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July 24, 2014

Fourth District Festival Day

4th district festival day

July 24, 2014

Block Captains Boot Camp

block captain boot camp

July 23, 2014

BLUES FEST 2014!!

pcdc rythm and blues fest 2014 colorinfofyler

July 23, 2014

BLOCK CAPTAINS FORUM

Flyer block captains forum

July 23, 2014

Community Day!

community day flyer

May 28, 2014

TPCDC NAC Community Conversations

Community Conversations flyer

May 19, 2014

Hidden City Interview on the 60th Street Corridor Project – by Teresa Stigall

Sowing the seeds of rebirth

 

January 31, 2014

Habitat Homeownership Program Upcoming Information Sessions

Thursday, February 6th , 2014

St. Luke’s and the Epiphany Episcopal Church*

330 S. 13th Street

6:30pm-7:30pm

*Wheelchair Accessible Session

 

Saturday, February 8th. 2014

Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia Office

1929 N. 19th Street

9:30am-10:30am

*Space limited to 35 people!

 

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

People for People Charter School

800 N. Broad St. (Entrance on Brown St.)

7:00pm-8:00pm

 

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

First African Presbyterian Church

42nd and Girard Avenue (Entrance on 42nd)

9:30am-10:30am

 

Details about the program:

  • During selection periods, Habitat Philadelphia will host information sessions where applications are distributed, once interested families attend and learn more about the program. These sessions are scheduled to occur over a three week period, once a year.  All applicants must pay a $20 non-refundable application fee. This fee will be due at the time you turn in your application, NOT at the Information sessions.
  • Applicants who have fair to excellent credit may be selected for a home visit and be interviewed by two or three members of Habitat’s Family Selection Committee.  The purpose of the home visit is to learn more about a family’s current living situation in order to assess their need for housing and to answer any additional questions the family might have about Habitat.
  • Applicants must meet specific requirements in order for their application to be considered:
  • A need for housing, which means currently housing conditions are substandard, overcrowded, unsafe, or too expensive in relation to a family’s monthly income.
  • The ability to pay a monthly mortgage with a demonstrable history of income
  • A willingness to partner. Partner families must fulfill 350 “sweat equity” hours of volunteer work, both on our construction sites working on their home and other partner families’ homes, working at our ReStore, and participating in required workshops and educational classes.

 

  • 2014 Income Guidelines are as follows:
  • Household Size
Minimum
Income
Maximum
Income
1 $16,600 $33,120
2 $18,950 $37,860
3 $21,300 $42,600
4 $23,650 $47,280
5 $25,550 $51,120
6 $27,450 $54,900

- See more at: http://www.habitatphiladelphia.org/homeownership-program

 

January 31, 2014

Make A Difference In 2014: 11 Ways Black Women Can Fight For Their Rights

The needs and issues concerning African-American women are often overlooked by politicians, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress entitled “The State of African-American Women in the United States.”  But black women can fight for their rights and push for their concerns to be heard.
 
“Black women have become one of the most important voting blocs in the U.S.  Having had the greatest turnout number across race, ethnicity and gender in the 2008 presidential election and helping to make history in the 2012 presidential election as black turnout surpassed the rate of white turnout for the first time on record,” Janaye Ingram, National Action Network’s (NAN) national executive director, tells MadameNoire Business. “As we look to the 2014 midterm elections and the 2016 presidential elections, black women can again play a critical role in ensuring that our voices are heard and our issues are part of the conversation by using the power of our vote.”
 
Here are 11 ways black women can positively affect political change
 
VOTER REGISTRATION
“Make sure that we are registered to vote and then that we encourage our family members and friends to do the same,” says NAN’s Janaye Ingram, who, in her 30s, is leading one of the largest civil rights organizations in the country. This “is an important and necessary first step in being part of the political process,” she continues.
 
VOTER EDUCATION
“In many states, there are new laws affecting voter participation. Registered voters need to familiarize themselves with the new laws and make sure that they know how to continue to participate in compliance with them.  In addition to knowing the laws in your state, women need to identify the issues that are affecting them and their communities,” explains NAN’s Janaye Ingram, who works very closely with the White Househttp://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/icon1.png on behalf of the civil rights.
 
“There are a wealth of issues that will be decided in any election. Knowing the positions and proposed solutions of any candidate is important in deciding which candidate is more deserving of your vote.  Just remember, good is not the enemy of perfect. You might not find a candidate who aligns with you on every issue, but the key is to find the candidate who aligns with you on the most important issues affecting you.”
 
Don’t just register, you have to participate in the process. “Once you have registered, you know the laws regarding your participation and you have identified which candidate(s) you will vote for, the most crucial part of the process is going to the polls and casting a ballot,” explains Ingram.
 
VOTER MOBILIZATION
The more black women who vote, the stronger the bloc. “Urge your female circle of family and friends to vote. “Each one of us can encourage and empower other voters to participate in the electoral process. It happens through each step of engagement, but we should be assisting others in our family and other circles to obtain the information they need to be active and engaged voters as well,” says Ingram.
 
