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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
- After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Democrats running for office in Pa. got a huge boost in fundraising, including a more than 250% boost for Senate candidate Fetterman. [Inquirer$]
- West Chester is moving forward a plan to restore commuter train service to Philly, which the Chester County suburb hasn’t had since 1986. [WHYY]
- The Sharswood neighborhood gets its first supermarket since the 1960s when a new Grocery Outlet opens Thursday on Ridge Avenue. [Tribune$]
- Wawa has agreed to put better data protection measures in place after a 2019 breach, following a $8 million settlement with state attorneys general. [KYW]
- Update on Choco Taco’s pending disappearance: Klondike said yesterday on Twitter the company may try to bring it back to ice cream trucks in the “coming years.” [Billy Penn/@Klondikebar]
Weekly brief on gun violence prevention (with PCGVR)
- “Philly Block by Block” is a new campaign from WURD to push for strategies shown to immediately reduce gun violence: restoring vacant lots, cleaning up trash, planting more trees, and fixing houses. [ecoWURD]
- Philly hospitals developed new procedures for transporting injured people from cars, because most of the city’s shooting victims don’t arrive in an ambulance — they come by police cruiser or private car. [Inquirer$]
- CHOP created a memorial garden at the Karabots Center for Pediatric Care in West Philly to honor the lives of gun violence victims and raise awareness of the public health crisis. [6ABC/WHYY]
- Pew Charitable Trusts awarded $4.25 million to Philly nonprofits for gun violence prevention, including a big $3.5 million chunk to the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative to create 2,500 jobs, plus smaller amounts to CHOP, Temple, and Drexel. [Capital-Star]
- The uncle of a teen shot and killed this month wants to meet with Mayor Kenney to offer insights on possible ways to reduce shootings in the city. [Fox29]
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.
ON THE CALENDAR
🌳 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)