Newsletter for Friday, July 10
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Lightning strikes Center City before Thursday night’s storms; photo via Instagram user @rlleung.
BERNIE IN PHILLY: SANDERS SUPPORT STARTS HERE FOR LONGSHOT PRESIDENTIAL BID
Is Philadelphia feeling the Bern? The race for the White House was supposed to be Hillary’s. But after a series of missteps and the public shaming of her for taking money from big money interests, her only real Democratic challenger is surging in the polls. Bernie Sanders, a Senator from Vermont and a democratic socialist, was once trailing Hillary Clinton by 50 points in most polls. Now, it’s reported he trails her by just 10 points in New Hampshire and his support in Iowa has doubled in the last several weeks alone. It’s starting small here in Philadelphia, but there are those in Sanders’ corner.
LONDYN CHANEL AND TRANSGENDER VIOLENCE
The killing of Londyn Chanel in North Philly in May was the second homicide of a transgender woman of color in the city in just a few years — in summer 2013, Diamond Williams was brutally murdered in the Strawberry Mansion area of the city. Some advocates are concerned violence against transgender individuals, especially trans women of color, is a growing problem. As the latest edition of our Trans in Philly series, we looked at this violence, and how experts are attempting to find solutions.
TO DO: WATCH CATS PERFORM CIRCUS STUNTS IN OLD CITY
WHAT: The Amazing Acro-Cats are “purrforming” all weekend — walking tightropes, skateboarding, jumping through hoops and more.
WHERE: Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St. 19106
WHEN: 8 PM Friday
HOW MUCH: $21
BILLY PENN LIKES
MAP: WHERE MILLENNIALS WHO DIDN’T VOTE ARE LIVING
Voter turnout during the Philadelphia mayoral primary, especially among millennials, was pretty abysmal. Even in the voting ward with the highest millennial voter turnout in the city — ward 39 in South Philly — just 23 percent of young people showed up at the polls, still short of the 38 percent of baby boomers who voted citywide. The Office of City Commissioner Al Schmidt provided Billy Penn with a breakdown of the voter turnout for ages 18 to 34 in each ward in Philadelphia for the mayoral primary election. We mapped it; here’s how that looks.
PHILLY GREEK RESTAURATEURS ON THEIR HOMELAND’S CRISIS
South Street Souvlaki owner Tom Vasiliades thinks he knows what will happen in his native Greece. He expects the currency crisis rocking his homeland will be hard in the larger cities like Athens. Fellow natives like Teddy Sourias, owner of Midtown Village bars U-Bahn, Bru Craft & Wurst and Finn McCool’s, and George Tsouris, who owns Greek taverna Opa in Midtown Village with his sister Vasiliki, all said their country would eventually be fine. “Greeks are survivors,” notes Vasiliades, “they’re going to manage somehow.”