By Samaria Bailey | philadelphia.chalkbeat.org Language barriers, cultural differences and technological hurdles abound for student population In mid-March, some 200,000 Philadelphia students were sent home from their public schools due to the coronavirus, with hopes they would return two weeks later. That didn’t happen, and the buildings have been shuttered ever since. From Northeast to [...]
By Hadriana Lowenkron | The Plug One Philadelphia tech nonprofit’s latest initiative has big plans to fight such inequity, and with a recent round of funding, it just might succeed. As the coronavirus pandemic catapults society into a digital-first future, it lays bare racial, social, and economic disparities borne out of the historic exclusion of Black [...]
Brings the City’s direct support for small businesses to $38.7 million and for rental assistance to $39.4 million since start of the pandemic PHILADELPHIA – The Kenney Administration and Philadelphia City Council today announced a new commitment of $30 million dollars in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to aid renters and [...]
By Hadriana Lowenkron | The Plug As talks of a second stimulus check and other federal economic relief efforts for businesses continue to stall, four major Black chambers, in conjunction with other enterprises in the private sector, have taken it upon themselves to aid in the effort to assist Black-owned small businesses with regaining capital [...]
Philadelphia becomes the largest city in the United States to pass such a ban PHILADELPHIA—Today, City Council passed a ban on police use of “less lethal” munitions in response to demonstrations and other activity protected by the first amendment, introduced by Councilmember Helen Gym and cosponsored by every member of the Public Safety Committee. The [...]
Associated Press | The Philadelphia Tribune Police shot and killed a 27-year-old Black man on a Philadelphia street Monday afternoon after yelling at him to drop his knife. The shooting occurred before 4 p.m. as officers responded to a report of a person with a weapon, police spokesperson Tanya Little said. Officers were called to [...]
The star-studded voting rights music video, “I Have a Right To Vote”  features “Hamilton” original cast member Christopher Jackson, tennis great Billie Jean King, entertainer Billy Porter, chef Carla Hall, Hill Harper, Ebony Jo-Ann, Ryan Jamaal Swain (from F/X Network’s POSE)  and others reciting the words of voting rights icons including John Lewis, Frederick Douglass [...]
In June, Sara Lomax-Reese told attendees as a keynote speaker of the annual Institute for Nonprofit News conference something that many people intuitively know, but don’t often crystalize into action: “Black media—and my expertise is in Black media—is an endangered species. If there's not a wholesale investment in reviving and supporting and providing resources to Black-owned media, [...]
Press Release | CoveringClimateNow.Org The Guardian, VICE Media Group, NBC News, NowThis, and Covering Climate Now announce “First-Time Voter Youth Takeover Day” to launch week of Climate Politics 2020 coverage. To kick off Covering Climate Now’s week of US elections coverage September 21 to 28, some of the world’s leading news organizations will share their [...]

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