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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 […]

 

Social Issues: Office Of Homeless Services Strives To Transition People Off The Street

Social Issues: Office Of Homeless Services Strives To Transition People Off The Street

Native Philadelphian Liz Hersh is the director of the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Homeless Services. Prior to working for the city, Hersh ran the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania for 14 years. Her experience has given her insight working with Philadelphia’s homeless residents.   What led you to this job as the director of the Office of […]

 

Kensington: “It’s Not Just A Gurney Street Thing.”

Kensington: “It’s Not Just A Gurney Street Thing.”

Prevention Point Philadelphia has opened a year-round respite at its center in Kensington as a direct response to the City of Philadelphia’s decision to close down and clean up encampments along the Gurney Street Corridor. The organization has been doing winter respite for the past three years, but as of July 31 its doors are […]

 

How To: Qualify To Receive Financial Assistance For A Water Bill

How To: Qualify To Receive Financial Assistance For A Water Bill

When Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez saw her constituent’s water bills, she knew she needed to act. Despite a new assistance plan in place, there were still people who owed thousands of dollars in late and overdue payments. “This is crazy,” Quiñones-Sánchez said. “This is a government owned utility. How did people get into this debt?” […]

 

Social Issues: Councilwoman María Quiñones-Sánchez Talks Income Inequality

Social Issues: Councilwoman María Quiñones-Sánchez Talks Income Inequality

María Quiñones-Sánchez took office 10 years ago representing District 7 in Philadelphia City Council. Long considered a party outsider, it is not uncommon to find her battling politically with Latino leaders in her own neighborhood, as well as other council members. Her sprawling council district is comprised of a wide area, covering all or parts […]