Newsletter for Wednesday, Sept. 2
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Warning: This tamarin at the Philly Zoo means business… monkey business. Photo via the @philadelphiazoo on Instagram.
SISTER MARY: WE’RE PREPPING THE HOMELESS FOR THE POPE, TOO
Philadelphia’s homeless are doing their own preparations for Pope Francis’ visit this month, with a little help from Project HOME. In her latest column for Billy Penn, Sister Mary Scullion writes about the organization’s Sam Vasquez, once homeless himself. Now a resident at Project HOME’s JBJ Soul Homes at Broad and Fairmount, Vasquez is part of a special outreach team, including several formerly homeless persons, who have been going out in Center City and engaging in dialogue with the men and women currently living on our streets. Here’s why their work is crucial to understanding Francis’ visit and Philly’s needs.
SINCE DECRIMINALIZING MARIJUANA, ARRESTS DOWN 77 PERCENT
Nearly one year has passed since Philadelphia became then the largest city in the U.S. to decriminalize marijuana. Marijuana proponents have seen improved relationships with the police, visitors coming to Philadelphia to smoke and a culture change now that users don’t need to have, as activist N.A. Poe says, “the paranoia that you’re going to be arrested for smoking a plant.” You want numbers? Marijuana arrests are down 77 percent, and that’s not all that’s changing.
|What||Cheap drinks: $5 cocktails, $4 wine and $3 beer at some 85 restaurants in Center City, from U-Bahn to Aldine to Marathon on Market.|
|Where||Various at Center City|
|When||September 2, 2015 at 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm|
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HOW TO GET POLITICALLY ACTIVE ON PHILLY CAMPUSES
Donald Trump is *still* in the race for the White House. Democratic socialist Bernie Sanders is gaining traction in battleground states and could give Hillary Clinton a run for her money. And, if all goes well in the universe, we’ll have a Kanye West run for president in 2020…? If you want anywhere near those races next fall, you’re going to need to get started now. You’ll be the old pro that incoming students turn to. You’ll know the ropes. You’ll be running things. Here’s how to get started at Drexel, Penn, Temple, La Salle, St. Joe’s and Villanova.
OUR NEXT WHO’S NEXT: LABOR AND UNIONS
The intent of Billy Penn’s “Who’s Next” series is to highlight some of the most dynamic people working to shape our city every day. Our goal is to identify and track the next generation of leaders and influencers. We’ve highlighted everyone from politicians to artists, and you can view each of our monthly Who’s Next lists here. Up next: Who’s the next generation of Philly’s labor and union leaders? Here’s how to nominate our city’s best leaders under 40 in labor.