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South Philadelphia: The City Unites over Soccer

South Philadelphia: The City Unites over Soccer

The city will host the second annual Philadelphia International Unity Cup , a 48-team regional, World Cup soccer-style tournament, this fall with the final match set to take place at Lincoln Financial Field on Nov. 11. In addition to a highly competitive soccer match taking place that day, there will also be a parade of nations, where each team […]

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Activism: Philadelphia’s Wavering Sanctuary City Status

Activism: Philadelphia’s Wavering Sanctuary City Status

Full of culture and immigrants from around the world, Philadelphia is one of many jurisdictions that serves as a refuge for both documented and undocumented immigrants. In 2017, the United States and much of the world are facing issues in and around immigration based on — but not limited to — concerns of national security […]

 

Activism: Fighting For Transgender Rights In Philadelphia

Activism: Fighting For Transgender Rights In Philadelphia

During the Obama administration, federal guidelines released called on public schools to allow transgender students to be able to choose the bathroom facility according to their self-professed gender identity. On Feb. 22, 2017, President Trump’s administration notified the U.S. Supreme Court that they would be withdrawing this guidance and felt that this was a focus for state-level governments rather […]

 

Center City: Philadelphia’s Irish Community Supports Civil Rights

Center City: Philadelphia’s Irish Community Supports Civil Rights

People of Irish descent in Philadelphia have a history dating back to the pre-American Revolution era. According to the Global Philadelphia Association (GPA), Irish Americans make up the largest ethnic group in the Philadelphia area. The 2000 U.S. Census lists the population of people of Irish descent in Philadelphia as more than 206,000. However, this […]

 

City Hall: Philadelphia Provides Adult Educational Opportunities

City Hall: Philadelphia Provides Adult Educational Opportunities

The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy was created in 1983 under an executive order. Its original purpose was to teach adults reading, writing and mathematics. Since then, the commission has expanded to also teach digital literacy and English as a second language. Last month, Mayor Jim Kenney issued a new executive order officially changing the commission’s name […]

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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 […]

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Education: Kenney’s Universal Pre-K Proposal Sparks Hope, Controversy

Education: Kenney’s Universal Pre-K Proposal Sparks Hope, Controversy

Philadelphia’s public school system has long faced academic and financial troubles, resulting in poor standardized test scores and high dropout rates. Now, advocates of Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposition for universal pre-kindergarten say such a program could help put more students on the path to success. But critics don’t like the plan to pay for it: […]