Politics

 

West Philadelphia: Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate Helps Puerto Rico’s LGBTQ+ Community

West Philadelphia: Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate Helps Puerto Rico’s LGBTQ+ Community

When Hurricane Irma struck Puerto Rico in October 2017, Raquel Salas Rivera, Philadelphia’s poet laureate for 2018-19, wanted to help. “I’m very close to the trans community in Puerto Rico,” Salas Rivera said. “Many went without access to medicine or their hormones after the hurricane. Some are safe now, but there are still a lot […]

 

Politics: Working to Ease Language Barrier for Immigrants

Politics: Working to Ease Language Barrier for Immigrants

As part of its status of a sanctuary city, Philadelphia’s Office of Immigrant Affairs is a resource that develops programs and policies that attempt to provide opportunity and access to services to immigrant communities. Orlando Almonte works at the Office of Immigrant Affairs as the language access program manager. Before working for the city, Almonte worked for […]

 

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 […]

 

Politics: Philadelphia Protestant Home Residents Helping Encourage Statewide Change

Politics: Philadelphia Protestant Home Residents Helping Encourage Statewide Change

Since 1890, the Philadelphia Protestant Home has been welcoming residents into its doors as a non-profit senior living community tucked in Northeast Philadelphia. The facility currently holds more than 600 residents ranging from different levels of care including independent living, personal care, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation. According to AARP, 65 percent of all residents living […]

 

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. […]

 

Center City: Veganism and Vegetarian Take Over One Menu At a Time

Center City: Veganism and Vegetarian Take Over One Menu At a Time

Just a few years ago, vegetarian and vegan food options in Philadelphia were mostly found in the grocery store aisles. But over the past few years, the city has seen an explosion of new restaurant options. Philadelphia Magazine now lists more than 20 establishments in Center City offering vegan and vegetarian menus. Tyler Burgese, who […]

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Old City: 5 Ways Philadelphia Impacted American History

Old City: 5 Ways Philadelphia Impacted American History

Philadelphia can be considered the birthplace of American politics. Although Philadelphia held a strong influence over the formation of the United States, politics in the city today remain detached from influencing the national political scene. To understand current Philadelphia politics, understanding the events of 18th century Philadelphia is paramount to feel the city’s passion for intense politics. […]

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Politics: Cindy Bass Gives The Community A Voice

Politics: Cindy Bass Gives The Community A Voice

Logan residents feel they have been kept in the shadows for decades by their council people, but City Councilwoman Cindy Bass is finally giving them a voice. “We’ve been promised that our issues are going to be addressed by the politicians over and over again,” said Cecil Hankins, a neighborhood resident. “Logan is the least of […]

 

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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Politics: Advocacy Lawyer Fights For Those In And Exiting Foster Care

Politics: Advocacy Lawyer Fights For Those In And Exiting Foster Care

Jean Strout always wanted to work with children. A Maine native, Strout became a communications fellow for the Community Partnership School through Philly Fellows after graduating from Swarthmore College. After returning to Philadelphia from Harvard Law School, she then became a Zubrow Fellow for the Juvenile Law Center. Strout now is the Equal Justice Works […]