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October 14, 2010 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
Calling him "the education candidate," a public-school advocacy group endorsed Democrat Dan Onorato for governor Wednesday afternoon. Education Voters of Pennsylvania, a nonpartisan, nonprofit group based in Philadelphia, said it preferred Onorato over Republican Tom Corbett because of his support for gradually raising state funding for most school districts according to a formula first approved by the legislature in 2008. Corbett has said he does not support increased funding because of budget crises that the state faces in the next few years.
NEWS
January 9, 1992 | By Stephanie Banchero, Special to The Inquirer
Although the trash-to-steam plant in Plymouth Township has been test- burning garbage for more than one month, a citizen's group is not giving up its fight to monitor the facility's operations. T.R.A.S.H. Ltd. (The Residents Against Solid Waste Hazards) has appealed the temporary operating permit, issued by the state Department of Environmental Resources, that allows the $186 million facility to burn refuse. Members of the group say the permit does not include the testing of volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
NEWS
February 3, 2012
A Latino advocacy group filed suit Thursday to prevent Pennsylvania state district maps drawn in 2001 from being used in the next election. "The 2001 legislative district lines do not reflect the demographic changes that have occurred in the last 10 years," said Juan Cartagena, president and general counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, which filed the lawsuit. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court voted, 4-3, last week to reject proposed district lines approved by a bipartisan legislative commission.
NEWS
April 28, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
A school-choice advocacy group in Philadelphia will roll out on Monday the first of a planned series of television advertisements to promote its cause as voters consider whom to support in the mayor's race. Mike Wang, executive director of Philadelphia School Advocacy Partners, said his organization intended to spend more than $1 million on television ads in the coming months, much of it after the May 19 primary. "This is about getting every child access to a great school," Wang said, adding that the group would spend "whatever it will take to do that.
NEWS
October 30, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Deputy Commissioner Kevin A. Bethel, one of the highest-ranking members of the Philadelphia Police Department, will retire in January to join an advocacy group that focuses on youth violence prevention. Bethel, a 29-year member of the force, runs patrol operations and is known as a strong proponent of community-oriented policing tactics. His name was among those floated as a possible replacement for Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, who is retiring in January. Ramsey said working with Bethel was a "joy," and called his work for the department "immeasurable.
NEWS
October 27, 1992 | by Marianne Costantinou and Robin Palley, Daily News Staff Writers
Pregnant women with drug addictions are being denied admission to some rehabilitation centers in the city, a women's advocacy group claims. The Women's Law Project has filed a complaint with the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, charging the centers with sex discrimination. The commission is expected to announce today that it will investigate the allegations, said Carol Tracy, executive director of the Women's Law Project. Human Relations Commissioner Kevin Vaughan said he would not comment about the allegations until a formal press conference today at his office.
NEWS
January 27, 1990 | By Thomas Turcol, Inquirer Staff Writer
While Philadelphia's housing shortage grows more acute, the city is sitting on millions of dollars of federal money that could ease the problem, according to a housing-advocacy group. Edward A. Schwartz, director of Philadelphia's Office of Housing and Community Development, yesterday confirmed the data presented by the Housing Asociation of the Delaware Valley but said the group's conclusions were misleading. Schwartz said that the unspent money had been committed to various projects either in the planning stages or about to get under construction.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
A LINE OF action figures based on the characters from "Django Unchained" have recently gone on sale ($34.99 retail), but Najee Ali wants them taken off the market. Ali, director of the advocacy group Project Islamic Hope, in conjunction with other Los Angeles black community leaders, called for the removal of the toys and said they're "a slap in the face of our ancestors" that "trivializes the horrors of slavery. " But do they really? More than the film itself? Did the action figures made for Quentin Tarantino 's last film, "Inglourious Basterds," trivialize the horrors of the Nazis?
NEWS
May 22, 1988 | By Edward J. Sozanski, Inquirer Art Critic
Late in the afternoon of May 13, after two days of self-analysis that was often insightful but sometimes self-serving, a group of artists and arts administrators took a first step toward forming an arts advocacy organization for Philadelphia. Fired up by a feeling of comradeship and common purpose, the group formed a steering committee to organize a general meeting in the near future at which such an organization could be formally constituted. As a spontaneous gesture of their enthusiasm, the conferees even ponied up a total of $450 for start-up expenses.
