July 18, 2016 |
WHOEVER THOUGHT that urban farming was a way to demonstrate that black lives matter - just as much as everyone else's? The youth who started Life Do Grow Farm in North Philadelphia thought so. They say "the farm," as they call it, is about more than just growing food. It's about community building and changing the neighborhood surrounding the farm on 11th Street near Dakota, a few blocks north of Temple University. "Going to these protests [such as for Black Lives Matter]
June 27, 2016
Paper Paging Through History By Mark Kurlansky W.W. Norton. 416 pp. $27.95. Reviewed by Michael D. Schaffer Mark Kurlansky has created a niche writing about things that we take for granted. Cod , his briny and brainy "biography of the fish that changed the world," won a James Beard Award for Excellence in Food Writing in 1999. He has written about salt and oysters and frozen food, all with a flair that can make the mundane mesmerizing.
October 3, 2015 |
Philadelphia artists Billy and Steven Dufala are known for their unusual creations made from unusual, mostly recycled, materials. Like the 14 tricycles made out of repurposed toilets for a race that was part of the 2005 Fringe Festival, and the cardboard tank they rolled through the city one afternoon in 2004. (That tank is not to be confused with their ice cream truck tank, via which they served treats in 2006.) Their project for October's Open Source series will see them using aluminum to make functional pieces, like numbers to indicate home addresses.
September 27, 2014 |
On Saturday, a number of Philadelphia poets will unite to change the world, one poem at a time. Two poetry readings at different venues in the area will be part of the international 100 Thousand Poets for Change movement. From 2 to 5 p.m. at the Green Line Cafe, 43d Street and Baltimore Avenue, the Moonstone Arts Center and poet Leonard Gontarek, in conjunction with Peace/Works, will host Three Dozen Poets for Change, a free event. And at 5 at the Brandywine Workshop, 728 S. Broad St., Larry Robin, founder of Moonstone, will collaborate with the Clef Club and Work for Progress in America on 100 Poets for Change, also free.
July 22, 2014 |
Harriet Jane Green, 73, of Philadelphia, who worked behind the scenes to bring about social change by connecting her vast array of friends and acquaintances, died Friday, July 18, of multiple myeloma at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Ms. Green stopped all medical treatment July 10, telling family members and her doctor that she wanted to "sail the ocean blue. " While Ms. Green's occupation was selling alternate energy sources to area homes, schools, and businesses, her passion was fighting for social and political change at the local level.
May 1, 2014
KATLYN GRASSO, 20, a Wharton School junior, is CEO and founder of GenHERation, an online leadership portal for high school girls. GenHERation provides girls with an opportunity to work with national corporations and nonprofits to become catalysts for social change. Grasso has raised about $25,000 from various Wharton grants and venture funds to start up GenHERation. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for GenHERation? A: I've always been passionate about helping girls achieve personally and professionally.
December 9, 2012 |
Jon Kest, 57, a social activist and founder of the Philadelphia chapter of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), died Wednesday, Dec. 5, of liver cancer at his home in Brooklyn, N.Y. Born in New York City, Mr. Kest graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in history. He remained in Philadelphia after his graduation and became an advocate for the less fortunate. Through his work with ACORN, in conjunction with the Kensington Joint Action Council, Mr. Kest led an effort to transfer the titles of abandoned houses to low-income families in the early 1980s.
December 8, 2011
I GET IT. During a season when the Eagles have failed so miserably to meet their on-field expectations, it's hard for fans to get excited about their continued success off the field. When Philadelphia has been waiting for 51 years for the Eagles to bring home another NFL championship, the organization winning an international competition for commitment to community service and social change isn't going to inspire a parade down Broad Street. The award that Eagles Youth Partnership executive director Sarah Martinez-Helfman received for the organization yesterday in South Africa as the Beyond Sport Team of the Year has little resemblance to the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy as Super Bowl champion.
October 9, 2011 |
SPENCER, Iowa - Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry stepped more deeply into the tricky issue of Social Security on Saturday, saying he was open to raising the age for receiving benefits and limiting them for upper-income people. The Texas governor told an Iowa audience "it makes sense" to increase the eligibility age because Americans are living longer. The age for full benefits is now 65 to 67, depending on one's date of birth. He also said it may be time to limit payments for higher-income people, known as means-testing.