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South Philadelphia: Women Have Options To Protecting Themselves Against Violence

South Philadelphia: Women Have Options To Protecting Themselves Against Violence

The world can be a dangerous place. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, domestic violence cases made up nearly 21 percent of violent victimization nationwide from 2003 to 2012. Acknowledging that danger can strike anywhere at any moment, organizations have shifted their focus toward how to combat or avoid a bad situation before it actually happens. […]

 

Point Breeze: Local Organizations Partner To Build Affordable Housing

Point Breeze: Local Organizations Partner To Build Affordable Housing

Point Breeze has seen a surge in development in the last few years, which is causing concern over the increasing prices for rental units. On Feb. 9, the Women’s Community Revitalization Project (WCRP) received approval from the Philadelphia Vacant Property Review Committee for two parcels in Point Breeze that will become the Mamie Nichols Townhomes. WCRP, an organization […]

 

Northern Liberties: With Increased Crime Comes Self-Defense Classes

Northern Liberties: With Increased Crime Comes Self-Defense Classes

After a 20-year-old waitress named Sabina O’Donnell was beaten, raped and strangled in Northern Liberties five years ago, Lawrence Whitaker, chief instructor of at Urban Defense on 6th Street near Fairmount Avenue, knew he needed to do something so the same wouldn’t happen to others. He started a class, Defense for Women, which teaches women the skills […]

 

Germantown: Facing Poverty Head On

Germantown: Facing Poverty Head On

Face to Face is a non-profit organization where anyone is welcome to a hot meal, legal advice and an array of social services, all free of charge. What originally began as a soup kitchen in 1985 has grown into human services organization, providing vital resources for the homeless and the impoverished. “The one thing we […]

 By Micaella J. Wesley and Samuel A. Scimeca

West Philadelphia: A Beacon of Light for Expectant Mothers

West Philadelphia: A Beacon of Light for Expectant Mothers

It happens all too often. A young woman finds out she is pregnant and does not know what to do. She does not know where to turn and who to ask for help. She may be scared and feels alone in the process because her family is not quite sure how to handle everything either. […]

 By Tasia N. Morgan and Allison Clarke

Crisis in South Africa: Rape

Crisis in South Africa: Rape

Every six minutes a woman is raped in South Africa.  In an effort to stop the silence surrounding the crime of rape, those such as activist/performance artist Tapuwa Moore and rape survivor Mamphiwa Seema are speaking up. They hope to give rape victims the courage to move beyond the stigma to bring much needed attention […]