? Want this daily digest emailed to you? Sign up for the free Billy Penn newsletter and it’ll land in your inbox every morning.

Getting involved in Philly Democratic politics isn’t always easy

A wave of young progressives have been getting more active in Philly politics, with many starting on the ground floor by running for committeeperson.

  • But a “wait-your-turn” mentality among the city’s established Democratic Party can make the organizations that form the bedrock of hyperlocal government an unwelcoming place.

Some attempts to run against the establishment have gotten contentious. Digging into the data, Lizzy McLellan Ravitch explains the dynamics at play.

How to get a Philly library card, and everything you can do with it

In addition to the books in its many branches (which will hopefully extend their hours), the Free Library of Philadelphia has a ton of resources for card-holders.

  • Anyone who lives, works, or attends school in Philly can apply for a card, online or in person, using anything from a driver’s license to a utility bill, a lease, or an employee ID.

Asha Prihar explains how to sign up, and what you can access, from resume assistance to German lessons, and banjo rentals to homework help.

RECAP: What else happened?

$ = paywalled

Weekly brief on gun violence prevention (with PCGVR)

We publish this report each week in partnership with the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting at the Community College of Philadelphia. 

By the numbers in Philadelphia

  • 29: Shooting victims recorded last week so far, vs. 68 the week prior. [@PCGVR via City Controller]
  • 1,349: Shooting victims this year, up 1% from last year [PCGVR]
  • 309: Year-to-date homicides, down 2% from last year; up 64% vs. five years ago [Philly Police]


Mayor Kenney joins members of Council at City Hall for a ceremonial signing of the bills that will change city tax laws (2:30 p.m.).

These include boosting the Homestead Exemption from $45,000 to $80,000, and adding funding to the Longtime Owner Occupants Program (LOOP). You can only enroll in one, and an Inquirer investigation showed it’s not always easy to figure out which will save you more money.


? ConsenSIS, the new collab between former Philly poet laureates Trapeta B. Mayson and Yolanda Wisher, hosts a free reading at Awbury Arboretum celebrating Black women and femme poets. (2:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 30)

? The 15th annual East Passyunk Car Show and Festival takes over the avenue between Broad and Dickinson Streets, with nearly 200 classic cars on display and street food from River Twice. Juana Tamale, and more. (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 31)

? Sip & Stitch lands at the Bourse for a beginner’s embroidery workshop. Tickets are $50 — hoop, needle, and spiked milkshake included. (1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 31)