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Lenfest gives $1.5M to Philly orgs to help democracy work better

A changing of the guard is coming to Philadelphia with the 2023 elections. Who will choose the city’s new leaders? Ideally, as many people as possible.

  • That’s the essence of democracy, and it’s the goal behind a new initiative from the Lenfest Institute, which is granting $1.5 million to 52 local organizations, including Billy Penn.

Originally called “The Next Mayor,” it’s now “Every Voice, Every Vote” — and you’ll be seeing the logo all over. Find out more about the project here.

The ‘Every Voice, Every Vote’ project is funding community organizations and news outlets with the goal of engaging more Philadelphians in the 2023 municipal elections Credit: Logo: Lenfest Institute; Skyline: Mark Henninger / Imagic Digital

‘A Philly Special Christmas’: Eagles album really is special

Your favorite Christmas music this year might come from an unexpected source: the Philadelphia Eagles.

  • Jason Kelce, Lane Johnson, and Jordan Mailata teamed up with Philly musicians and personalities over the summer to record holiday classics, from “Blue Christmas” to “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

Asha Prihar has a track-by-track review and look at the making of the album, which is available for streaming Dec. 23.

‘A Philly Special Christmas’ is out on limited-release vinyl and will be streaming online Credit: Andrew Singh Prihar for Billy Penn

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Noodle soup at Banh Mi and Bottles on South Street Credit: Danya Henninger / Billy Penn

Weekly brief on gun violence prevention (with PCGVR)

We publish this report each week in partnership with the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting

By the numbers in Philadelphia

  • 25: Shooting victims recorded last week, vs. 27 the week prior. [City Controller via @PCGVR]
  • 2,183: Shooting victims this year, even with last year’s pace. [PCGVR]
  • 478: Year-to-date homicides, 8% down from last year’s pace; up 63% vs. five years ago [Philly Police]

MAYOR WATCH

Old City’s National Liberty Museum hosts its 17th Awards of Valor, and Mayor Kenney attends the ceremony honoring active duty police officers, firefighters, and other emergency responders (7 p.m.).

ON THE CALENDAR

?? BP Quizzo on the Schuylkill River! Join us at Padelphia, just over City Line Avenue across from Manayunk. We’ll have three rounds of local trivia, drinks, snacks, prizes — and a chance to find out more about the racket sport called Padel. Free RSVP here. (7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15)

? Check out the treasures of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania at the Young Friends’ open house, where you can get exclusive access to pieces of state history. Tix are $10. (6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8)

?Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason — who gained fame playing Meghan and Harry’s wedding — joins the Philadelphia Orchestra for three nights. Tickets start at $22. (Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 8-10)