Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney vowed to stand up against hate crimes — but said he can’t do it alone and asked Philadelphians to “call out bigotry” when they see it. The first-term mayor spoke for less than five minutes Monday night during a short speech addressing a recent spate of racism and hate crimes that have been perpetuated in Philadelphia and across the country since Donald Trump won the presidential election. “I know right now that many Philadelphians are feeling anxious, angry, afraid and even hopeless,” Kenney said. “Others feel emboldened by hateful rhetoric to act out in destructive ways… But, if we allow any of these feelings to guide us to violent or hateful actions, then we are no better than what we claim to oppose.” Details, and video, here.
The Philadelphia GOP responded Monday to the racism taking place at Penn by condemning “hateful activity” while also writing that there are “undoubtedly” racist supporters of President-elect Donald Trump. That said, executive director Joe DeFelice lauded the diversity in his party, saying it can’t stand for “racism or oppression of any kind,” while turning the focus on the media, "because they're more focused on narratives than on reality." DeFelice said some Hillary (and Bernie) supporters "spit on the flag and justify violence against police officers as a political tool" and challenged the media to hold everyone in the city accountable, "and not just conservatives." Here's the full statement.
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital bought the building that houses the bar/small concert venue Milkboy earlier this year for $2.1 million. That seemed kind of weird. What exactly does a hospital need with that kind of space, which has a 15-year lease? But for Thomas Jefferson it’s not out of the ordinary. Since 2000, the university/hospital has added so much property — $87 million worth — it nearly takes up one-fourth of Washington Square West. And that's not even including its custom-named SEPTA stop. We're calling it the Jefferson Creep, and here are the details of the hospital's open-checkbook policy.
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Old City Coffee is screening the coffee documentary "Aroma of Heaven" during a evening showcasing Indonesian music, food, dance and, of course, some piping hot java.
Where: Reading Terminal Market at 12th & Arch streets, 19107
When: November 15, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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Fishtown resident Beth Huxta had heard about hateful graffiti showing up around Philly in the wake of Trump’s win, but what made one particular swastika especially horrifying was that it was painted on a park bench right where her 2.5-year-old son played, and where dozens of other neighborhood kids laughed and jumped and skipped. Many others in the community felt the same way as Huxta, too. Here's how they solved the problem.
The breaking point for one Philadelphia couple getting a divorce was their parrot. In the last few weeks the couple had been separating real estate assets, art and other items you’d traditionally consider part of a divorce. But they weren’t sure what to do with the pet. So their lawyer, Michael Adler, suggested the couple agree to visitation. Adler said disputes over dogs are relatively common in divorces, but the parrot provided a new challenge… verbalization. In other words, they can talk. Therefore, they can talk shit. The solution? A novel one, for Adler.