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Obama Official Addresses City Hall Iftar Dinner

Obama Official Addresses City Hall Iftar Dinner

Raheemah Abdulaleem, a born-and-bred Philadelphian and senior associate general counsel in the executive office of President Barack Obama, keynoted the Iftar Dinner at City Hall last Thursday evening. Hosted by Laborers’ District Counsel Business Mgr. Ryan Boyer and City Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., the dinner in the Mayor’s meeting room marked the end of Ramadan […]

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Pols On The Street: DNC Must Weather Protests

by Joe Shaheeli Seems every time this city winds up in the center of a national event, someone comes in to rain on our parade. With the Democratic National Convention slated to attract worldwide attention during the last week in July, there is worry unscheduled, unpermitted protest parades will keep City safety forces on overtime, […]

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Jun. 30- State Rep. Lynwood Savage hosts “How to Pay for College Workshop” at Holy Temple COGIC 6000 Callowhill St., 6-8 p.m. Light refreshments. For info: (215) 879-6640. Jun. 30- Mayor Jim Kenney hosts Reception supporting Councilman Bobby Henon, Majority Leader, at Assembly Rooftop Lounge, Logan Hotel, 1 Logan Sq., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Guests $25 with […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Will Philly Ever Learn How to Handle Protests??

by Joe Shaheeli Why in the world would anyone want to not give Cheri Honkala a permit to protest? She’s the lady who for years has staged demonstrations, set up tent cities, and staged blockades in her constant efforts to draw attention to the fact we have homeless, the poor get poorer, and human rights […]

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Jun. 23-          State Rep. Donna Bullock hosts Open House at 2835 Girard Ave., 5:30-7 p.m. Help with unemployment, disability and workers’-compensation issues, birth and death certificates, navigating Health & Human Services, voter registration and problems with insurance and utility companies. Light refreshments. For info: (215) 684-3738. Jun. 23-          State Rep. Lynwood Savage hosts […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Feds Make Philly Politicians Easy Pickings

by Joe Shaheeli When Ed Rendell decided to run for District Attorney against Democratic incumbent F. Emmett Fitzpatrick in 1978, he was a neophyte in every sense of the word. What he had going for him was the image of a “change for the better” – helped by the incumbent, who nurtured the image of […]

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Latino Heads Major Union Local

Engraved in this union leader’s mind is the picture of a forlorn, skinny little boy in tattered clothes who would come every morning to the gate of the military compound in Bosnia where he was stationed and say, “Pepsi.” To Estebán Vera, Jr., now Laborer’s District Council’s Local 57 business manager, and the other US […]

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Jun. 16-          Jobs with Justice hosts Solidarity Awards Dinner at AFSCME Dist. 1199C, 1315 Locust St., 5:30. Honoring Councilmen Bill Greenlee and Wilson Goode, Jr., Ken Washington, Karen Schermerhorn and George Ricchezza. Open bar. Tickets $45 ($30 for low/fixed income). Jun. 18-          State Sen. Anthony Williams & State Rep. Joanna McClinton host Shredding […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Odds Favor Tax on All Sweet Drinks

by Joe Shaheeli Odds markets have moved from “no way” to “probable” Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposal to raise additional revenues for his pre-K program, which he strongly believes will reduce the number of students who may drop out of school in their later years. He’s worked hard at putting together a pro-Pre-K bloc, which now […]

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Hometown Delegates Will Have Short Commute to DNC

by Tony West Thirty-four delegates to the Democratic National Convention won’t be coming to Philadelphia in July. That’s because they’re already here. Most delegates were elected in the April primary, with numbers allotted by congressional district. Three Districts – the 1st, 2nd and 13th – include parts of Philadelphia as well of Delaware and Montgomery […]

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