Newsletter for Tuesday, Nov. 25
PHILLY PROTESTS FERGUSON DECISION
The protest finds its way to City Hall. Photo by Instagram user @thefeverfew.
#FERGUSONPHL: PROTESTERS MARCH PEACEFULLY, SHOUT ‘NO RACIST POLICE’
Monday night’s grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo. — which absolved officer Darren Wilson of criminal charges for fatally shooting 18-year-old Mike Brown — came down shortly after 9 PM. And while at least one local protest seemed confrontational (this flyer was circulated the weekend before the grand jury decision), the protests were pretty peaceful. The slogans shouted by protesters: “No justice, no peace!” and “No racist police.” We at Billy Penn followed the action last night in the city; you can see the best from Twitter and Instagram here.
PHILLY’S A FINALIST FOR THE 2016 DNC — AND THERE ARE PROBS WITH THE OTHER 2
Word came down on Monday: Philadelphia is in the last three cities standing for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The other two finalists? New York City (Brooklyn, to be precise) and Columbus, Ohio. So why are there issues with those cities? Politico breaks it down: The presumed nominee is one Hilary Rodham Clinton. To choose New York would, observers say, make the conversation about new Democratic mayor Bill DeBlasio — and whether he’s trying to become a national political figure, dimming Hilary’s light. And while party experts like the thought of throwing the convention in a swing state like Pennsylvania or Ohio, they’re a li’l concerned that there aren’t enough big donors out in Ohio State Territory to make a Columbus convention a thing. Stay tuned — we’ll know sometime after Jan. 1.
LINCOLN U PRESIDENT RESIGNS 2 MONTHS AFTER SUPER CONTROVERSIAL SPEECH
Robert R. Jennings gave a speech at Lincoln University in late September, telling an audience that women who claim they have been raped can ruin a young man’s life: “Don’t put yourself in a situation that would cause you to be trying to explain something that really needs no explanation had you not put yourself in that situation.” And now, in late November, Lincoln University is looking for a new president. Jennings resigned immediately Monday morning, and the University now has an acting president as well as a task force on sexual misconduct.
TO DO: HEAR EXPERTS TALK IMPULSE BUYING BEFORE BLACK FRIDAY
WHAT: “How we decide: Impulse buys & emotional ties,” part of the “Let’s talk about your brain” series
WHERE: The Franklin Institute, 220 N. 20th St.
WHEN: 7-8:30 PM
HOW MUCH: $5 for non-members; free for members
BILLY PENN LIKES
WHICH PHILLY NEIGHBORHOOD ARE YOU? TAKE THE QUIZ
You might belong in the middle of crowded Rittenhouse Square, living among the yuppies in Old City, or keeping away from the bustle in Bella Vista. As a companion to our Philadelphia Neighborhood Index, Billy Penn put together a quiz: Which Philadelphia neighborhood are you?
17 PHILLY STORES STAYING CLOSED ON THANKSGIVING DAY
It’s a day for giving thanks, for eating turkey, for being with family and watching a little football — it’s a day BEFORE the shopping starts, generally. So Philly Weekly’s PhillyNow blog made a list of 17 businesses in the city — some mom and pop, some parts of bigger chains — who will close their doors on the holiday.