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD
Take the time to participate in peaceful protests or boycotts. There are some times that it will be necessary to take to the streets  or withhold your business in order to really be heard. Make sure you know who the event’s organizer’s are and that you agree with the philosophy before picking up the picket sign.
 
ENLIST MEN
Get the men in your life on board. Make them understand the various concerns and perspectives involved with the issue. And encourage them to show their support by voting, getting involved in events with you, donating money to your causes and spreading the word to their friends.
 
JOIN GROUPS
There are strength in numbers. Join organization that are promoting your causes. But don’t only attend meetings. Take in active role by helping to organize events, attract new members, and volunteer your ideas. It’s also a good idea to invite politicians to come meet and speak with the group. Go directly to the source of change!
 
PUT IT IN WRITING
If you want your representative to vote a certain way or disagree with an action she has taken, call or write to their office. Make sure the message is professional, succinct and that it gets your message across.
 
RUN FOR OFFICE
Don’t like the way things are being done, so them how to do it. Make a run for office in your community.
“There are a small number of women who run for political office and a smaller number are women of color.  We need more women of color to run for office so we can have a seat at the table where important policy decisions are made,” Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine tells us. Devine is the first African-American female to serve on Columbia, SC’s City Council and the first African-American to be elected at-large.
 
SUPPORT CANDIDATES THAT SUPPORT OUR ISSUES
Back those who have a history of pushing the concerns of black women. “Even if we don’t run for office, we need to be able to influence policy.  The best way to do that is to support candidates that support our issues.  The more people in office that care about issues that are important to us, helps shape good policy around those issues,” says Councilwoman Devine
 
SPEAK OUT
Make your voice heard. “Make sure you are speaking out on issues on all levels.  From your school board members, county and city council, all the way to national offices, make sure you are communicating with your elected officials. When you see things that are not right, speak up about it. And when you see that they don’t know enough about an issue that you have a particular expertise on, offer to educate them,” says Councilwoman Devine, who is also a founding partner in the law firm of Jabber & Isaac, PA.
 
November 4, 2013

Philly Election Information Goes On-line

 

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By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer

Al Schmidt, one of the three officials who run Philadelphia elections, remembers calling up the Election Office soon after he moved here in 2005. He wanted to know the number of voters registered citywide.

“I’d seen something on the news and just wanted to find out how many voters there were,” Schmidt said. “I found a phone number on the Internet and called up, asked the question. The first response was, ‘Are you Democrat or Republican?’ And after that it was, ‘Why did I want to know?’ “

At the time, Schmidt said, he was merely curious. But the more he got involved in local politics, first on the staff of the Republican City Committee, then as the GOP’s candidate for city controller, and, finally, in 2011, winning the Republican city commissioner’s seat, Schmidt said, his initial experience turned into a goal: to make the city’s election information “transparent for anyone, at any time, for any reason.”

 

Schmidt and his Democratic counterparts, Stephanie Singer and Anthony Clark, have largely made good on that goal with a new website, www.philadelphiavotes.com, that brings the office into the 21st century when it comes to informing the public.

Included on the website, developed with support from Soapbox Solutions L.L.C. under a $10,000 city contract:

Results of every city election since 2007, with returns broken down by each of the 1,687 voting divisions.

Tools that allow voters to type their addresses and find not only their polling places and names and contact information for their elected officials, but a list of election workers lined up to staff each polling place on election day.

Maps galore, showing boundaries for every ward and division, plus every City Council, legislative, and congressional district.

Detailed information about how to run for office, including how to comply with requirements such as campaign finance reports and personal financial disclosures.

A breakdown of the $9 million budget for the Commissioners’ Office, plus transcripts of the commissioners’ meetings.

A list of candidates and ballot numbers for the Nov. 5 general election, which features races for district attorney, city controller, and a slew of judgeships.

“It’s terrific, a very, very good start,” said Ellen Kaplan, deputy director of the nonpartisan election watchdog group the Committee of Seventy. “It’s something we’ve been calling on them to do for many, many years, and I’m glad to see it.”

Kaplan offered several suggestions for improvements, such as offering lists of the parties’ ward leaders and committee people, translations into more languages in addition to the English and Spanish versions now available, and a link to the state Election Code.

Still, she said, “it’s great to have it up there, much improved over anything they had online before.”

Singer, who along with Schmidt campaigned in 2011 for more election transparency and sharing of data with the public, said, “It’s not rocket science. This should have been done a decade ago.”

Singer, too, remembers a first brush with city election officials over information, or lack of it. In 2008, she created her own website to post past election results – which, at the time, weren’t easily available from the commissioners. She paid $195 to buy the data from the commissioners, and she had it up on her website within an hour of receiving it.

“If we want more people to be engaged in Philadelphia’s civic life,” Schmidt said, “we have to provide the information necessary to do it.”

 

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