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NEWS
July 27, 2016 | By Michael Matza, Staff Writer
At an immigration forum timed to coincide with the Democratic National Convention, Mayor Kenney merged the personal and political Monday. Moderator Maria Teresa Kumar, of the civic media group Voto Latino, was into her introduction, noting that Kenney's youthful experience as a dishwasher and busboy gave him empathy for immigrants in low-paying jobs. "And I," Kenney piped up, "had the benefit of not being afraid that the police were going to come and [deport] me. " New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio got personal too. "I am the grandson of a southern Italian immigrant [who]
BUSINESS
April 16, 2016 | By Diane Mastrull, Staff Writer
A Pennsylvania nonprofit, nonpartisan, entrepreneur-driven advocacy group is expected to launch July 1 with the outgoing president and CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation, Matthew J. Brouillette, at its helm. Commonwealth Partners Chamber of Entrepreneurs will consist of entrepreneurs and philanthropists "working in partnership to advance better public policies in Pennsylvania," according to an announcement issued Thursday. Brouillette's term at the Commonwealth Foundation, a think tank in Harrisburg that advocates fiscally conservative and libertarian public policies, will end June 30. The new agency he will lead, also to be based in Harrisburg, will work to advance public policies in Pennsylvania, educate the public regarding laws and policies, and advocate for legislation to improve economic and educational opportunities for every resident of the state, according to the statement.
NEWS
January 29, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER
Developers and potential customers of small modular reactors (SMR) have formed an advocacy group called SMR Start to promote public policy to accelerate the adoption of advanced nuclear reactors. The founding members of the consortium include PSEG Nuclear, which operates large a three-reactor complex in Salem County, and Holtec International, the Marlton energy company that is building a research center in Camden to support the development of its small modular reactor, the SMR-160.
NEWS
October 30, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Deputy Commissioner Kevin A. Bethel, one of the highest-ranking members of the Philadelphia Police Department, will retire in January to join an advocacy group that focuses on youth violence prevention. Bethel, a 29-year member of the force, runs patrol operations and is known as a strong proponent of community-oriented policing tactics. His name was among those floated as a possible replacement for Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, who is retiring in January. Ramsey said working with Bethel was a "joy," and called his work for the department "immeasurable.
NEWS
October 15, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
A LOCAL GROUP of education advocates has sent Gov. Wolf a letter asking for the removal of Farah Jimenez from the School Reform Commission because of her husband's association with charter schools. The Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools says it is also concerned about Jimenez's oversight of the school district's Charter School Office, which she details on her LinkedIn page. The group alleges in an Oct. 8 letter obtained by the Daily News that Jimenez, who was appointed to the SRC in February 2014 by former Gov. Tom Corbett, "has taken actions which raise additional problems with her continuing as a Commissioner.
NEWS
September 18, 2015 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a civil liberties group issued a formal complaint about the City of Cape May's sponsoring a simulcast at Cape May Convention Hall on Sept. 27 of Pope Francis' public Mass in Philadelphia, a local ecumenical group has taken over the promotion of the event. The live stream of the Mass at the beachfront convention center is one of a number of events being held at the Jersey Shore during the "pope weekend" at the end of the month, including a showing of the film Sister Act in the same building Friday, Sept.
BUSINESS
September 11, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Uber's billboards promised opportunities to earn $25 to $30 an hour, so Takele Gobena quit his $9-an-hour job at the Seattle airport, borrowed money to buy a car, and began working as a driver for Uber and Lyft. "We're not earning a living wage," Gobena said. After expenses, he said, he wound up earning $2.64 an hour, not enough to cover car payments or support his infant daughter. Gobena served as Exhibit A on Wednesday as advocates for low-wage workers released a report about problems and possible solutions for a growing class of workers such as Gobena in what is known as the on-demand economy.
NEWS
August 26, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer, medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
WHEN BARBARA Galarza was told by a high school psychologist last year that her teen daughter had "intellectual disabilities," she began to "cry, cry, cry. " She still had another surprise coming. The non-bilingual psychologist told her, "Don't worry, it's better this way. She'll get a lot of benefits," Galarza recalled yesterday in an interview conducted in Spanish. "She was heartless. " "Nobody would want news like that. It's not logical," she said. "For me that's not normal, [to]
NEWS
April 28, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
A school-choice advocacy group in Philadelphia will roll out on Monday the first of a planned series of television advertisements to promote its cause as voters consider whom to support in the mayor's race. Mike Wang, executive director of Philadelphia School Advocacy Partners, said his organization intended to spend more than $1 million on television ads in the coming months, much of it after the May 19 primary. "This is about getting every child access to a great school," Wang said, adding that the group would spend "whatever it will take to do that.
NEWS
February 24, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
City and county officials on Monday are expected to announce a long-term strategy for addressing Camden's homeless population. Details will be offered at an afternoon news conference in Camden. The state's poorest city, Camden has historically had a large homeless population. A study by the group NJ Counts found the state's homeless population increased last year, with Camden County up 2 percent. A survey by an advocacy group counted about 650 homeless individuals in Camden County last year.
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