Latino immigrants who work in some of Philly’s most notable restaurants are planning to join a nationwide action scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 16, Billy Penn has learned. Referred to as “Un Dia Sin Inmigrante” (“A Day Without Immigrants”), the event is a walkout and one-day work stoppage designed to highlight the contribution immigrants make to the local and US economy. Where will the walkouts be happening? Here's where we've heard staffers plan to take part, and what folks in the restaurant world had to say.
The NBA Store tweeted a new shirt yesterday that raised a few eyebrows in Sixersland. The official NBA merchandise store is promoting their new Raise the Cat t-shirt, available through Fanatics Branded on the NBA Store website for $29.99. The silly little thing Sixers fans do after the team wins that started because Ben Simmons posts photos of his adorable cats on social media has gone big time. The future is meow. We spoke to the man who created the trend, who is hiring a lawyer to make sure the money goes to charity.
Across the US, students and faculty are pushing for colleges to declare themselves sanctuaries. Penn and Swarthmore have both done so in the months since Trump was elected. Republican State Rep. Jerry Knowles crafted a bill threatening to withhold funding from state-related and state universities that don’t comply with immigration officials, even though none of these types of universities have become sanctuary campuses. But the actual purpose of “sanctuaries,” particularly sanctuary campuses, is far less clear. Do they provide any more protection to undocumented students? And do universities that aren’t sanctuary campuses provide any less?
What do you get when you bring together a clown, a strongman, a fire eater and lots of dancers and DJs and bands? You can call it what you want, but they call it "Carnival Catharsis." Bonus: Refreshments served all night.
Where: 319 Performance Space at 319 N. 11th St. 19107
When: February 15, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to February 16, 2017 at 12:00 a.m.
How much: $10 at the door
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Did someone order extra … jimmies? A South Philadelphia woman seemed surprised to find a crack in the street filled with rainbow sprinkles. (Do you use the term jimmies or sprinkles? It's a long running debate in the city, and we're taking a poll.) But yup, they’re there, and the Streets Department isn't not too fond of this mock repair. The woman who discovered it is, though! She's offering a reward to whoever can tell her who did it.
The Phillies aren't super optimistic about their chances this year, but, as the old saying goes, 'ya gotta believe.'" That famous quote by Tug McGraw is now on the wall of the Phils' spring training facility in Clearwater. Only, McGraw coined the phrase when he played for the Mets back in 1973. Take a look, and tell us if the Phillies ripped off the Mets, or if this is just a clever troll job.