flames Force Rescue, Home Still Stands Silent

Mantua: Months After Flames Force Rescue, Home Still Stands Silent

Some homes have been kept in the same family for generations, some have seen great tragedies like fire or flood, others are left vacant or forgotten and the rare few have been given a proper funeral before being torn down. Every house has a story and 3952 Aspen St. is no exception. On July 12, […]

 

Olney/West Oak Lane: Town Watch Promotes ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’

Olney/West Oak Lane: Town Watch Promotes ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’

Town Watch programs are used in cities in many different states. The main tenet of all Town Watch programs is, “Observe, Document and Report.” This is the simplest form of guidelines for people who are involved in this program. Eric Brice is the communications coordinator for the 35th District Town Watch. The 35th District is […]

 

Kensington: What Do You Want From The Next Mayor?

Kensington: What Do You Want From The Next Mayor?

With the Philadelphia mayoral election coming up, each section of the city has its own concerns and expectations about which candidate will take on the title. Philadelphia’s diversity shines through in many cases; however, elections do not tend to be one of those times. The city is primarily Democratic, which has been displayed in that […]

 

Walnut Hill: Community Association Encourages Residents to Stand Up and Be Heard by Voting

Walnut Hill: Community Association Encourages Residents to Stand Up and Be Heard by Voting

Walnut Hill Community Association President Horrace Patterson believes that the primary election and November general election could impact the community significantly. As president of the association for the past four years, Patterson finds that drugs, crime, cleanliness, schools, abandoned buildings and vacant lots are plaguing the community. “In my opinion, Mayor Nutter hasn’t done anything directly […]

 

Frankford: Residents Hope New Mayor Brings SEPTA and PPD Together

Frankford: Residents Hope New Mayor Brings SEPTA and PPD Together

Voices in Frankford have united, stating that crime is the primary concern for their neighborhood. Many believe the next mayor of Philadelphia has a responsibility to tackle the issue, even if they don’t agree on the best candidate for the position. “Hopefully the next mayor steps in and does something because it’s only gotten worse,” […]

 

Chestnut Hill: Lynne Abraham Stresses Education as Campaign’s Top Issue

Chestnut Hill: Lynne Abraham Stresses Education as Campaign’s Top Issue

“I want to encourage people who live in and around Philadelphia to do something that I think we don’t do enough of, and that’s being proud of your city and being a cheerleader and a booster,” mayoral candidate Lynne Abraham said. Abraham joined the race for mayor of Philadelphia in November after a long career […]

 

Mantua: One Year Later, Community Wonders if Promise Will Be Kept

Mantua: One Year Later, Community Wonders if Promise Will Be Kept

The White House designated part of West Philadelphia as one of five Promise Zones one year ago this January. The designation will last for another nine years, but while most organizations involved look positively on the first year, some Mantua residents are less impressed. With help from the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation grant, the Philadelphia police force and […]

 

North Philadelphia: PURP Leads Protest After Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

North Philadelphia: PURP Leads Protest After Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

On the evening of the grand jury’s decision in St. Louis to not bring charges against police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown in August, protests took place in cities across the United States. In Philadelphia, People Utilizing Real Power, which describes itself as “an all of the above activist organization based […]

 

Education: Justice Served by Students at Youth Court in Strawberry Mansion

Education: Justice Served by Students at Youth Court in Strawberry Mansion

Formerly known as one of the most persistently dangerous schools in the state, Strawberry Mansion High School has seen changes, some of which include the implementation of a U.S. Attorney-backed youth court. “Youth courts are an educational program. It teaches students about why you have laws, how rules are enforced and what the sanctions should […]