May 20, 2013
Activist Cynthia Brown, 60, one of the guiding forces at the international advocacy group Human Rights Watch, died last Sunday in Manhattan after fighting cancer. Ms. Brown started with Human Rights Watch as a researcher in 1982, focusing on the Americas. In 1990, she went to Chile for two years for the organization. In 1993, she became its first program director, overseeing every report it published. Executive Director Kenneth Roth said Thursday that Ms. Brown "played a central role in establishing the high standards that have come to define Human Rights Watch.
May 8, 2013 |
The New Jersey Education Law Center has gone to court to try to reverse state Education Commissioner Chris Cerf's decision to approve the KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy Renaissance school in Camden. In a filing in Superior Court on behalf of some city residents and regional organizations, the law center, which represents students in failing school districts, says the KIPP application does not follow the law with regard to three of its five proposed schools. In March, Cerf signed off on an agreement between the Camden Board of Education and the nonprofit to build five partly private, partly public schools in the city.
March 1, 2013 |
Children who eat breakfast in school do better in math and miss fewer class days than those who don't, according to a new national study released Wednesday. "The simple act of feeding kids a healthy school breakfast can have a dramatic impact on their academic, health, and economic futures," the study concluded. The report was created for Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit working to end childhood hunger in America through its No Kid Hungry campaign. The study, called "Ending Childhood Hunger: A Social Impact Analysis," was done pro bono by Deloitte, an accounting consulting firm that also performs community-service work.
February 28, 2013 |
Children who eat breakfast in school do better in math and miss fewer class days, according to a new national study released Wednesday. "The simple act of feeding kids a healthy school breakfast can have a dramatic impact on their academic, health, and economic futures," the study concluded. The report was created for Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit working to end childhood hunger in America through its No Kid Hungry campaign. The study, called "Ending Childhood Hunger: A Social Impact Analysis," was done pro bono by Deloitte, an accounting consulting firm that also performs community-service work.
February 22, 2013 |
IT WAS 1985, Ernie Schiff had just gotten a new heart - his was the fifth such transplant in Philadelphia - and his wife wanted to know what was next. "The coordinator handed me a big book," said Anne Schiff, now 82. "I didn't understand anything about the book. I said, 'You know, I think we should start a group.' And I said, 'Let's call it Second Chance.' Because that's exactly what it was. " Twenty-eight years and nearly 2,500 heart transplants later, Second Chance quietly continues its same dual mission: support for patients who want to know what will happen to them and fundraising to help them afford it. It has expanded from Temple University Hospital, then the local pioneer, to the three other general hospitals in Philly that now do heart transplants - Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University Hospital.
January 29, 2013 |
ADVOCACY GROUPS charged Monday that the Philadelphia School District's proposal to close 37 schools in June disproportionately affects minorities and disabled students and speaks to a widening gap between the city's economically disenfranchised youth and their more fortunate counterparts. Action United and the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools (PCAPS) announced Monday that the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights intends to investigate a complaint that the groups filed.
January 24, 2013
State Senator Lloyd Smucker (R-West Lampeter), has introduced a bill that would allow undocumented immigrant youth who complete high school in Pennsylvania to be eligible for in-state tuition rates at state colleges. "This has the potential to expand the pool of skilled workers and prospective job creators," said Smucker, who modeled his legislation on Maryland's Dream Act, which offers subsidized tuition to undocumented youth who were brought to the United States as young children.
January 9, 2013 |
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?
December 20, 2012 |
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI - The sharp tang of varnish hangs in the air as a dozen women and a few men cut and scrape logs into bowls destined for U.S. department stores. In other Haitian workshops, vases sparkle with sequins of pink, green and blue, and dragonflies leap from picture frames cut from recycled steel drums. Three years after a devastating earthquake, there's still not much economic traction in this long impoverished Caribbean country, but one small niche has taken off: arts and crafts.
December 6, 2012
Leanne Krueger-Braneky, the first executive director of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia, is resigning effective Feb. 1 after eight years leading the advocacy group for locally-owned businesses committed to the triple bottom line of people, planet and profits. She will be joining the Washington-based BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) as director of fellowship and alumni, working from her Philadelphia home. SBN's board of directors is conducting an open search for Krueger-Braneky's replacement.