June 21, 2016 |
"We're going to rebuild our inner cities, which are absolutely a shame and so sad. We're going to take care of our African-American people that have been mistreated for so long. " - Donald Trump, June 7, 2016 I AM on record for attacking Trump for some of the most bigoted and racist statements he has made over the course of this presidential election; however, if he says something of extreme importance that acknowledges the plight of the African-American community, I have a moral obligation to respond to that, as well.
June 17, 2016 |
In a strip mall in Kissimmee, a small city just south of Orlando that is home to a large Hispanic community, flowers and religious candles fill the sidewalk in front of Juan and Luis' beauty salon. "Juan and Luis, two humans of love. You will be in our hearts," reads one of the Magic Marker remembrances taped to the window. Shy Juan Rivera Velasquez, 37, who cut hair and met customers with a kiss and a hug. Outgoing Luis Daniel Conde, 39, who turned the techno up loud and moved to the music as he managed the shop.
June 16, 2016 |
ORLANDO - From the moment massacres like the one Sunday morning at Pulse occur, we try to decipher what lay in the heart of the murderers who commit them. We search for motive because motive helps fit these tragedies into categories. We think we can understand them if we can check the right box. Which particular warped worldview did our latest mass killer subscribe to? Sometimes it's clear. Most of the time it's not. Sometimes you get a case like this one, which lies at the very intersection of many of our country's darkest ills.
June 14, 2016 |
After receiving straight A's her first semester at Rutgers University, Katie E. Keane left for community college. A month before Keane graduated high school in 2012, her father attempted suicide. Keane thought she could handle starting college on top of the personal stress — and on paper, academically, she had. But she ended the semester mentally exhausted, physically sick, and emotionally fragmented. "So when it came to January, when it was time to start again, I just said ‘I can't do this right now,' " Keane said.
June 14, 2016 |
Leaders in Philadelphia's gay community were horrified and heartbroken Sunday by the pre-dawn shooting rampage at a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 50 people and wounded 53 more, the worst mass shooting in American history. Through shock and anger, fears and resolve, they universally described the massacre as feeling personal and terrifying, like an attack on the entire LGBT community. "It's a reminder that as much progress as the gay community has made, there's still an incredible amount of pushback and hate in America," said Malcolm Lazin, founder of the Equality Forum, an LGBT civil rights group based in Philadelphia.
June 10, 2016 |
REPORTERS DON'T cry. At least that's what I kept telling myself as I tried to keep from tearing up while Shawn Aleong talked about living with an intellectual disability. "Believe it or not, some people still have that mind-set that - excuse my language - we are retarded, that we are slow, that we don't know what we're doing," said Aleong, 28. "And I always say, 'Why, because they think that we have a disability, do they think we are not capable?' A disability is not a handicap, it's not a disease.
June 9, 2016 |
Community College of Philadelphia plans a pair of new residential towers beside its Spring Garden Street campus to accommodate a hoped-for influx of high-achieving - and higher-paying - international students. The two-year public college has selected Wayne-based Radnor Property Group to develop the roughly 500-unit, 11-story complex at 15th and Hamilton Streets, with plans for a mix of student and nonstudent housing. CCP joins a small but growing list of community colleges nationwide that are looking abroad for an antidote to sinking enrollments.
May 30, 2016
On May 11, the Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia hosted its 18th annual Evening in the Park fund-raiser. More than 200 attended. The group supports men, women, and children living with cancer by offering free counseling, music therapy, support groups, educational workshops, exercise classes, and specialized programs for children and teens. The event recognized outstanding individuals who have supported the cause, including Iliana Strauss, presented the Inspiration Award; Joseph Robbins, who took home the Courage Award; the Chavez-Theiss family, given the Gilda Radner Award; BP Business Solutions, which received the Community Impact Award; and Corey Langer, oncologist, honored with the Ann Silverman Award.
May 28, 2016
"The Architecture of Francis Kéré: Building for Community," part of the Creative Africa exhibit. Through Sept. 25, in the Collab Gallery and the Skylit Atrium at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Perelman Building.
May 26, 2016
By Michelle Feldman and Beth McConnell No matter the neighborhood, Philadelphians are frustrated by the constant battle against litter and illegal dumping. Our neighborhood commercial corridors, residential blocks, parks, and playgrounds should be clean and free of debris that is unattractive and unsafe, and can hinder economic development and community pride. Active and engaged residents and businesses that work to improve our neighborhoods, including community-based organizations ranging from civic associations to community development corporations and business improvement districts, need support to win the battle against litter.