Civic and Community Engagement

How the potential end to abortions will affect people who are impoverished

“The vast majority of people who need abortion funding in Philadelphia are Black, brown, and indigenous,” according to Elicia Gonzales, executive director of the Abortion Liberation Fund of Pennsylvania, a Center City organization that uses donations to help fund abortions. “They have to pay for the abortion, as well as child care, and the lost wages of two missed days of work.” Half of U.S. abortion patients have family incomes below the poverty level, according to the American Journal of Public Health. | From: The Inquirer (Read more.)


High expectations: A look at Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program

Tauhid Chappell, an organizer for the Philadelphia CannaBusiness Association—Pennsylvania’s first Black-owned, Black-led cannabis nonprofit aimed at healing the damage done by cannabis prohibition—relays his hopes for the future of cannabis in Pennsylvania: “[I hope the state] is able to come up with a comprehensive package that allows people to participate in the industry however they want.” | From: Metro Philly (Read more.)