Protestors demand higher educational funding

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Pennsylvania community and religious leaders presented citizens’ warrants of arrest to state legislators on Thursday at the Pennsylvania State Capitol building, for not voting for adequate education funding. “We are charging our legislators with fiscal child neglect,” said Rabbi Julie Greenberg, standing outside of the capitol building. “[We] are charging specific legislators for not voting for public education fairly.” Greenberg, the leader of Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir, is a member of POWER Interfaith, which is the organization that advocated for education…

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Hundreds protesting various issues tie up traffic around City Hall

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BY: Tommy Rowan As the evening rush of motorists descended upon Center City on Thursday evening, protesters from varying movements joined together for a large-scale “Day of Action” march to bring attention to their many causes. The marchers – including a few hundred activists seeking a national $15-an-hour minimum wage, a halt to a proposed stadium for Temple University, and an end to racial injustice – snaked down North Broad Street all the way to City Hall, where they stopped traffic…

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Loosening poverty’s grip in North Philly focus of panel

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BY: Ryanne Persinger Malcolm Kenyatta grew up in poverty around 11th and Master streets in North Philadelphia. Now living several blocks away at 19th and Jefferson streets, Kenyatta says he has witnessed other sections of the city growing, while his neighborhood is being left behind. So, the 25-year-old engagement coordinator for the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce has assembled a panel of experts for April 18 to discuss, “Unleashing N. Philly: Deep Poverty As A Barrier To Progress.” “It’s time for…

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There’s Going to Be a Big Philly Stop-and-Frisk Town Hall

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BY: MALCOLM BURNLEY No matter where you look, there’s a cloud of confusion surrounding the future of stop-and-frisk in Philly. Take the political theater playing out in various opinion columns over the past month. Despite Mayor Jim Kenney reiterating that his position “hasn’t changed” on stop-and-frisk, the kerfuffle hasn’t died down, even a little bit, regarding whether Kenney has backtracked on a campaign promise to end the controversial police practice (or, conversely, if the criticism is mostly hot air). If you prefer numbers over words, there’s perplexity stemming from a new report released last week by the…

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Mayor and Police Commissioner Agree to Town Hall on Stop-and-Frisk

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BY: Flood the Drummer® On Demand! 3.31.16: Philadelphia – (Politics): An upcoming Philadelphia town hall meeting in April on the issue of the future of stop-and-frisk, an event on the 29th of the month that’ll be attended by both the Mayor and the Police Commissioner, will be the first of its kind, said Police Advisory Commission Executive Director Mr. Kelvyn Anderson, who will be speaking at the gathering organized by Techbook Online and P.O.W.E.R and who has worked in his position prior to the…

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POWER Offers Statement on Gov. Wolf’s 2015 – 2016 Budget Announcement

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 23 POWER, an interfaith organization in Philadelphia, responds to Governor Wolf’s 2015 – 2016 Budget Announcement today. Contact: bosueke@powerphiladelphia.org Philadelphia, PA – As representatives of POWER, we offer the following response in learning of the Governor’s announcement. Earlier today Governor Tom Wolf announced that he will let a Republican-based, $7 billion budget closure package take effect without his signature. As faith leaders, it is our highest moral calling to protect and nurture children. We the people cannot…

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Clergy, activists demand more clean energy from PECO

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BY: Wilford Shamlin III An interfaith group representing 60 denominations joined local environmental group Earth Quaker Action Team in pushing PECO, which provides electricity for residential and commercial customers, to pursue more clean-energy alternatives. Eileen Flanagan, chair of the environmental group, said Black and Latino communities were more likely to experience health hazards from burning fossil fuels like coal and oil for energy. The two organizations gathered Wednesday in the lobby of PECO headquarters in Center City. The environmentalists gave an…

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Protestors Demand Peco Support Solar Development in N Philadelphia

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BY: Andrew Maykuth About 50 activists took over the lobby of Peco on Wednesday to hold a “teach-in” to demand that the utility support solar-energy development in North Philadelphia. The 45-minute protest, which included preaching and poetry, was the latest demonstration organized by the Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) to apply pressure on Peco to divert some of its solar spending to impoverished neighborhoods. “Solar energy is a tool you can use to feed the 40 percent of children who are…

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Philadelphia Religious Groups Press Power Company, PECO, on Solar Energy and Green Jobs

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Philadelphia Religious Groups Press Power Company, PECO, on Solar Energy and Green Jobs POWER LOCAL GREEN JOBS campaign seeks investment in North Philly   Philadelphia, PA- After 10 months of negotiations with power company executives at PECO (formerly the Philadelphia Electric Company), Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) has joined forces with Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild (POWER) in a campaign to press PECO to purchase solar power from North Philadelphia rooftops,…

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Poverty summit held in North Philadelphia

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By: Samaria Bailey Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC), along with Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower and Rebuild (POWER) and Unite Here! Local 274 held a public hearing on poverty this week at the New Vision United Methodist Church. The hearing is one of two that will culminate with the “Poverty Summit: Philly Solutions for Philly Poverty,” scheduled for May 19. It featured the testimonies of dozens of laborers, who have lived or are living in poverty as a result of working underpaying,…

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