Hundreds of Philly teachers will call out today, and others will host rallies to protest what's now four years without a contract for School District of Philadelphia teachers. The District says those who walk out could face consequences, including losing a day's pay. But teachers are moving ahead, frustrated that they've gone so long without pay increases. A new hiring spree means teachers hired now could make more than educators who've been in the district for years, and current negotiations are proceeding "very slowly."
May 1 is International Workers' Day and several organizations in Philly are taking today to organize protests against President Donald Trump's policies. According to NewsWorks, immigrant rights group Juntos will be leading a march starting at 10 a.m. from Fourth and Tasker to City Hall today, where at noon they will join the Black and Brown Workers Collective and at least two unions, Unite Here! and SEIU 32BJ, for a rally. The groups will call for "an end to the extreme immigration policies set forth by the Trump administration" that includes the threat to end sanctuary cities and "banning people based on their religion." There could be some restaurants closed as well, as we reported in March, with many planning to support the day by shutting their doors again.
More than 900 Philadelphians died from overdoses in 2016. That number's been circulated pretty widely already. But the Department of Public Health has released more information about those deaths, including the role opioids played and the ages of the deceased, who were overwhelmingly male. Most of the deceased were between the ages of 35 and 54, and emergency rooms have seen a a more than 50 percent increase in opioid overdose complaints since 2007. Get all the data here.
Last week, when Dave Magrogan confirmed to Philly.com that Seasonal Grill was closed for good, he added a rant about leaving the city entirely because of "excessive taxes and regulations" and sticking to the suburbs. But plenty of restaurateurs operate successfully within the city limits. Are things bad enough that they're considering leaving, too? Probably not, but that doesn't mean the situation is all roses.
Join Susan Glasser of Politico, Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post, and Brian Stelter of CNN as they sit on a panel at the National Constitution Center to talk about "Defining Truth in Modern Politics."
Where: National Constitution Center at 525 Arch St.
When: May 1, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
How much: $10 for members, teachers and students; $18 for non-members
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We made it, folks. Three days of fun, football and free yogurt has come and gone and, gasp, the rest of the country can't stop talking about how awesome Philly was for the NFL Draft. The NFL reported an attendance of more than 250,000 people down on the Ben Franklin Parkway the three days of the draft (though, surely, many of those were repeat visitors) and even though things got super weird on Saturday, everyone was by-and-large well behaved. We were even nice to Cowboys fans. Mostly.
There’s really only one way to describe the lineup of shows coming to Philly this summer: It’s lit. Along with the standout festivals — Roots Picnic, Firefly, Made in America — there are lots of other concerts, with jams for every taste. Check out this list of 50 must-see performances over the next four months, and cop your tickets while you can.