Philadelphia considers reparations, may explore task force

The city’s Commission on Faith-based and Interfaith Affairs last week held a weeklong seminar on reparations, with about 100 faith leaders in attendance.

  • A rally at the Catto statue yesterday called for further action, including creation of a formal task force. Councilmembers Bass and Gauthier spoke on the idea, which has the backing of mayoral candidate Derek Green.

Could that happen? The current administration is open to exploring it, a city spokesperson told Jordan Levy.

The Octavius V. Catto Memorial outside Philadelphia City Hall (Mark Henninger/Imagic Digital)

Philly’s jr. wheelchair basketball team preps for 25th tournament

The 25th annual Katie Kirlin Junior Wheelchair Basketball Tournament takes place this weekend, and Philadelphia’s team is ready.

  • It’s been a rough year for Katie’s Komets, named in memory of the daughter of a Philly couple who funds the Parks & Rec program. Closure of the Carousel House rec center left the group with no practice home.

But they’re raring to go, with classic Philly underdog swagger. “We don’t win much, but we have a tough team,” a teen player told Rashaad Jorden.

Katie’s Komets playing in the 2022 Katie Kirlin Junior Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (Ellen C Miller for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation)

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MAYOR WATCH

Nothing on the public schedule today for Mayor Kenney, but he does appear on TV. He joins Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, Tucson Mayor Regina Romero, and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock on MSNBC from 10 to 11 a.m., to discuss “challenges and opportunities facing U.S. cities.”

ON THE CALENDAR

⚓ The 25th annual Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Festival takes over the Pa. Convention Center this weekend, and day passes go for $25. (Friday to Sunday, Jan. 20-21)

🧧 Lunar New Year celebrations fill Chinatown this weekend, and you can catch lion dancers parading through the neighborhood twice — Saturday night and Sunday morning. (10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 and 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 22)

📜 At Philly’s Masonic Temple, a talk explores the story behind the Freemasons and “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” an antisemitic screed first published in 1905. (3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21)

🏍️ What should the city do about ATVs and dirt bikes? WHYY’s Bridging Blocks hosts a community conversation at the Blackwell Library in West Philadelphia. (6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25)