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Heartbroken; but our spirit and commitment to justice remains unbroken

Across the nation, and here at home in Philly, the events of the past weeks have been devastating. The brutal and senseless murder of George Floyd, following the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor; the righteous anger over police practices and systemic racism that led to their deaths, and many who preceded them; the charged confrontations ...

Testimony Regarding Proposed Annual Action Plan (City Fiscal Year 2021/HUD Program Year 2020)

We bear witness to the devastation of anger-fueled theft and fire on our commercial corridors and the perhaps irreparable harm done to businesses owned by African-Americans, other people of color, immigrants and other local entrepreneurs who had invested their hearts and souls into their businesses. Let us call out by name the underlying causes of ...

Philadelphia’s recovery from COVID-19 must put housing first

Philadelphia’s recovery from COVID-19 must put housing first. As critical first steps, the federal CARES Act has provided Philadelphia with $41 million for homelessness and housing, and City Council members have introduced bills to protect renters from further economic fallout.