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West Philadelphia: Libraries “Plant A Seed” That Brings Success And Literacy For West Philly Children

West Philadelphia: Libraries “Plant A Seed” That Brings Success And Literacy For West Philly Children

Out of the 339 schools within the Philadelphia School District, only eight have full-time paid certified librarians. Louis Lozzi, a Philadelphia native and teacher said that the lack of library funding in the school system has been an issue since he began his teaching career 15 years ago. “I’m used to being in schools without […]

 

Grays Ferry: Vare Recreation Center Reopens But Still Needs Work

Grays Ferry: Vare Recreation Center Reopens But Still Needs Work

“Originally, we had no idea of when we were going to reopen,” said Gina Batavick, the recreational leader at Vare Recreation Center. “We had a community meeting the last week of October and they told us four to six weeks, so they’re basically on target for six weeks.” After being forced to close down due to […]

 

Immigration: Five Ways To Support Immigrant Communities

Immigration: Five Ways To Support Immigrant Communities

Given America’s current political climate regarding immigration, many immigrant communities may feel at risk or even targeted. In a so-called sanctuary city like Philadelphia, immigrants can become active and engaged in community organizing to educate themselves and others about their rights in America. Here are five active organizations that offer educational programs and events for immigrant communities. Asian Arts Initiative […]

 

Immigration: Artist Mobilizes Immigrant Communities For Social Justice

Immigration: Artist Mobilizes Immigrant Communities For Social Justice

Ten years ago, Michelle Angela Ortiz hoped to be where she is today – a successful visual artist, skilled muralist and community arts educator. For more than 18 years, Ortiz has been using art as a tool for communication between communities. Through painting, printmaking and community arts practices, Ortiz is able to share the narratives […]

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City Politics: Larry Krasner Campaigns For District Attorney In North Philadelphia, Kingsessing

City Politics: Larry Krasner Campaigns For District Attorney In North Philadelphia, Kingsessing

Nearing the end of his campaign for the November 7 election of new district attorney in Philadelphia, Larry Krasner doesn’t get a day off. The long-time defense attorney is recognized in Philadelphia and beyond as a man who has sued the city’s police department a whopping 75 times, representing individuals and groups including ACT UP, […]

 

City Politics: New Sanctuary Movement Responds To ICE “Safe City” Raids With Prayer

City Politics: New Sanctuary Movement Responds To ICE “Safe City” Raids With Prayer

New Sanctuary Movement, an interfaith immigrant justice organization, held a prayer vigil and Sukkot ritual outside of the Philadelphia offices of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Thursday, October 5, in response to what ICE has titled “Operation Safe City.” The operation targeted individuals in sanctuary cities across the United States, culminating in a […]

 

Bridesburg: Plan For Refurbishing Brownfields Awaits Next Step

Bridesburg: Plan For Refurbishing Brownfields Awaits Next Step

Much of the area in North Philadelphia that abuts the Delaware River has been in a decades-long transition stage from manufacturing hub as factories in the neighborhoods move, leaving behind their industrial footprint. The possibility of chemical contamination in now-vacant lots means these properties, dubbed “brownfields,” must be assessed and cleaned before the lots can […]

 

Northeast Philadelphia: Philadelphia’s Out-of-School Time Initiative Enters Phase One

Northeast Philadelphia: Philadelphia’s Out-of-School Time Initiative Enters Phase One

Philadelphia’s Out-of-School Time (OST) Initiative continues to build on past programs and improve the quality of OST for children by increasing participation from non-city funded programs. Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration sees improving OST programing as a pathway to improving early literacy in children and to helping reduce food insecurity, asthma and obesity among city youths. The […]

 

Social Issues: “There Is An Affordable Housing Crisis That Confronts The City In Some Real Ways.”

Social Issues: “There Is An Affordable Housing Crisis That Confronts The City In Some Real Ways.”

Kelvin Jeremiah, the president and CEO of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, has brought unique ideas from previous stops in Springfield, Massachusetts and New York City to help develop better living conditions for some of Philadelphia’s low-income citizens.   How did you get started with the Philadelphia Housing Authority? So I came to the PHA about […]

 

How To: Overturn A Wrongful Conviction If Innocent

How To: Overturn A Wrongful Conviction If Innocent

Innocent people get convicted for crimes they did not commit, but how often it happens is impossible to determine. The Philadelphia District Attorney’s office recently added to its Conviction Review Unit (CRU) in an effort to right the wrongful convictions of innocent people. This year it overturned the conviction of two people, including Shaurn Thomas […]

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