Politics

 

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 […]

 

Chinatown North: Asian Arts Initiative Encourages Protest Through Art

Chinatown North: Asian Arts Initiative Encourages Protest Through Art

Aram Han Sifuentes still remembers the first protest banner she made — the words “Dump Trump” sit emblazoned atop a teal fabric playfully covered in pugs. The fiber artist said she always has extra fabric on hand, and after the results of the 2016 presidential election, she turned to her craft to respond to Donald […]

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Strawberry Mansion: Preschools Are Important, But Underfunded

Strawberry Mansion: Preschools Are Important, But Underfunded

Amanda Bowman always imagined herself as a mother. When the time came for her to have children, she was presented with two surprises. The first: she would have to raise them as a single parent. The second: she was having twins. Despite the challenges that faced her, she knew she was going to send them […]

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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 […]

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East Kensington: Green Spaces Foster Sense Of Community

East Kensington: Green Spaces Foster Sense Of Community

Even in the increasingly solitary digital age, people still often feel the need for community in their lives. In Philadelphia and cities across the country, green spaces of all shapes and sizes can fulfill that need. “People like a place to congregate,” said City Councilman Mark Squilla, whose District 1 encompasses East Kensington. “If you […]