Politics

 By Melissa Nowicki, Michele Aweeky, Anna Yermilov, Kalima Thomas and Christopher Malo

Center City: Protestors Stage ‘Die-In’ at PNC Branches

Center City: Protestors Stage ‘Die-In’ at PNC Branches

On Monday, Occupy Philadelphia joined the Earth Quaker Action Team for a non-violent, theatrical protest. Protestors referred to the event as a mass “die-in” and gathered to oppose PNC Bank’s financial support of companies that perform mountain top removal coal mining and natural gas hydrofracking. More than 100 demonstrators, led by organizer Zachary Hershman, marched […]

 By Christine Fisher

Parkside: Mayor Nutter Visits Key Bridge Construction Site

Parkside: Mayor Nutter Visits Key Bridge Construction Site

Mayor Michael Nutter visited the construction site at the 40th Street bridge connecting Mantua and Parkside on Thursday afternoon. Nutter visited the site to promote the passage of the Rebuild America Jobs Act and support those involved in the 40th Street bridge construction project. Thursday was a significant day for both the Rebuild America Jobs […]

 By Kimberly Wagner, Sherrell Williams and Kevin Yorke

Strawberry Mansion: Lifelong Resident Pushes Rahman for Mayor

Strawberry Mansion: Lifelong Resident Pushes Rahman for Mayor

James Larry Grant, 58, called himself a “product of Philadelphia,” as he taped fliers to his now boarded-up childhood home at the corner of 29th and Diamond Street The fliers are a reminder for people to vote on Nov. 8. More specifically, they urge people to vote Wali Diop Rahman to be the next mayor […]

 By Pamela Seaton and Kirsten Stamn

Northeast: Three Republican Candidates Fight for Council Seats

Northeast: Three Republican Candidates Fight for Council Seats

[vimeo 30954860] With the fall election season underway seven City Council At-Large candidates came together recently at the WHYY studio for a political debate that, considering the stakes of the upcoming election, was a testament to measured, thoughtful politics. With seven participants in attendance – five Republicans and two Democrats – the debate covered everything […]

 

Center City: Fairhill Friends Ministry Prays for Peace

Center City: Fairhill Friends Ministry Prays for Peace

This past Sunday, members of the Fairhill Friends Ministry assembled at Independence Mall for a silent prayer vigil to advocate for peace on earth. The group of Quakers is not only responsible for the organization of the silent vigil, but also organizes various service projects within the Fairhill community. Jorge Arauz, prayer group member and […]

 By Cherri Gregg

Kensington: A Community Unites to Combat Blight

Kensington: A Community Unites to Combat Blight

[vimeo 25660502] Nearly a quarter of the land in Kensington is vacant.  No buildings, no structures, just grass, weeds or concrete.  This land, if left untended, becomes a magnet for trash, illegal dumping and crime. South Kensington—the portion of Kensington that runs from West Girard Avenue north to Berks Street and from Front Street west […]

 By Jennifer Lee and James Shields

Germantown: 8th District City Council Candidate Robin Tasco

Germantown: 8th District City Council Candidate Robin Tasco

[vimeo 22829757] Robin Tasco is one of the seven candidates running for the 8th District City Council seat. The Germantown resident describes herself as an honest, transparent, accessible and straightforward individual. Before getting involved in politics, Tasco was the 59th Ward block captain and committee person within her community. “Because I was a block captain, I […]

 By Trey Shields

Northwest: 8th District City Council Candidate Howard Treatman

Northwest: 8th District City Council Candidate Howard Treatman

[vimeo 22011629] Howard Treatman is an independent man–a characteristic the candidate for the 8th City Council District election wants all voters to remember when they go to the polls in May. Although this is his first foray into politics, the former president of the historical and influential Germantown Jewish Center and current board member of […]

 By Matthew Beck and Rebecca Arden

Ridge Avenue: From Temple University Student to Campaign Manager

Ridge Avenue: From Temple University Student to Campaign Manager

Behind every good election campaign are dedicated workers and volunteers to help get the winning edge. While most are experienced politicians, others are young, motivated workers ready to take on the everyday duties of a successful campaign. Laura Frank, a former Temple University student, was called upon to be the campaign manager of the Verna […]

 By Rebecca Savedow and Steve Boese

Germantown: 8th District Candidate Greg Paulmier

Germantown: 8th District Candidate Greg Paulmier

If there was ever a community politician, Greg Paulmier would be it. Block by block, the Germantown native is recognized by residents with friendly hellos and support for his upcoming race. Paulmier is running for the 8th District Council seat that will be vacated by Donna Reed Miller. Miller, the current councilwoman for the 8th […]