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June 2, 1988 | By Douglas A. Campbell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Formation of a coalition to stop construction of Bucks County's controversial Point Pleasant pump project was announced yesterday by 16 local, regional and national environmental groups that historically have opposed the pump. The coalition's "sole purpose" is "litigating the Point Pleasant Water Diversion Project," said a statement handed out at a news conference in Doylestown. Coalition members have, individually, either appealed or sought to intervene in the granting of certain permits for the project, according to Robert J. Sugarman, an attorney who has for several years represented pump opponents and who now represents the coalition.
BUSINESS
June 15, 1989 | By Sheila Simmons, Daily News Staff Writer
Gilbert A. Wetzel, former president and chief executive of Bell of Pennsylvania, yesterday was named executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Economic Development Coalition, effective July 1. Walter D'Alessio, coalition chairman and president and chief executive of Latimer & Buck, said he was pleased to have Wetzel, a "high visibility, high quality, proven executive," join the coalition. "We are delighted that Gil has agreed to be drafted and will lend his considerable management and executive talents to the coalition for this interim period," he said.
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June 10, 1990 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, Special to The Inquirer
While vowing to continue its fight against the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District's reorganization plans, the Coalition for Neighborhood Schools has offered the board a compromise. Rather than accept the board's recent decision to reorganize all the district's elementary schools, coalition members have voted to accept some reorganization and redistricting to preserve neighborhood schools. The vote to compromise came during a meeting of more than 300 coalition members Wednesday.
BUSINESS
December 12, 1996 | by Anthony S. Twyman, Daily News Staff Writer
African-Americans spend $8.6 billion annually on gas and motor oil, according to Target Market News, a Chicago-based publication which tracks black spending. Of that, $175 million is spent in Philadelphia. Today, a coalition of local groups plans to discuss how it can make corporations such as Texaco more responsive to minority workers and communities. "Our fight is not with the African-American or local gas station owners. It is with Texaco as a whole," said David J. Warren, development director for the Black United Fund of Pennsylvania.
NEWS
June 29, 1989 | By Peter J. Shelly, Special to The Inquirer
What do 100 area civic, business and political leaders all joined in a common cause sound like? To John Miller, chief executive officer and chairman of Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co. and one of the leaders who traveled to Harrisburg on Tuesday to argue for more money for SEPTA, they sound like three million people. "I told the legislators that as they listened to us, that they were really hearing the footsteps of three million people," Miller said. "That is the kind of broad-based coalition that we had out there.
NEWS
August 16, 1990 | By Matthew Hilk, Special to The Inquirer
A coalition of civic groups has asked East Whiteland Township officials to develop soccer, football and other sports fields on a 10-acre site across from the township building, on the north side of Route 401. The presidents of two civic organizations told the supervisors at their meeting Monday that the environmentally sensitive site was deeded to the township with the intention that it be used for ball fields, but that it has been used as...
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February 1, 1989 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Enforcement of existing laws, rather than new legislation, is the way to protect Pennsylvania's wetlands, a coalition of sportsmen and environmentalists said yesterday. Members of the coalition, speaking at a Capitol news conference, said they supported an administration plan and other steps to better protect the state's wetlands from development. Coalition members are concerned about dwindling bogs, marshes and other wetlands, which provide flood control and help filter agricultural pollutants from runoff before it reaches rivers and streams.
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October 15, 1991 | By Larry Copeland, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 23 women and two men representing various Philadelphia constituencies said they grew increasingly angry as, hour by hour, they watched the Senate Judiciary Committee probe Anita Hill's sexual harassment allegations against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Yesterday, they acted. During a City Hall news conference, the ad hoc coalition denounced the all-white, all-male panel's handling of the charges made by Hill, a black University of Oklahoma law professor, and urged voters to make their displeasure known to the commonwealth's two senators and the committee chairman.
NEWS
November 5, 1987 | By Sergio R. Bustos, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Krewstown Homeowners Coalition has appealed a decision by the Zoning Board of Adjustment permitting the construction of 46 condominiums on Krewstown Road off Bustleton Avenue. Attorney Stanley R. Krakower, who was recently hired by the coalition, filed the appeal in Common Pleas Court on Monday. Krakower, who specializes in zoning law, has represented about a dozen civic associations throughout the city, including those in Burholme and Bridesburg in the Northeast. Stanley Kress, one of the coalition organizers, said the group had spent the last few weeks trying to raise money and community support for the appeal.
NEWS
March 24, 1987 | By EDWARD MORAN, Daily News Staff Writer
A coalition of community and civil rights groups has criticized the Police Study Task Force report for touching too lightly on the problem of police abuse of citizens, and urged that the city inspector general's office be authorized to investigate charges against the police. David Kairys, spokesman for the Coalition for Police Accountability, said yesterday that current procedures for dealing with police abuse are "totally inadequate," and that the subject was barely touched on in the March 11 report that recommended extensive changes in the way the police deal with the community.
