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Support our mission by becoming a member at https://thephiladelphiacitizen.org/donate The Philadelphia Citizen is the region’s only member-supported, nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization with an emphasis on covering civic solutions and stimulating action to move the city forward. We do this in a variety of ways:

• Solutions-based journalism: Our daily coverage provides context, not j

Support our mission by becoming a member at https://thephiladelphiacitizen.org/donate The Philadelphia Citizen is the region’s only member-supported, nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization with an emphasis on covering civic solutions and stimulating action to move the city forward. We do this in a variety of ways:

• Solutions-based journalism: Our daily coverage provides context, not j

Operating as usual

“At a time when most of us are looking forward to getting back to normal, the last 18 months have confirmed that our stu...
07/16/2021
Will the School District squander the $1.1 billion stimulus windfall?

“At a time when most of us are looking forward to getting back to normal, the last 18 months have confirmed that our students and schools need and deserve something very different."

After a history of management snafus under Superintendent Bill Hite, will we be able to seize this potentially transformative moment?

“The energy unleashed in St. Louis over this past year reminds us of the quintessentially American penchant for reinvent...
07/15/2021
Philly could learn from this groundbreaking jobs plan in St. Louis

“The energy unleashed in St. Louis over this past year reminds us of the quintessentially American penchant for reinvention. During disruptive times, places that are organized can reinvent themselves and leapfrog ahead of others.”

Bruce Katz examines an ambitious plan from civic and business leaders in St. Louis that could turnaround the iconic midwestern city.

36 million Americans, like Phillies announcer John Kruk, have earned some college credits but no degree. Educator and lo...
07/15/2021
It’s time to re-enroll adults—including John Kruk—in higher education

36 million Americans, like Phillies announcer John Kruk, have earned some college credits but no degree. Educator and longtime college president Elaine Maimon suggests that it’s time to honor what they have learned in life and help them attain degrees.

36 million Americans have earned some college credits but no degree. Let's honor what they have learned in life and help them attain degrees.

Good times tonight at our Innovation in Education event @fitlerclub.
07/15/2021

Good times tonight at our Innovation in Education event @fitlerclub.

Educator-activist Sharif El-Mekki offers ways schools can take action to demonstrate a commitment to anti-racism — somet...
07/13/2021
5 ways to support Black students and teachers—meaningfully

Educator-activist Sharif El-Mekki offers ways schools can take action to demonstrate a commitment to anti-racism — something he says is essential for reducing pandemic-related learning loss.

Here are some ways schools can take action and demonstrate a commitment to anti-racism that is essential for reducing pandemic learning loss.

With the new Census block group data expected to be released next month, a six-month countdown is about to begin for Cit...
07/13/2021
Can we trust City Council when redistricting talks begin this fall?

With the new Census block group data expected to be released next month, a six-month countdown is about to begin for City Council to draw new maps for the 10 Council districts.

This fall, will we be looking at contentious redistricting debates in City Hall as members vie to hold onto their strongest voting blocs?

St. Louis-based nonprofit LaunchCode has recently come to Philly to fuel our tech talent pipeline, with training and job...
07/12/2021
LaunchPad comes to Philly to help build our city's tech talent pipeline

St. Louis-based nonprofit LaunchCode has recently come to Philly to fuel our tech talent pipeline, with training and job placement that support marginalized candidates.

LaunchCode has recently come to Philly to fuel our tech talent pipeline, with training and job placement that support marginalized candidates.

We’ve teamed up with Comcast and  Fitler Club on an exciting event series that brings together local and national leader...
07/12/2021
Philadelphia Citizen, Fitler Club, Comcast launch exciting new event series

We’ve teamed up with Comcast and Fitler Club on an exciting event series that brings together local and national leaders to explore solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing our city and our country — and the opportunity that comes with it.

The groundbreaking programming brings together local and national leaders to recontextualize how democracy flourishes in a modern Philly.

"It is beyond me that a story about phantom corruption like this can appear in the same newspaper that endorsed for reel...
07/09/2021
Why can't David Cohen and Amy Gutmann be ambassadors?

"It is beyond me that a story about phantom corruption like this can appear in the same newspaper that endorsed for reelection a sitting City Councilman who is under federal indictment," writes Larry Platt.

