Yesterday was International Women's Day, and women in City Council had extra reason to celebrate. Per Councilwoman Cherelle Parker on Twitter, a bill that would mandate workplace sexual harassment training for all city employees was approved. The bill was co-sponsored by all six women who currently sit on the council. Now the mandate goes to the voters — it'll be on the ballot during the May 15 primary.
Hannah Callowhill Penn was a businesswoman, a peacekeeper, a political leader and a baddie in a bonnet. She may have even been the reason why Pennsylvania exists today, and wasn't sold off to satisfy debts. She even ran the colony for a full 14 years after her husband's death. Why, then, does his legacy always trump hers?
Over the past three years, Billy Penn has been honored to showcase more than three hundred outstanding under-40 trailblazers, in a myriad of fields, thanks to our Who's Next series. The latest edition, presented by the Fels Institute, will highlight young leaders in the field of public service — and we need your help finding them. Do you know a worthy firefighter, park ranger, school principal, librarian, mailperson, urban planner, paramedic or social worker who dedicates their time to making our community better? Nominate here by March 16.
Next week, Penn's Irvine Auditorium will be a national center of attention. An event organized by students from Penn, Temple and Drexel and inspired by Philly rapper Meek Mill's continuing incarceration for probation violations will host panel discussions on U.S. criminal justice reform. In attendance will be Rev. Al Sharpton, activist Bryan Stevenson and Meek's mother, Kathy Williams, among others. The session will be streamed live by TIDAL, Jay Z's music service. Meanwhile, the cop whose testimony but Meek behind bars in the first place was confirmed on the DAO list of suspect officers. Here's how his lawyer could use that info to get the case thrown out.
- We're continuing to reach out to you via email to make the case that you probably want to join Billy Penn as a member by making a contribution. Why? It's getting harder to pay for local journalism, and we refuse to let our site get taken over by pop-ups or surveys or video ads. Here's Danya's latest pitch.
- Another reason to become a member? Access to cool events. Starting...now! On March 20, we're hosting a wine tasting in Center City that serves as a preview to the upcoming Philly Wine Week. Philly vino pros will lead guests through five unique estate wines, complemented by snacks, and it's all entirely free for the first 20 members to sign up. Yep, free (and yes, we'll be cross-checking our lists). Join us.
Currently, there are no shelters in Philly that allow people experiencing homelessness to bring their pets with them. SREHUP, the Student-Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia, is opening one — but they need more money to make it happen. Local band Fitzwater is playing a benefit concert at this Italian Market dive, with proceeds donated to the shelter cause.
Where: Connie's Ric Rac at 1128 S. 9th St., 19147
When: March 10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to March 11, 2018 at 2:00 a.m.
How much: $25 in advance; $30 at the door