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May 21, 2015 | Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the votes rolled in, the party rolled on - big, loud and growing, a celebratory scene where a son of South Philadelphia and the son of a firefighter became the presumptive next mayor of Philadelphia. In a ballroom where supporters cheered, danced, and sang along to Bruce Springsteen and the Eagles stood the real-life evidence of the unlikely coalition that Democratic nominee James F. Kenney created - Irish Catholics, cops and firefighters, gays and lesbians, building trades unions, black politicians who crossed the color line for a white candidate.
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May 21, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
James F. Kenney's impressive victory in Tuesday's Democratic primary puts him on the doorstep of the mayor's office, and not by accident. The longtime city councilman from South Philly by way of Old City crushed the competition with an expert campaign - one whose strengths could serve him well as the city's chief executive. Kenney's most promising advantage lay in his sprawling coalition of supporters. Much attention has been devoted to his union support, which is indeed deep, broad, and not without pitfalls.
NEWS
May 1, 2015 | David Gambacorta, Daily News Staff Writer
AS THE PRIMARY election season enters its final weeks, mayoral and City Council candidates will promise to solve just about any problem you can think of, especially in poor and disenfranchised communities. A coalition of local black leaders vowed yesterday to make sure those political hopefuls will walk the walk if they get into office. The Philadelphia Black Political Summit Coalition released a 20-page report containing numerous recommendations to improve the lives of minority residents in the city during a news conference at the African American Museum, at 7th and Arch streets.
NEWS
April 28, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
NASHUA, N.H. - Libertarians and conservatives have banded together in a diverse coalition to try to end New Hampshire's reputation as a RINO preserve. Calling itself the 603 Alliance after the state's area code, the group plans to stage a caucus in October to unify behind a single conservative candidate before the GOP presidential primary three months later. Organizers say they are sick of the nation's first primary anointing centrists they consider "Republicans in Name Only. " John McCain (twice)
BUSINESS
April 24, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
When was the last time anybody said, "Please raise my taxes"? But that was the message Gerard Sweeney, president and chief executive of Brandywine Realty Trust, one of the region's largest commercial real estate developers, delivered Wednesday at a news conference outside City Hall. "We're prepared to pay more to make our city grow," Sweeney said. The proposal, backed by organized labor and civic and business associations, would change the city's tax structure by increasing the tax rate for commercial real estate above the rate for homes.
NEWS
April 2, 2015 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
THE PHILADELPHIA Coalition for Affordable Communities yesterday called for a new "anti-speculation tax" that would increase the real-estate transfer tax by 1.5 percent for certain properties that are "flipped" by investors. "By increasing the Realty Transfer Tax by 1.5 percent, we could generate $12 million for the Philadelphia Housing Trust Fund every year," according to the report, titled "Development Without Displacement. " The housing trust fund provides money, usually to community development corporations or other nonprofits, to develop new affordable housing and help existing homeowners make critical repairs.
NEWS
February 20, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
A coalition of civil liberties and antidiscrimination groups has joined with prosecutors, police, medical professionals, and political activists to launch a campaign to make New Jersey the next state in the nation to legalize marijuana. Under the name New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform, the coalition includes the state chapters of the ACLU and the NAACP; Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, and the president of the state Municipal Prosecutors Association, which last year voted in favor of legalization for adults.
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January 27, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. Mark Tyler awoke before dawn Tuesday, invigorated by the giant protest that had shut down Center City the previous day - and ready to confront the question on everyone's mind: What's next? Through weeks of planning, he and other organizers promised the Martin Luther King's Birthday march would be just the start, the public launch of a new movement to bring concrete change to Philadelphia. But protest can be a limited tactic, and even the best-led social movements can fizzle.
NEWS
December 5, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
WHEN NEIGHBORS and alumni of Germantown High School in the spring of 2013 began discussing possible uses for the shuttered school, the community rallied around one idea: another school. But there were myriad questions - what structure the school would take, how it would be funded and so on. Then a glimmer of hope appeared in October when the Philadelphia School District announced it would accept new applications for charter schools for the first time since 2008, as part of the deal on the city's new $2 cigarette tax. The community coalition was one of 40 groups that submitted an application.
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September 25, 2014 | BY BARBARA LAKER, Daily News Staff Writer lakerb@phillynews.com, 215-854-5933
THE DAYS of "Father Knows Best" are a distant memory. In the end, it was hit-and-miss whether father knew best anyway, back in the simpler, three-channel, black-and-white tube TV days. But he was there. Today, in Philly, where 44 percent of children live in homes without an adult male or father, they suffer for it - now and in the future, the Philadelphia Strong Families Coalition has concluded. The coalition yesterday released a report entitled "Child Well-Being in Philadelphia, Profiles of Children, Families & Fathers," recommending that systemic barriers be eliminated to include men in their children's lives.
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