Inspired by what he sees happening in Philly with Larry Krasner as district attorney, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins embarked on a "Launching Justice" tour of conversations with DA candidates in California. Jenkins has become a respected voice in the push for social justice reform — he raised his fist during the national anthem in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick two seasons ago, and took a lead role in forming the NFL Players Coalition. The coalition is behind the West Coast swing, but Jenkins' Philly experience is key. "What Krasner has done is encouraging," Jenkins told NBC10, "and can be repeated in other areas."
More than a year and a half after the October 2016 groundbreaking, the first portion of the Rail Park is nearly complete. Phase 1 of the project, which sits on a section of elevated track that curves from near 11th and Callowhill out to Broad and Noble, is almost ready for its public debut. An official ribbon cutting happens June 14, and there's still lots of landscaping to be done. But enough of the work is finished that you can get a good feel for the future park's vibe. We sent in a photographer to capture some preview pics that show off some new details. Check them out here, along with a Phase 1 drone video overview.
Over the weekend, 34-year-old Pable Avendano was killed while riding his bike at 10th and Spring Garden streets. He was hit from behind by a woman driving an SUV, police told PMN, then run over by that same vehicle. The driver reportedly stayed at the scene; police have not indicated whether she will be charged. Avendano, a professional courier who was on his way to start an evening of Caviar food delivery, was pronounced dead at the scene. His death comes a year after Spring Garden was repaved and restriped, at which time safety advocates urged the city to take the opportunity to create a protected bike lane. The city did not. On Wednesday, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is hosting its annual "Ride of Silence" in memory of those killed or injured by motor vehicles.
It was 33 years ago yesterday that Philly city government stuffed explosives into a satchel, flew a helicopter over a home on Osage Avenue in West Philadelphia, and dropped a bomb. A massive fire blazed — and officials let it. Eleven people were killed, among them five children. More than 60 homes were razed, and a neighborhood was left in ruin. Three decades later, the city is still grappling with how to address what happened. Last year, students from Southwest Philly's Jubilee School worked to get a historical marker installed, but the process was not easy. Many younger Philadelphians aren't even aware the event happened. Direct them here: the Billy Penn explainer on the 1985 MOVE bombing.
- Congratulations to @roundthewayk, our first Instagram of the Week winner. Check out the pic of an Old City street sax player on Instagram here, and don't forget to tag #BillyPennGram when you post your own great shots.
- In case you didn't get a chance to check it out or save the link yesterday, here's our procrastinator's guide to tomorrow's primary election.
- Columbia Journalism Review published an overview of what the BROKE in Philly reporting collaborative, of which Billy Penn is a member, is trying to achieve: "Reframing economic injustice in America's poorest big city."
On the evening of March 14, 38-year-old Marielle Franco, a black feminist, human rights activist and local politician in Rio de Janeiro, was assassinated. Drexel's Dr. Sharrelle Barber met Franco during a recent trip to South America. She'll talk about the experience and the connections between intersectional, anti-racist struggles in Brazil, the U.S. and around the globe.
Where: Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, Nesbitt Hall, Room 719 at 3215 Market St., 19104
When: May 15, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
How much: Free with RSVP