philadelphia-politics

Brother of 2 MOVE bombing victims calls for Philly to release their remains

BY: - May 2, 2022

“They are my sisters. They are my immediate family,” Lionell Dotson Sr., said at a news conference outside City Hall last week. “They took them from me. They are holding them like they are trophies."

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Kenyatta Johnson, like many Black pols, is victim of racist selective prosecution | Michael Coard

BY: - April 26, 2022

When the racist, selective prosecution of Black elected officials began in 1868, it was wrong. It's still wrong today.

“We have to meet this moment,” said At-large City Councilmember Helen Gym about the 2023 budget and its impact on Philadelphians.

Philly Councilmember Helen Gym is ready to address livability in city with 2023 budget

BY: - April 11, 2022

By Brian Saunders PHILADELPHIA — As At-large Councilmember Helen Gym looks at her legislative agenda and Philadelphia’s budget priorities for 2023, the city’s livability is top of mind. “We have choices to make,” she said. “You know, there’s no question that at a time when our city and you know I define our city, by […]

At-Large Philadelphia City Councilmember Alan Domb

Philly City Councilmember Allan Domb tries to spread word about unclaimed money

BY: - April 4, 2022

In a recent interview, Domb told the Philadelphia Tribune that a lack of information is to blame.

Philly’s Black clergy gives Kenney an ‘F’ for gun violence response

BY: - March 21, 2022

By Brian Saunders PHILADELPHIA — One year after the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity introduced a Gun Violence Elimination Plan, it’s giving Mayor Jim Kenney a failing grade in addressing that epidemic. After a city record of 562 homicides in 2021, there have already been 106 homicides this year. According to the Rev. Gregory […]

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Proposal would ban Philly from keeping Social Security cash for foster kids | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 18, 2022

The proposal, sponsored by Councilmember Helen Gym, 'rectifies a clear injustice,' she said.

Philly Council moves to preserve affordable housing in University City neighborhood

BY: - March 12, 2022

By Brian Saunders PHILADELPHIA — City Council has approved legislation requiring the inclusion of affordable housing in future developments of the University City Townhomes in West Philadelphia. Councilmember Jamie Gauthier, who sponsored the proposal, said that 20% of houses in the development will be offered at an affordable rent. Last year, the owners of University […]

Philly’s plan for Washington Avenue raises concerns among residents, businesses

BY: - March 3, 2022

''There is a definite concern regarding the changing of the South Philadelphia community and the future of Washington Avenue,' City Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson said

Philly Councilmember Gym wants answers on Parking Authority’s $11M demand from city schools

BY: - February 18, 2022

It's 'the latest in a string of outrageous acts of financial mismanagement' Gym said, calling for 'direct oversight' of the agency.

Philly Councilmember Alan Domb floats term limits bill

BY: - February 12, 2022

By Brian Saunders PHILADELPHIA — Members of Philadelphia City Council would be limited to four, four-year terms under a proposal that’s now being circulated by at-large Councilmember Alan Domb. Domb said Thursday that the limits would allow   for new and innovative representation within council. He requested that the legislation be put on the May 2022 […]

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Philly’s gun violence is ‘symptom’ of bigger problems, official says | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 11, 2022

The city has tackle issues of  poverty, education, and economic opportunity if it really wants to fix it, a senior city official said.

Will the fizz go out of the new effort to repeal Philly’s soda tax?

BY: - February 3, 2022

Councilmember David Oh is facing opposition; the tax has generated $333M since 2017.