Politics

 

West Philadelphia: IAC And Philly Thrive Are Trying To Rewrite History

West Philadelphia: IAC And Philly Thrive Are Trying To Rewrite History

After the shooting of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of his shooter George Zimmerman, the Black Lives Matter movement exploded onto every television screen, Twitter feed, and the minds of activists who wish to better the lives of African-Americans. Organizations like the International Action Center (IAC) in Philadelphia and Philly Thrive focus on ensuring that black […]

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Hunting Park: Local Efforts Encourage Minorities And Millennials To Vote

Hunting Park: Local Efforts Encourage Minorities And Millennials To Vote

Equipped with pledge cards, iPods, and polling data, a group of five millennials cramped into a minivan. Maneuvering through North Philadelphia, the team knocked door-to-door along nestled rowhomes in Hunting Park, Juniata Park, and Feltonville, greeted by residents stricken with consternations surrounding Election Day. The canvassing clan is a constituent of the National Council of […]

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City Hall: Five Things To Know About Sheila Hess

City Hall: Five Things To Know About Sheila Hess

In January 2016, Jim Kenney transitioned from his 23-year-run in Philadelphia’s City Council to become the 99th Mayor of the city. One of Mayor Kenney’s tasks is to ensure that the city is filled with energy, fresh new ideas and exciting events. In order to meet those standards, Mayor Kenney appointed Sheila Hess as the […]

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City Hall: Eight Statues That Help Tell The History of Philadelphia

City Hall: Eight Statues That Help Tell The History of Philadelphia

The plazas surrounding City Hall are enriched with iconic statues. From the 37-foot-tall monument of William Penn at the top of the building to the smaller statues scattered around the base of the structure, these figures are meant to memorialize the lives and accomplishments of Philadelphians of past eras. Locals and tourists hustle through their […]

 

Politics: Groups Work to Register Philadelphia Voters Ahead of Election

Politics: Groups Work to Register Philadelphia Voters Ahead of Election

Perhaps no one in Philadelphia has Oct. 11 marked on their calendar more than Gregory Irving. The voter registration deadline is one of many that Irving has faced over nearly 29 years working in the city’s Voting Registration Office. But this year is a bit different. For many Americans, the Nov. 8 election featuring candidates Hillary Clinton […]

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City Hall: Staffer’s Memorable Moments Include Paul Newman, Failed Grand Prix

City Hall: Staffer’s Memorable Moments Include Paul Newman, Failed Grand Prix

After serving 17 years in City Hall, Donald Tippett has just about seen it all. From working for Councilman Frank Rizzo Jr. to his role as office manager for Councilman David Oh, he said he’s learned a lot. He knows a lot about Philadelphia politics, and acknowledged his work has brought him some great opportunities. […]

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Politics: Committee Of Seventy Works to Improve City Government

Politics: Committee Of Seventy Works to Improve City Government

It is no secret that Philadelphia has been marred by political scandals and corruption throughout its storied past. From the Abscam sting to the controversies surrounding Mayor Street’s administration, from Vince Fumo’s conviction to current allegations against State Senator Larry Farnese and Congressman Chaka Fattah, the city of Philadelphia does not have a great record when it comes to government […]

 

Politics: Criminal Justice Reform Committee Focuses On Psychology

Politics: Criminal Justice Reform Committee Focuses On Psychology

The Special Committee on Criminal Justice Reform met last month in the City Council chambers. Co-chairs Curtis Jones Jr. of City Council, retired Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel and the head of the Defender Association of Philadelphia, Kier Bradford-Grey all presided over the hearing that focused on the psychology of criminals and potential criminals, and […]

 

Politics: Mayor Kenney Expands His Focus

Politics: Mayor Kenney Expands His Focus

When Jim Kenney was elected mayor in late 2015, it remained to be seen what direction he intended to take Philadelphia. After campaigning on education reform and job outlook improvement, voters were anxious to see what Mayor Kenney’s first steps in office would be. As Mayor Kenney’s first actions took place over the past five […]

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North Philadelphia: After Transition, Duckrey Finds a Strong Leader

North Philadelphia: After Transition, Duckrey Finds a Strong Leader

When the School District of Philadelphia proposed 37 school closings in 2013, Tanner Duckrey Elementary School was scheduled to close its doors to roughly 300 students. Duckrey’s fate changed when the School Reform Commission narrowed the list of closings to 24 and designated Duckrey as a receiving school. This meant Duckrey was now scheduled to […]