More than 2,000 Philly residents were born in the seven countries included in Donald Trump's travel ban, according to the most recent census data, a number that's surely higher when considering nearly 300 refugees moved here from Syria and Iraq in 2016. In total, an average of 750 refugees settle in Philly each year, a number that may starkly drop if Trump's orders are upheld. Penn President Amy Gutmann is one who hopes they aren't. The head of Trump's alma mater finally spoke out against its most newsworthy alum, calling his executive order on immigration, "injurious to our work and inimical to our values." And the family that was turned away at PHL this weekend despite legal documentation? There's a GoFundMe to help them come back.
Pat Toomey often plays his political cards close to the vest, so while he hasn't officially stated he's voting to approve Betsy DeVos for education secretary today, he did call her a "great pick" in December. Well, one 8-year old girl doesn't agree, and penned Toomey a letter, saying "America will be full of unbelievably unsmart people." Read Mazie's story, and her plea to the Senator.
Philadelphia struggles to keep its streets clean. In winter weather — like today's wintry mix morning — the task becomes even harder. Carlton Williams, newly appointed Commissioner of the Streets Department, confirmed that one of the biggest challenges to maintain clean streets in winter is weather. Snow or ice can slow down collection, or in extreme cases, back up collection for weeks. Trash left out often gets blown away, or bags are broken, scattering trash into places sanitation workers can’t reach, a problem unique to crowded city streets. Read what the city is trying to do, and what citizens can do too.
Movie producer Billy Woodberry, a key figure in the movement of black independent filmmakers known as the L.A. Rebellion, will be on hand for a screening of two of his recent documentaries, plus one from 1983.
Where: PFS Roxy, Louis Bluver Theater at 2023 Sansom St.
When: January 31, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
How much: $11 adults; $7 seniors, students and military
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Speaking of lots of trash, Philly is under construction right now. If you're within three miles of Center City, good luck turning a corner without encountering something being torn down or built up. All that construction and demolition generates a lot of trash. About 400,00 tons in 2014 alone, according to this PlanPhilly story about Revolution Recovery. The company tries to keep as much job site material as possible out of landfills. And because this is Philly, a lot of it becomes art.
The Sixers have played 15 games in 2017 and they've won 10 of them, defeating Sacramento 122-119 on Monday in a game that was rescheduled when a mysterious moisture appeared on the Wells Fargo Center floor in November. Joel Embiid didn't play again, recovering from a knee bruise, missing his fifth game in the last six. But his teammates pulled through, with seven players in double figures, helping the Sixers come back from 16 points down in the first half to score 74 in the second half and win by three. Raise all the cats you got.