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Jim Kenney 1,000 days in: The fine print of the Philly mayor's promises 10.10.2018 News
End stop-and-frisk. Implement universal pre-K. Send tens of millions of dollars more to Philadelphia's schools. Create family-sustaining jobs. On his 1,000th day in office, Mayor Jim Kenney released a progress report. We ran a fine-tooth comb through it to determine what he's really gotten done.
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The business of clean energy equity for all 9.10.2018 Resource Efficiency |
Here are three ways to advance a inclusive, green economy.
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Two-thirds of Philly kids can't read at grade level. Can a library in a barbershop change that? 4.10.2018 News
Two-thirds of all Philadelphia third graders cannot read at grade level, a marker that researchers say can be a make-or-break for whether students succeed in school make it to 12th-grade graduation. A group of organizations and philanthropists is taking a public-health approach to fix it.
Where kids live determines whether they realize American Dream 3.10.2018 News
Although they both started at the same level of poverty, the child who comes of age in the less-poor community will make more money in life than the child who spends her life in the low-income area.
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In the city's poorest neighborhoods, libraries close earlier and more often 20.9.2018 News
Branches in areas that are more financially distressed are more likely to be closed by 6 p.m. on weekdays and completely on weekends. Libraries in communities with low poverty rates are more likely to stay open until 8 p.m., and be open on weekends. In addition, across the city, branches experience unanticipated closures due to staffing shortages, with the poorest neighborhoods - North, Northeast, Southwest and North Central - accounting for more than half of the 372 closures so far this year.
What sub-Saharan Africa shows us about serving communities that are 'under the grid' 19.9.2018 Resource Efficiency |
Entrepreneurs are increasingly investing in clean minigrids to cover unreliable utility services.
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Your friendly neighborhood crossing guards could make your corners even safer - if only the city would let them | Opinion 14.9.2018 News
Expand their job duties (and pay to align with these new duties) by allowing them to ticket low-level traffic and parking violations.
Philly antipoverty office: Lack of clout, vision, and leadership 13.9.2018 News
In 2013, then Mayor Michael Nutter rebranded Philadelphia's community services office and charged it with nothing less than the slashing of poverty in the poorest big city in the U.S. Five years and two mayors later, the Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity (CEO) has spent $65 million with few measurable accomplishments to show for it.
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Census: Black, Latino Minnesotans share in broad income gains 13.9.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
According to U.S. Census figures, the overall median household income of the state rose to $68,400. Black households experienced a bump in income for the third year in a row to $38,100. Black and Latino households each gained about $4,000 in 2017.
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Still rising: First-generation college students a decade later 11.9.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Ten years ago, two students bet that college would help them move up. They were the first in their families to go to college and the odds were against them. Did the bet work out for them?
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Philly cops are taking jobs to the corners, but here's one job seeker who won't be there | Helen Ubiñas 8.9.2018 News
"I don't trust them enough. Nowhere near enough."
Boosting regional economy requires cooperation across state lines | Opinion 7.9.2018 News
The Philadelphia Fed is ready to help because our reach allows us to convene interested parties from across state borders to learn from one another and share best practices.
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Meet the tireless Philadelphians who give their all to make the city safer | Helen Ubiñas 17.8.2018 News
"Even if you can't reach the masses . . . make sure you have an impact on the people you can reach. "
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How can we get Philly kids reading at grade level by fourth grade? | Opinion 14.8.2018 News
Read by 4th is made up of parents, educators, literacy specialists, neighborhood merchants, faith leaders, elected and appointed officials and program providers.
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People with lived experience of homelessness walking for justice 10.7.2018 - News for the rest of us
Talking Radical Radio Kym Hines, Hugh Lampkin and Cynthia Travers are social justice activists who have lived experience of homelessness. Hines is an anti-poverty activist involved in a number of groups in Victoria, British Columbia. Lampkin is the vice-president of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (or VANDU), which does work related to social justice, drug policy and harm reduction. Travers has been active in multiple projects related to homelessness and poverty in Kamloops, B.C. Both Hines and Travers are also active participants in the Lived Experience of Homelessness Network. Scott Neigh interviews them about the Poor Persons Walk , an action taking place later in July in a number of communities in British Columbia. One big part of our society's response to homelessness and poverty -- that is, when we don't just ignore such things completely -- is to blame the people who face them. This happens in obvious ways in responses that are harsh and punitive but also in more coded ways in many ...
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Will the Tax Act Set Back Private Equity? 2.7.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File House Speaker Paul Ryan, left, and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, second from left, congratulate each other after signing the final version of the GOP tax bill during an enrollment ceremony at the Capitol in Washington Section 13301 of the  Tax Cuts and Jobs Act  spans only 12 of the legislation’s 503 pages. It doesn’t cover the giant corporate tax rate cut, the trim to the top marginal rate, or changes to pass-through income. It wasn’t part of anyone’s talking points, whether touting or damning the tax overhaul. After passage, few even understood how it got into the bill. But Section 13301 could affect the lives of millions of Americans. It could radically upend the balance sheets of some of the most powerful financial institutions in the country. It’s hard to know at this point exactly how these firms will compensate for the changes. But it does show how small shifts in the tax laws can have wide-ranging, unanticipated consequences. What does Section ...
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Saturday deadline looms for families who fled Puerto Rico after Maria to leave transitional housing 28.6.2018 News
Families who fled Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria are facing a Saturday deadline to leave FEMA-paid hotels. Local organizations are joining forces to help them get permanent housing.
Ontario fightback: Progressive MPPs headed to Queens Park speak out 28.6.2018 - News for the rest of us
Maya Bhullar On June 29 Ontarians will have a new premier who takes power with a Progressive Conservative majority government. However, Ontarians also elected some amazing progressive candidates, and at we intend to amplify what people are doing to stand for what Ontarians want and to continue to support progressive change. This is the first of a new Activist Toolkit series on Ontario's fightback against proposed cutbacks and attacks on the things you believe are important. Tell us about what you are doing by sending an email to maya[at] To launch the series, we reached out to all the progressive MPPs who were elected and asked them three questions: why they ran, what they heard at doors, and what we can do to help them stand for Ontarians. After a hard-fought campaign, the slate of MPPs headed to Queens Park are busy and need time to recuperate. We are so grateful to (in no particular order) France Gélinas (Nickel Belt), Peter Tabuns (Toronto Danforth), Laura Mae Lindo  (Kitchener ...
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A better approach to economic development for indigenous communities 23.6.2018 Design & Innovation |
This new model can holistically measure the health and wealth of communities — and that's critical for First Nation communities.
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Linking Commuter Rail to Jobs, Housing, and Opportunity in Eastern Massachusetts 18.6.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Michael Dwyer Passengers board a train at South Station in Boston Waiting at a suburban station for the train to Boston, I remember my father, who commuted to the state capital from our home south of the city for more than four decades. These old, stubborn purple-trimmed trains still lumber along just like they did when he first started riding them to work in the 1970s. As I listen for the rails to hiss and give away the approaching train, I wonder if the waves of growth and innovation engulfing metro Boston will finally force the Bay State to take a fresh approach to transit, housing, and commercial development. Scurrying down the platform toward a conductor, who hangs out of an open door to wave us in, I pass a route map for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) vast commuter rail network. A dozen branching lines carry passengers over nearly 400 miles of track (Chicago and New York are the only systems in the U.S. with greater reach). In the first half of the 19th century, ...
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