Newsletter for Tuesday, July 14
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Cars come and go over the Ben Franklin Bridge this morning; timelapse photo via @yabisyab on Instagram.
IS PHILLY TOO PAROCHIAL FOR ITS OWN GOOD?
“Oh, you’re not from Philly.” So the thinking often goes: You must be from here to succeed here. And if you have moved here from somewhere else, well, why? Compared to peer cities, Philadelphia has far fewer residents from outside the area and fewer big businesses that bring young talent. Does the city’s celebration of its traditions and quirks also make it resistant to embrace new people and ideas? And is that keeping the city from becoming truly great?
NAACP MEETS IN PHILLY ‘IN THE MIDST OF A CIVIL RIGHTS MOMENT’
At a time when national conversations surrounding police brutality, the Confederate flag and the Emanuel AME murders continue, thousands of people will come to Philadelphia to discuss issues of race — including two presidents. With the theme “Pursuing Liberty in the Face of Injustice,” the 106th NAACP Convention is taking place this week at the Convention Center, and will include remarks by President Obama on Tuesday afternoon. In addition, thousands of pre-registered guests will join leaders like former President Bill Clinton, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and top NAACP leaders for workshops and speeches through Wednesday. Here’s what to expect from the convention.
TO DO: DRINK AND HANG OUT AT THE FRANKLIN
WHAT: ‘Camp Franklinana,’ a look at the science of summer camp for adults
WHERE: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
WHEN: 7-10 PM
HOW MUCH: $15 for non-members; $10 for members
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ARE PHILLY’S COLLEGES EQUIPPED FOR TRANSGENDER STUDENTS?
While nearly 1,000 colleges nationwide have adopted nondiscrimination policies that mean transgender students can’t be discriminated against on campus, trans advocates say many schools have more to do to create a welcoming environment. From gender-neutral housing options to policies that allow students to use their preferred names and genders, schools across the country have a variety of policies in place that are intended to make trans students feel more welcome — more than 150 schools already have gender-neutral housing options, and that number is growing. For the latest / last edition in our Trans Philly series, we looked at what transgender and transitioning students can expect at some of the bigger Philly-area colleges.
THE ULTIMATE PHILLY NEIGHBORHOOD SWEET 16
It was a close call in many cases (looking in your direction, Fishtown!) but after you cast thousands of votes last week in the first round of Billy Penn’s bracket in partnership with Fox29, and the results are in: We’re down to 16 neighborhoods and towns. Voting is open; we’ll close it down for a final tally Friday.