Happy birthday, George Edwin Taylor. The first Black presidential candidate | Michael Coard
Taylor was born free in Little Rock to Bryant Taylor, an enslaved father, and raised by his free mother, Amanda Hines, in Alton, Illinois. Sadly, she passed away when he was just 8 years old. He then lived with a politically active Black foster family in Wisconsin and later attended Wayland University.
Report offers ways to address inequities among Philly’s minority-owned small businesses
The research incorporates feedback from interviews, focus groups and survey responses from nearly 250 small business owners and 79 capital and business support organizations and an advisory council of more than 30 local business owners, community-based organizations, capital and service providers, city government officials and philanthropic institutions.
Philly Mayor Kenney rebuffs growing demands to do more to reduce gun violence
In his six-page letter, Kenney said his administration was taking a “whole of government response” to gun violence, which he added was fueled in part by the coronavirus pandemic.
With homicides on the rise, Philly DA Krasner calls for more accountability from law enforcement
During a news conference Monday at the West Philadelphia YMCA, Krasner said accountability and integrity in law enforcement is necessary for public safety.
Kenney punts on providing update on his anti-violence plan as homicides surge
The mayor said he punted on providing an anticipated update for his anti-violence plan, Roadmap for Safer Communities, due to the influx of funding the city is expected to receive from the recently passed federal coronavirus stimulus package. The city is on track to receive $1.4 billion toward its operating budget.
Systemic racism still festering inside city’s courts, Black judges say during legislative hearing
By Michael D’Onofrio Legislators unloaded on the leaders of the city’s court system Monday for their absence from a hearing on a bombshell report that detailed a “troubling pattern of racial resentment” and nepotism in the courts. Court of Common Pleas President Judge Idee C. Fox drew the ire of legislators for her refusal to […]
Philadelphia legislator calls for making every Friday ‘Shop Black Business Friday’
Legislators introduced a non-binding resolution on Thursday that would declare the end of each workweek in December “Shop Black Business Friday” in the city. The resolution could be passed as soon as next week.
City leaders respond to West Philly police shooting
The incident occurred on the 6100 block of Locust Street. Police said they were called to a home on the block for a man with a weapon. When they arrived, they found a man, later identified as 27-year-old Walter Wallace Jr., holding a knife.
In Philly, firefighters seek union prez’s resignation over Trump endorsement
Members of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 22 are calling for Union President Mike Bresnan’s resignation.
Philly Council bill would make racially motivated 911 calls a crime
The bill clarifies that it is a hate crime - complete with penalties for criminal conduct - to misuse the 911 emergency response system if one is motivated by a hatred of other persons based on certain characteristics such as race or ethnicity.
Philly City Council passes police reforms, shelves others for the summer
Legislators passed a bill to reinstate a residency requirement that all city employees, including police officers, live in Philadelphia for at least one year prior to joining the city payroll.
Preliminary Philly budget cuts $33M in police spending, implements reform
The police department’s budget was reduced to $727M from Mayor Jim Kenney’s original proposal of $760M, still the biggest department in the city.