Larry Platt weighs in on an Inquirer news story that raises questions about the sunken state of our public conversation.

Meet us at Fitler Club next week as we welcome three of the most forward-thinking educators we know for a public discour...
07/08/2021
Hear from education innovators on new ways to teach our youth July 14

Meet us at Fitler Club next week as we welcome three of the most forward-thinking educators we know for a public discourse about how to rethink our classrooms. We hope it’s the start of the type of education discussion we *should* all be having all the time.

Cutting edge disruptors Carlos Moreno, Sylvester Mobley and Heidi Ramirez gather for a public discourse about how to rethink education.

In his new book, Penn professor Joseph Turow warns about a growing smart tech industry determined to use our voices in w...
07/08/2021
Beware of voice assistants like Siri and Alexa, says Penn professor

In his new book, Penn professor Joseph Turow warns about a growing smart tech industry determined to use our voices in ways that should alarm us. It’s not too late to take back control.

In his new book, Penn professor Joseph Turow warns about a growing smart tech industry that he says is using your own voice against you.

It took two requests and an Office of Open Records ruling before the School District of Philadelphia released data to a ...
07/08/2021
Why is the School District hiding number of failed classes during Covid?

It took two requests and an Office of Open Records ruling before the School District of Philadelphia released data to a local reporter about the increase in students failing classes last year. How can we solve a problem we're not allowed to see?

The School District of Philadelphia has released data showing the number of students who have failed at least one class in a marking period in the last three years. The move by the District comes after it asserted it did not maintain the data in response to two (one, two) different Right to Know Law...

This historian’s new book about the 1844 riots, policing and nativism in Philly reminds us that this democracy has alway...
07/07/2021
Zachary Schrag on his new book and its lens on protecting democracy

This historian’s new book about the 1844 riots, policing and nativism in Philly reminds us that this democracy has always been fractured, fragile—and worth protecting.

A historian’s look at 1844 riots, policing and nativism in Philly reminds us that this democracy has always been fractured, fragile—and worth protecting

“For many issues, there is no grey area. There is a right and wrong. But the recreational vehicle situation in Philly is...
07/07/2021
How to find a middle ground on dirt bikes in Philadelphia | OPINION

“For many issues, there is no grey area. There is a right and wrong. But the recreational vehicle situation in Philly is one of those blessed spots where, with some serious dialogue and commitment to establishing a bit more bureaucracy, something special could be achieved.”

What to do about ATVs and dirt bikes is a perennial debate in Philadelphia. Here, an idea for settling it once and for all.

“This is about challenging the fundamental assumptions about what your money is supposed to do—which is to get maximum r...
07/06/2021
New Philly funds will invest over $350 million to make social change

“This is about challenging the fundamental assumptions about what your money is supposed to do—which is to get maximum return,” says Impact PHL's Cory Donovan. “But what if your money is doing more harm faster than you can give back to do good?” http://ow.ly/jRi350Fozt4

At least 10 new venture funds launching this year will make Philly the social impact investment capital of the country.

"Oh, there have been revolutions before and since ours. But those revolutions simply exchanged one set of rules for anot...
07/05/2021
Independence Day is more than BBQs and mattress sales

"Oh, there have been revolutions before and since ours. But those revolutions simply exchanged one set of rules for another. Ours was a revolution that changed the very concept of government." —Ronald Reagan
http://ow.ly/RMLd50FozeW

July 4th means different things to different Americans. Here, a roundup of Independence Day perspectives throughout our history

"Had I the ability, and could reach the nation's ear, I would, today, pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasti...
07/05/2021
Independence Day is more than BBQs and mattress sales

"Had I the ability, and could reach the nation's ear, I would, today, pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke. For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder." —Frederick Douglass. http://ow.ly/jg2650FozbS

July 4th means different things to different Americans. Here, a roundup of Independence Day perspectives throughout our history

Tonight! The big mamma-jamma of all local fireworks displays, the Wawa Welcome America Fireworks Spectacular over the Be...
07/04/2021
All the best things to do in Philadelphia right now

Tonight! The big mamma-jamma of all local fireworks displays, the Wawa Welcome America Fireworks Spectacular over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, lasts from 9:45 to 10pm. http://ow.ly/JGjB50Foz5C

Fireworks over the Parkway, a concert at the Mann Center, Wawa Hoagie Day and more ways to celebrate July 4 weekend in Philly. 🎆

"Before the Chamber of Commerce, there was The National Negro Business League, founded by Booker T. Washington, who argu...
07/02/2021
Richard Vague’s new book on business is a story of American greatness

"Before the Chamber of Commerce, there was The National Negro Business League, founded by Booker T. Washington, who argued that the answer to racial discrimination was primarily economic and that African American entrepreneurship could change the country and the world." http://ow.ly/eXNS50FnB3X

Philly’s modern-day renaissance man has published the first-ever definitive history of U.S. business—and it's uplifting.

