While everyone will be watching the NFL today to see who decides to #TakeAKnee in the wake of Donald Trump's comments that players protesting the national anthem should be fired — which garnered responses from Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and some local players — there are still games to be played. For the Eagles, it's a huge one. A win puts the Birds in the driver's seat in the NFC East and all but ruins the Giants' season. The big problem for the Eagles? The secondary is riddled with injuries. If defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz can dial up a win, he'll be the hottest name in coaching. But should he be? We took a look.
This October, a new "free grocery store" will open in the Church of the Holy Trinity across from Rittenhouse Square, offering people who are food insecure fresh produce, dry goods and hygiene supplies. It's the latest effort from the small local nonprofit Sunday LOVE Project, which has been handing out meals to Philly's homeless for three years. Here's how founder Margaux Murphy is making the new spot something more than just a food pantry.
No matter how attractive boosters and officials end up making Philadelphia look when they submit their pitch to Amazon to build its HQ2 here, there could be a different issue that makes Philly unappealing, says Marc Levy of NBC: the financial wellbeing (or lack thereof) in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PA state government was just slapped with a downgrade in credit rating, and is in the middle of its third budget stalemate in as many years. Will it matter to Jeff Bezos et al? Unknown, but it can't help. And sorry, Pittsburgh, this issue would knock you out, too.
Although the PA legislature isn't making progress on budget issues, it could move forward on other bills. CBS3 reports that CeaseFire PA has put out a series of videos to rally people to call their representatives and voice their opinions on a pair of bills — one in the House, the other in the Senate — that would allow teachers and other education employees in Pennsylvania to carry concealed weapons in schools. Here's more info.
On the Calendar
On the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims, the National Homicide Justice Alliance and various allied Philly-based organizations are gathering with crime victims and survivors at the Art Museum steps. A "Dance of Love" will be performed by mothers and sisters of people who've been slain, and speakers will include Princess Fato Gayflor of Liberia and former prosecutor and DA candidate Joe Khan.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art at 2600 Ben Franklin Pkwy. 19130
When: September 25, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Of all the statues and memorials around Philly, there have so far been none paying tribute to a named or individual African American. That's about to change with the unveiling of the new statue of civil rights leader and baseball pioneer Octavius Catto, set on City Hall's south apron. Mayor Jim Kenney and many other elected officials and community leaders will be present for the dedication.
Where: Philadelphia City Hall at 1 Penn Sq.
When: September 26, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
How much: Free
The Villico family has run Joe's Pizza for 30 years, and they're hosting a party to commemorate their pearl anniversary. The second floor of the shop will rock with music, and there will be free drinks, food and a complimentary gift bag. RSVP to RSVP@JessicaScottLLC.com to get on the list.
Where: Joe's Pizza at 122 S. 16th St. 19102
When: September 27, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free with RSVP
Though the news cycle has moved on, there are still many pets who remain separated from their owners by the flooding in Houston. For one night, 100% of sales of beer from Dark Horse, 2SP, Weyerbacher, Neshaminy Creek and Hardywood (and cider from Austin East Ciders) will go to the Houston SPCA. Raffle tickets for beer swag gift baskets will be drawn hourly.
Where: Lucky's Last Chance at 848 S. 2nd St. 19147
When: September 28, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
The nonpartisan Fair Districts PA hosts an information session and discussion with Pa. Sen. Anthony Williams and Pa. Rep. Jordan Harris about redistricting reform in Pennsylvania. Learn how voting maps are drawn, how it affects you and your community, and what you can do to help.
Where: Wharton Square Park at 23rd & Wharton St. 19146
When: September 29, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free