Civic and Community Engagement

Philadelphia’s Managing Director’s Office releases a partially-funded action plan for Kensington

The city’s Restore Kensington Action Plan, which was shared with Kensington Voice on July 28, echoes most of the councilmember’s plan. The city’s action plan is broken up into four goals with 15 action items: connect individuals to services, increase access to housing, increase public safety, and increase quality of life. | From: Kensington Voice (Read more.)

Civic and Community Engagement

Philly Landlord Tenant Officer married to city judge

Like many valuable functionary positions orbiting city government, the current Landlord and Tenant Officer, lawyer Marisa Silberstein Shuter, has family ties: She is married to Municipal Court Judge David C. Shuter, who personally presides over certain eviction cases, and is the daughter of that court’s former President Judge, Alan K. Silberstein. Legal observers say the arrangement is reflective of a larger culture of nepotism within the courts and presents a serious conflict of interest. | From: PlanPhilly (Read more.)

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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.)