"I wanted to make sure other Black women had that experience, to really connect to other Black women who had been throug...
07/02/2021
Philly’s Nalaverse offers wellness classes by and for Black women

"I wanted to make sure other Black women had that experience, to really connect to other Black women who had been through it, and were really passionate about mindfulness,” says Nalaverse cofounder Theresa Shropshire. http://ow.ly/2yXR50FmH1b

Two Philly entrepreneurs launched a new platform that rethinks what wellness looks like, who it’s for, and how it can be accessed by everyone

@sixers CEO @ScottONeil announced his resignation today—at our event with him last week, we got the scoop on the values ...
06/30/2021
Watch: Book Club with (former) Sixers CEO Scott O'Neil - The Philadelphia Citizen

@sixers CEO @ScottONeil announced his resignation today—at our event with him last week, we got the scoop on the values that are dear to him outside of the boardroom, and what pursuits could lie ahead for this larger-than-life leader. http://ow.ly/Omq250Fm4vh

Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils CEO Scott O’Neil gives himself until noon the day after a loss to be miserable—and then he flips a switch. At least, that’s what he did after the Sixers crushing playoff loss. “I’ve learned to handle losing differently,” he said in the opening rem...

“I just feel like the government is not going to save us, the establishment isn’t gonna get it done,” says Tech-up co-fo...
06/30/2021
Tech-up’s Salesforce training helps a group of locals in poverty find jobs

“I just feel like the government is not going to save us, the establishment isn’t gonna get it done,” says Tech-up co-founder Tim Thornton. “If we’re gonna make a difference, we have to do it together. It has to have that communal connection.” http://ow.ly/5tv350FlVwK

Tim Thornton and Sandeep Banga are using Salesforce training to help bring a group of West Philadelphians out of poverty. Next up: Jobs

In the sixth episode of Philly Under Fire, our podcast on gun violence, we hear from victims—and the heroes at Northwest...
06/29/2021
How supporting victims can stop the rise in gun deaths | PODCAST

In the sixth episode of Philly Under Fire, our podcast on gun violence, we hear from victims—and the heroes at Northwest Victim Services and Healing Hurt People. Hear survivors share their stories below and tonight, 6-8pm at Life After Gun Violence, hosted by #disabilitypridepa. Register here: http://bit.ly/DisabilityPride2021. #DPPgunviolence, #gunviolencephilly https://thephiladelphiacitizen.org/philly-under-fire-episode-6/

This episode looks at how supporting the victims of gun violence and their families can help stop the transmission of violence.

“I must express my own irritation, my own agitation, over the structural barriers that have existed before now in receiv...
06/29/2021
Is a Philly vaccination collaborative a roadmap to equitable healthcare?

“I must express my own irritation, my own agitation, over the structural barriers that have existed before now in receiving health care... But even with that, I would ask that you share in this effort. We will help you do it... Blessings be upon you.” Rev. William J. Shaw of White Rock Baptist Church ://thephiladelphiacitizen.org/medicine-of-and-for-the-people/

Penn and West Philly faith leaders joined together to bring vaccines directly to Black residents. What are the lessons learned?

“I and many other Black physicians have unique insights and understanding of the historical and ongoing way that racism ...
06/29/2021
Is a Philly vaccination collaborative a roadmap to equitable healthcare?

“I and many other Black physicians have unique insights and understanding of the historical and ongoing way that racism impacts or manifests within our institution,” says Dr. Eugenia South, “and also what's happening in the community and the structural barriers that are patterned by race in this country that shape neighborhoods, that shape the distribution of resources.” http://ow.ly/ftge50FkPMR

Penn and West Philly faith leaders joined together to bring vaccines directly to Black residents. What are the lessons learned?

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