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Activists welcome law to increase say on Philadelphia zoning

BY: - January 10, 2022

Mayor Jim Kenny opposes the legislation. Advocates acknowledge the devil is in the details.

Helping youth, stopping violence: Philly City Council members outline 2022 goals

BY: - January 4, 2022

'From our schools to out-of-school time and overall wellness, we need to raise the bar for our youth people constantly,' Councilmember Isaiah Thomas said.

COMMENTARY

Philadelphia has led the way on driving equality. Harrisburg and D.C. need to do the same | Opinion

BY: - November 12, 2021

We’ve started something big, but we need to continue to listen to constituents and pass bold, innovative solutions.

Philly officials look for marginal wins as homicide rate continues to rise

BY: - October 21, 2021

'The overall reductions in violent crime specifically within our pinpoint grades are continuing to decrease in a strong and steady way,' Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said.

Philly Councilmember David Oh fishing for support on minimum force bill

BY: - October 19, 2021

“What we hope to do is to get a calm reaction out of police officers not to overreact,” Oh said.

Philly Councilmember Curtis Jones urges citizens to call out ‘red flag’ behavior

BY: - October 9, 2021

By Brian Saunders PHILADELPHIA — City Councilmember Curtis Jones Jr. took the floor during this week’s virtual City Council meeting to urge people to speak up if someone they know is going through a mental health crisis. Jones’ remarks come in the aftermath of Monday’s Thomas Jefferson University Hospital shooting, which left one man dead […]

Philly City Council urges Congress to end forced labor in prisons

BY: - September 25, 2021

'We can’t decarcerate our country unless we eliminate the financial incentive to keep Black and brown, working class and poor people in prison,' Councilmember Kendra Brooks said.

‘Some of these killings are for the dumbest reasons’: What’s driving Philly’s bloody summer?

BY: - August 17, 2021

Some have called the situation a "perfect storm" of problems. Others a "witches' brew" of swirling trauma.

Black Clergy, Krasner call on Philly’s largest companies, nonprofits to fund violence prevention efforts

BY: - June 29, 2021

Days after Philadelphia boosted funding for violence prevention initiatives, the fight for how to spend it and who should pay more has begun.

Calling for fair school funding, clergy, activists, Philly Councilmember Gym detained after interrupting Pa. Senate session

BY: - June 23, 2021

Black plastic zip ties were clearly visible around the wrists of those detained and who were cited for unlawful assembly.

A year after George Floyd protests, Philly Mayor Kenney details progress on racial, police reforms

BY: - June 16, 2021

By Michael D’Onofrio PHILADELPHIA — Mayor Jim Kenney says his administration is making progress at rooting out systemic racial inequities, and enacting police reforms a year after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked nationwide protests. Yet while acknowledging more progress was needed, Kenney stressed that surging gun violence in the city was […]

Philly biz leaders, advocates call for $20M infusion of stimulus cash help Black businesses, community

BY: - June 15, 2021

The focus on targeted funding comes as the U.S. has lost an estimated 40 percent of Black-owned businesses due to the pandemic.