August 20, 2016
By Patrick J. Morgan and Pedro A. Ramos There's great post-convention buzz in the city right now. But what did one important audience - the next generation of voters - see and experience? What were they thinking as they witnessed this unusual presidential election year? Providing young people with a voice is essential to building a strong democracy into the future. It is also important in creating a culture of civic engagement in Philadelphia and building a community of problem-solvers who are committed to shaping their city.
August 20, 2016 |
Members of Local 8 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) approved penalties levied against two former officers, Anthony Tortorice Sr., vice president of Local 8, and his son, Jonathan Tortorice, the secretary-treasurer, the union's lawyer said. The union met on Thursday. The two were dismissed in June after the Pennsylvania Convention Center and the union itself began an investigation into an alleged overbilling scheme by the some of the union's top officers.
August 4, 2016
ISSUE | HOST CITY Top-notch police work A tip of the hat to the Philadelphia Police Department ("Police kept the peace," Saturday). As a former assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, I have participated in the planning of dozens of large-scale international events. In this post-9/11 era, with the threat of terrorism looming over our shoulders, Philadelphia police balanced huge security issues with the freedoms protected in this great nation. The police deserve a huge "Thank you. " and the city should be proud of their performance.
August 2, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Philly shines on national stage Now that we've said goodbye to the 50,000 guests who descended on Philadelphia for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, we wanted to reflect on its spectacular success and thank the many Philadelphians who enabled us to host it so well. We had the opportunity to mingle and talk with thousands of delegates, journalists, elected officials, and visitors. Their near-unanimous verdict: Philadelphia was a great host.
July 30, 2016 |
The Barnes Foundation has been booked this week with a string of parties related to the Democratic National Convention. "Normally, July private events are few, so this is a tremendous increase in activity," Barnes spokeswoman Deirdre Maher said. Hotels were nearly full, streets around the Pennsylvania Convention Center and City Hall bustled with pedestrians, and some restaurants were booked by out-of-towners for the entire week. Does this mean that the convention, which brought an estimated 50,000 people to Philadelphia - about the same as for the annual Army-Navy football game - was an economic boon for the region?
July 28, 2016 |
A FORMER Harrisburg city councilman was arrested in Philadelphia this week and charged with stealing Democratic National Convention parking passes, media passes, and food vouchers, according to the District Attorney's Office. Brad Koplinski is accused of using a press pass from last week's Republican National Convention in Cleveland to enter the Pennsylvania Convention Center last weekend and take an assortment of DNC passes from boxes, according to Cameron Kline, spokesman for the D.A.'s Office.
July 28, 2016
She was beautiful. She was magnificent. And in four riveting, I'm-not-playin' minutes, she schooled the world that disabled people don't want the able-bodied to speak for them. They want the able-bodied to listen to them and respect their equal right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If you missed Anastasia Somoza's speech at the Democratic National Convention, Google it and grab the Kleenex. You'll be moved by the dignity and ferocity of Somoza, 32, a disability-rights advocate who was born with cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia.
July 25, 2016 |
It won't be like when the pope came to town. Sure, there are protests planned, cracks in some SEPTA trains, and any number of presidential motorcades whizzing through Philadelphia. But all in all, officials say, getting around the region during this week's Democratic National Convention shouldn't be too difficult. Shuttle buses, subways, and Ubers will move guests at the convention, and all of it should only mildly inconvenience people who couldn't care less that the donkeys are in town, organizers say. They plan to close streets only around the stadiums and keep highways open to passenger autos.
July 14, 2016 |
I'VE HAD A lot of emotions in the last few days, given all of the political unrest and demonstrations over the back-to-back fatal police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota. Rage. Shock. Sadness. Disbelief. Then I wandered over to the big African Methodist Episcopal Church conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, which ends Wednesday, and found another emotion creeping up. Discomfort. I started feeling that after I struck up a conversation with the Rev. Lekubela Moobi of South Africa, whom I found relaxing on a couch between sessions.