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Getting ‘fleeced’? Philadelphia workers are pushing for change

As workers in the U.S. face two potential futures, a movement of change is rising in Philadelphia.

  • There’s progress toward better conditions and wages catching up to the cost of living, but inflation continues to outpace income. The Economic Policy Institute calls the trend “quiet fleecing.”

How does that figure into the Art Museum strike and the Great Resignation? Lizzy McLellan Ravitch explains.

Striking workers picket outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art while it hosts a press preview of an upcoming Matisse exhibit. The union reached a temporary agreement with management two days later. Credit: Emma Lee / WHYY

Peoplehood Parade returns to West Philly with music and art

Philadelphians have a knack for putting a unique spin on parades, and Saturday’s Peoplehood Parade in West Philadelphia was no different

  • At this Spiral Q event, which started back in 2000, it doesn’t matter what you look like or where you come from — or even if folks can’t quite pin down your origin story (like Gritty, who was represented).

Photographer Tieshka Smith was there for Billy Penn, capturing the vibe of the annual art party.

The event was founded by Spiral Q in 2000 Credit: Tieshka Smith for Billy Penn

RECAP: What else happened?

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  • Senate candidate Mehmet Oz, who’d be the first Muslim U.S. senator, told NBC News he opposes mandatory minimum prison sentences and supports Biden’s marijuana pardons. [ABC/NBC]
  • The parallel NBC News segment with John Fetterman sparked outcry among disability advocates for focusing on the candidate’s need for closed captions, instead of the issues. [Billy Penn]
  • Why do Philly streets get so many potholes? Partly because of how mid-Atlantic weather fluctuates, with repeated cycles of freezes and thaws. [WHYY’s The Pulse]
  • Penn senior Elizabeth Meisenzahl competed on “Jeopardy!” last week, coming in second place and taking home a $2,000 prize. [Daily Pennsylvanian]
  • Opera Philadelphia gets major props as the “most vital alternative to the Met on the East Coast.” [New Yorker]
  • The Eagles beat Dallas last night to go 6-0 on the season and remain the only undefeated NFL team. Also unique in the league: the Birds’ logo is only one that faces left,may or may not be so an “E” can hide in the design. [@ProFootballHOF/Bleeding Green]
  • Can the weird and magical run of Philadelphia teams doing well continue? Tickets for Phillies NLCS games at Citizens Bank Park go on sale today at 10 a.m. [MLB]

The story you didn’t read

Highlighting good BP articles few people clicked on ?

  • Temple is still planning to hold classes on Election Day — despite a student-led push for the university to cancel instruction and deploy some of its resources to help students and other Philadelphians get to their polling places.


Jim Kenney has nothing on the public mayoral schedule today.


? October BP Quizzo is sponsored by Mighty Writers! Join us for a night of Philly trivia at Hawthornes in Bella Vista. Win prizes and enjoy happy hour specials with bonus questions about the Big Read program. Free RSVP. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19)

?Green Philly hosts the annual SustainPHL awards at the Academy of Natural Sciences, where your $75 ticket includes an open bar, food, and the chance to see environmentalists honored for their work. (6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20)

? Calling all Bloody Mary fans: Northern Liberties bars host a Monster Mash challenge. Can you drink all nine Halloween-inspired versions of the brunch specialty? (Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22-23)