Community and Family

Here’s Where to Find a Cooling Center as Sweltering Temps Ramp Up

Philadelphia will open a limited number of cooling centers as scorching temperatures combine with high humidity to make for potentially deadly conditions as a brutal heat wave sets in. The cooling center sites will be different than in past years and will have social distancing and mask standards in place as they open amid the coronavirus pandemic. | From: NBC10 Philadelphia/Telemundo62 (Read more.)

Housing

Philly backs down from evicting homeless encampment

Philadelphia officials have postponed the eviction of the homelessness protest encampment on Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The city had given the roughly 150 residents of the camp until 9 a.m. Friday to leave, after weeks of negotiations broke down and pressure from neighborhood residents and sports leagues pushed officials to act. | From: WHYY (Read more.)

Civic and Community Engagement

Strike for Black Lives in Philadelphia: Essential workers demand hazard pay, end to racial discrimination

The nationwide day of action, part of the broader Black Lives Matter uprisings sparked by the police killing of George Floyd, took place in more than two dozen cities nationwide. It aimed to link the Black Lives Matter struggle to the fight for workers’ rights, and call attention to the racial discrimination that Black workers face on the job, which workers say has only worsened during the current health crisis. | From: The Philadelphia Inquirer (Read more.)

Civic and Community Engagement

In times of need, Brandywine and partners have stepped up

Brandywine—through their partnership with Mount Vernon Manor in Mantua and Centennial Parkside CDC and a few of their restaurant tenants—have been able to supply 12,770 meals and counting to underserved communities in Philadelphia. By the end of the summer, the program is aiming to serve a total of 13,600. | From: Metro Philly (Read more.)