Newsletter for Tuesday, Jan. 5
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
This is what it looks like from the cockpit of a helicopter over the area; photo via @skyriverheli on Instagram.
JIM KENNEY’S INAUGURATION FELT MORE LIKE A GRADUATION
At one point during his inauguration ceremony yesterday, Jim Kenney yelled, “Squad!” into the microphone as the Neumann-Goretti girls basketball team chanted back what was clearly some kind of inside joke. Council members, judges and row offices were also filled out, with everyone cheering their friends on as names were called.
Principal President Darrell Clarke even had to shush people. The whole thing felt more like a high school graduation than a mayoral inauguration at the esteemed Academy of Music.
THE BLOCK PARTY VIBE HITS CITY HALL
Once the ceremony ended, the newly-minted Council members and the Mayor headed over to City Hall for a time that was described by a number of people as organized chaos. Parties broke out on at least three floors including DJs, live bands, open bars and food set-ups outside almost every office of a City Council member. Those now occupied by new members — there are five of them — were undoubtedly some of the busiest. Also, there was day-drinking.
After Philadelphian Jamira Burley saw both her parents and all 10 of her older brothers repeatedly incarcerated, she was inspired to get into criminal justice reform, focusing on community engagement. Her talk will be followed by a reception.
Where: Eastern State Penitentiary at 2027 Fairmount Ave. 19130
When: January 5, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free
BILLY PENN LIKES
HOW YASMINE MUSTAFA’S ATHENA CHANGED HOW WE TALK ABOUT SEX ASSAULTS
Entrepreneur Yasmine Mustafa’s Philly-based ROAR for Good had a whirlwind 2015, marked by an October crowdfunding campaign that exceeded its fundraising goal by some 500 percent. All those contributors were backing and pre-ordering Athena, a device the diameter of a quarter aimed squarely at decreasing assaults — both sexual and not — by arming women with a way to alert their family and friends if something is happening to them. Here’s what’s next for the company, and its device, and how it’s already sparked a change in the conversation around sexual assaults.
CODE BLUE DECLARED: HERE’S WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE CITY’S HOMELESS
Baby, it’s finally cold out there. Like in the tens of degrees Fahrenheit. At these temperatures, the City of Philadelphia declares a “Code Blue”, triggering a specific kind of outreach for the homeless who sleep on the streets. Here’s what that means, and what happened starting yesterday afternoon when it was declared.