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What to know about Moms for Liberty, in Philly this week

National activist group Moms for Liberty is coming to Center City this week, drawing Trump, DeSantis, and other conservative leaders for its annual “Joyful Warriors Summit.” Known for backing book bans and speaking out against LGBTQ education, the group was recently labeled “extremist” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and several local protests are planned.

Meir Rinde explains everything you need to know about M4L’s origins, how it grew, and who’s under fire for hosting them in Philadelphia. 

The Moms for Liberty conference is being held at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, across from Reading Terminal Market. (Mark Henninger/Imagic Digital)

What should Philadelphia call its public restrooms?

The lack of public bathrooms in Philadelphia is getting a salve this year with the installation of several pop-up potties made for urban use. The one across from Love Park we reported in April isn’t quite ready yet, but others are planned for Clark Park and North Philly — and they’re close. How can we tell? The city is hosting a contest on what to name them.

Instead of calling them “Portland Loo” (obv not) the Health Department came up with three alternatives, and is asking for your vote: “Phlush,” “Philly Loo,” or “Philly Public Restroom.” Weigh in here.

The Portland Loo touts ’rounded anti-graffiti wall panels, open grating, easy-to-clean coating, and interchange-able building components’ (Portland Loo)

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• A year after the Supreme Court’s Dobbs ruling overturned Roe v. Wade protections, some Pennsylvania clinicians want lawmakers to expand access by allowing nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and certified nurse midwives to perform abortions. [WHYY]

• After last month’s escape, Councilmember Thomas is proposing a Community Oversight Board for the Philly prison system, comprising formerly incarcerated people, community members, and stakeholder groups. [Billy Penn/PhillyVoice]

• Unlike other big cities that saw an exodus of remote workers, current data suggests that in Philly, the change in office trends have had a mostly neutral impact on the number of people living here. [NYT$/Inquirer$]

• Philly workers say the city should shut down the Starbucks in Dilworth Park next to City Hall — on public land — over the company’s “union-busting” tactics. [Billy Penn]

• Penn Medicine is ending active participation in U.S. News & World Report’s best hospital rankings, calling them an “outdated view” of health care. Penn’s School of Medicine stopped submitting data earlier this year. [Biz Journal$/Penn Med/Daily Pennsylvanian]

• West Philly native Quinta Brunson is being named Comedy Person of the Year at a comedy festival in Canada next month, for her work on “Abbott Elementary.” [PhillyVoice]


Mayor Kenney joins officials from Parks & Rec and the Dept. of Environmental Protection at Bennett Compost in Lawncrest to launch a new public-private partnership to reduce food waste (11 a.m.). The mayor then meets up with Council President Clarke to cut the ribbon on the $4 million renovation at Fotterall Square Park (3:30 p.m.). 


🤣 Let the laughter loose at the Tattooed Momedy free comedy showcase. Snag an armchair or bumper car for the monthly show hosted by Tan Hoang and Joe Bell. (7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 27)

💃 Sashay and shimmy across the city at this year’s Philadelphia Dance Day, with dozens of free workshops from zumba and ballet to hip-hop cardio and diva pop jazz. All capped by a $10 evening showcase. (Saturday, June 28)