On the Scene of the Shut Down the DNC Protest

Protestors march protesting police brutality and Hillary Clinton after a rally at City Hall.

Protests continued through Philly today. A large collective of left-leaning groups gathered outside of City Hall this afternoon for a rally called Shut Down the DNC. Topics ranged from Palestine to education to institutional racism, with the latter being most prevalent.

While protests are nothing new to Philadelphia, especially in recent weeks, this one was a little different. Many of the attendees came from all over the country to participate.  Read more »

Phillies, City Unveil New Ryan Howard Youth Baseball Facility

Ryan Howard, along with members of the Monarchs, the Phillies youth squad and the Phillie Phonetic.

Ryan Howard, along with members of the Monarchs, the Phillies youth squad.

The City, along with the Phillies and Major League Baseball, unveiled the new Ryan Howard Training Center at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center in South Philadelphia Thursday. The 7,500 square foot training center was added  to the existing recreation center, and is state of the art.

“This is what our children deserve, this is what our children are meant to experience,” said Mayor Jim Kenney, who added that growing up, he didn’t have these kinds of facilities. Read more »

Clinton Campaign to Hold Post-DNC Rally Near Liberty Bell

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses a gathering on the Boardwalk Wednesday, July 6, 2016, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses a gathering on the Boardwalk Wednesday, July 6, 2016, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

The Hillary Clinton campaign has decided to stay in Philly for a day beyond the DNC this month. According to the National Parks Service, the campaign has reserved a part of Independence National Historical Park from 4 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Friday, July 29th. The campaign just announced that it will be for a public rally.

“The event will be an opportunity for Pennsylvanians to hear from Clinton after the convention and for Hillary for Pennsylvania to continue working toward achieving Clinton’s nationwide goal of registering and committing to vote three million people in this election,” according to a statement from the campaign.  Read more »

City Honors Legendary Children’s Book Illustrator Jerry Pinkney

Kelly Lee, Jerry Pinkney, and Sheila Hess pose with the award that was presented to Pinkney this afternoon.

In Philadelphia, Tuesday was Jerry Pinkney day. The City officially honored the acclaimed illustrator and Philadelphia native at a ceremony in City Hall yesterday afternoon.

Joined by his friends and family, Pinkney was presented with a special decree signed by Mayor Kenney, a statue of the liberty bell, and a book of drawings inspired by his work from the students at the City’s Parks and Recreation Summer Art Camp. Read more »

Can Philly Become a Hub of the “Impact Economy”?

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Representatives from local businesses network at the launch of ImpactPHL | Photo by Brian Thomas

Benjamin Franklin Technology Partners and the Economy League announced yesterday the launch of ImpactPHL, a new initiative designed to bring socially conscious investors and startups together.

The goal of the initiative is to increase investment in impact companies and organizations in Greater Philadelphia by increasing awareness of what the impact economy is and what it can do, the organization says.

So what is the impact economy? The group defines it as “doing well while doing good,” meaning that investors will see a return while also supporting companies that are working to help their community.

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Here Are the Really Big Names Speaking at the DNC

Hillary Clinton accompanied by Sen. Bernie Sanders, left, smiles while speaking as Sanders endorses Clinton at a rally at Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth, N.H., Tuesday, July 12, 2016.

Hillary Clinton accompanied by Sen. Bernie Sanders, left, smiles while speaking as Sanders endorses Clinton at a rally at Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth, N.H., Tuesday, July 12, 2016.

The speaker lineup for the DNC is starting to take shape, and it’s already stacked.

The Clinton campaign just announced the headlining speakers for this month’s convention. The speakers are organized around different themes for each day. Read more »

City to Increase Beds, Outreach for Homeless During DNC

Tourists walk past a homeless person during Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia. Photo | Bradley Maule

Tourists walk past a homeless person during Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia. Photo | Bradley Maule

Philadelphia will have more beds and resources to help shelter its homeless population for the next few weeks.

In the city’s budget for the upcoming Democratic National Convention, there is about $61,000 allotted to allow the Office of Supportive Housing to provide for 110 more beds throughout the city. An additional $25,000 will fund 16 to 20 more outreach workers than usual during the convention. The extra resources will be available from July 17th through the 31st.

These workers will help people experiencing homelessness find resources and alert them to the new regulations and crowds that are expected to accompany the DNC. They will also be on hand to talk to visitors about homelessness and what can be done to end it.

They’ll also be around if someone is in distress and needs assistance, according to Liz Hersh, director of the Office of Supportive Housing (OSH). Read more »

DNC Host Committee Announces Youth Engagement Programs

Victoria Thornton, a participant in the Youth News Team, speaks about why she wanted to get involved.

Victoria Thornton, a participant in the Youth News Team, speaks about why she wanted to get involved.

A group of Philadelphia youth will get hands-on experience the Democratic National Convention later this month.

The DNC Host Committee announced two programs today designed to engage Philadelphia youth in the convention. The two programs include a Youth News Team and a Civic Youth Experience.

The Youth News Team will give 25 high school and middle school students a chance to cultivate their skills and produce original content for the convention. The two-week program will involve a journalism boot camp and mentorships from a number of local journalists and outlets. The students will then work together in small groups to come up with ideas and produce convention-related content.  Read more »

Philly Police Dept. Offer Safety Tips for Pokemon Go Users

A map on the new app Pokemon Go, at the corner of Market and 19th

People have been walking around Philly this past week hunting for Pokemon on the new Pokemon Go app. The game — in case you haven’t seen the pictures on social media — requires the player to leave their house and search for Pokemon on maps that correspond with the real world. It’s fun, but reports of people ending up in dangerous situations prompted the Philadelphia Police Department to share some safety tips. Read more »

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