Politics

 By Kait Privitera

Germantown: Obama Visits the Neighborhood

Germantown: Obama Visits the Neighborhood

Click on the slide to see the next one. This past Sunday, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden visited Robert Fulton Elementary School in Germantown as part of the “Moving America Forward” rally. In his speech, President Obama claimed that the country would only move backward if the Republican Party were to take […]

 By R. Chase Grier and Jessica Herring

Fairhill: The New Palladium Provides a Home for Friends, Family and Community

Fairhill: The New Palladium Provides a Home for Friends, Family and Community

  From the outside, the New Palladium nightclub looks much like a storefront that has yet to open for the business day. At 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 26th, the shutters covered the doors and windows, and very little light escaped to the sidewalk surrounding it. However, looks can be deceiving, particularly in the case of […]

 By Michele Aweeky, David Pulli, Lindsey Muller and Nicole Thomas-Holder

Center City: Occupy Philly Movement Finds Support from Friends

Center City: Occupy Philly Movement Finds Support from Friends

After much resistance, the Occupy Philly movement has officially left Dilworth Plaza. Nov. 27 was the deadline given to the encampment at Dilworth Plaza. The leadership of the movement was given an eviction notice by the city and was expected to be cleared out by 5 p.m. The area was not vacated until the morning […]

 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

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 from Occupy […]

 

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

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 to Sixth […]

 By Jennifer Lee and James Shields

Germantown: 8th District City Council Candidate Robin Tasco

Germantown: 8th District City Council Candidate Robin Tasco

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 already was […]