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  • 02 Jul 2020 11:40 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Our neighborhood's beloved Marian Anderson Museum & Historical Society has recently suffered from flooding in the basement of the Museum and is working to repair the damage. In addition, the Historical Society and Museum has been closed due to COVID and yet to receive any support loans or grants to subsidize their ongoing operational costs. Today, we're helping Jillian of the Museum to fundraise the costs incurred over this period, including the cost of the damage to the basement.

    (*Official photograph presented for the new exhibit for the 2020 Season "Marian The Music The Women & The Movement")


  • 02 Jul 2020 11:32 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Petition for Fairmount Sports Association

    As many of you are aware, a considerable and growing encampment of homeless rights advocates have positioned themselves on the Southeast corner of Von Colln Memorial Field, which is the ball field that is bounded by the Parkway to the south, Pennsylvania Avenue to the north, 22nd Street to the East, and Spring Garden Street. This protest grew out of the George Floyd and Black Lives Matter protests that have dominated the national and local discussion for the past five weeks now.

    The issue of persistent homelessness and housing insecurity is one of the most vexing issues confronting this city, and while the Logan Square neighborhood can count itself fortunate and blessed in many regards, we are not strangers to this issue and stand firmly on the side of those who advocate for long-term solutions. We are known to many of the city’s most important advocates on this issue for our active involvement; we’ve made affordable housing a goal of our 2019 neighborhood development plan.

    But the issue of this particular encampment - unannounced, operating entirely outside the City approval process - is of a different order of free expression. And the encampment’s persistence is now a direct challenge to the resumption of one of this neighborhood’s most treasured outdoor resources: T-Ball and Little League and Softball play overseen at Von Colln Memorial Field by our neighbors who run the Fairmount Sports Association (FSA). Over 400 Boys and Girls from 36 zip codes across the city play in FSA’s leagues each year.

    As the City maps its way out of the worst of the COVID-19 lockdown, the City has given its approval for the resumption of these youth-oriented activities. A tentative start date of July 6th has been circled. As anyone from the neighborhood will know, once the ball-playing season at Von Colln Memorial Field commences, the park is thronged each evening and throughout the weekends as a vital outlet for our youth and their families. FSA has been a crucial institution for our neighborhood for over 60 years. Many kids from LSNA member families have participated in these activities.

    It is the judgement of the leaders of the Fairmount Sports Association that play cannot resume side-by-side with this protest encampment. The encampment now fully consumes the fields where the T-Ball activities are concentrated; tents now spill over on to the main playing fields closer to Pennsylvania Ave.

    The board of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association supports the FSA in this conclusion. The intention of this petition is to insist that City authorities undertake to move the encampment from its present location so that youth activities at Von Colln Memorial Field can resume.

    To sign this petition is not to be oppositional to the intention of the protesters nor their aims. But if the challenges of COVID-19 were not enough for the City, for this neighborhood, the undersigned are asking for the needed resumption of the organized youth-oriented activity for which this park is known and for the timely and humane conclusion of the ongoing encampment. 

    To Sign the Petition, click HERE.

  • 01 Jul 2020 3:21 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    COVID-19 UPDATE: In Pennsylvania, masks must now be worn whenever anyone leaves home.

    This is essential to stopping the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania.

    More about this requirement:

  • 01 Jul 2020 2:24 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    As childcare centers reopen with care, they must follow Safe Mode guidance from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. COVID-19 is not gone, so we must reopen with care. When we begin the green phase, not all activities can restart right away. As Philadelphia continues to reduce the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing and other precautions, the City’s PHLpreK team has compiled recommended activities and resources for families and childcare providers.

  • 01 Jul 2020 11:02 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    NBC 10:  An encampment along Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway can't "go on forever" and conversations are ongoing with residents staying in tents there to reach a resolution, the city managing director said Tuesday.

    It has grown to more than 100 tents, and its organizers say they want the city to house the residents permanently.

  • 30 Jun 2020 6:11 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Philadelphia’s City Council has kicked off an initiative to keep people in the city safe by encouraging face coverings by giving out free masks. Philly Live’s Aunyea Lachelle talks to Council President Darrell Clarke about ‘mask up Philly.'

  • 30 Jun 2020 1:10 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    New COVID-19 cases continues to spike in Philly.  Therefore, the City has decided to postpone reopening which was scheduled for Friday, 7/3.  This means:

    • No indoor dining.
    • Gyms and fitness centers to remain closed.
    • No outdoor gathering with excess of 50 people.
    • Teleworking is strongly recommended.

    The City will look into reopening on Aug. 1.

    A "Modified Reopening" will take place on Friday, 7/3.  Businesses that can reopen are:

    • Museums and libraries
    • Casinos with provisions
    • Outdoor gathers with a max of 50 people.
  • 30 Jun 2020 11:16 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the European Union has release a list of countries that are barred to enter 27 European countries.  The United States is included on that list.  

  • 29 Jun 2020 11:50 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    FOX 29:  Philadelphia officials say they have begun to reevaluate plans to move into the Green Phase of reopening this Friday after what they anticipate will be a failure to reach the targets they laid out.

    Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley joined Good Day Philadelphia on Monday morning where he explained that it "looks like we're not going to meet the targets that we had laid out to go to green."

    One of the biggest targets Dr. Farley has pointed to in the past was a consistent decrease in cases over four weeks. He also says the city may not be meeting their daily case targets.

    Health officials have reported an average of more than 100 new cases per day in the city for the last week, which is an increase from prior weeks.

  • 29 Jun 2020 11:17 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    CCRA Supports Proposed Police Reform and Requests That FOP Be Asked To Renegotiate Its Contract And That Council Convene Over the Summer

    On June 8, Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson sent a letter to Mayor Kenney, signed by 13 other supporting Councilmembers, containing 15 relatively specific recommendations for police department reform.  On June 9, Mayor Kenney issued a document titled:  "Actions for change:  No budget increase, new use-of-force policies, changes to union contract, and more."    It responds, affirmatively, to each of the 15 recommendations in Johnson's June 8 letter, and actually goes much further.  It also ties in the previously announced Police Reform Working Group and a newly created "Reconciliation Steering Committee." (View document here.) Over the past several days, the CCRA Board voted to endorse the reforms set forth in these documents, and to so advise the Mayor and City Council.  Equally important, given the centrality of the City's contract with the Fraternal Order of Police to the implementation of several of these reforms, CCRA is requesting that the Mayor and Councilmembers ask the FOP to renegotiate its contract now.  Furthermore, given the urgency of the moment, CCRA is also requesting that Council convene over its traditional summer recess (from now until mid-September) in order to hold hearings and enact the legislation necessary to effectuate the proposed reforms.  We look forward to the responses of Mayor Kenney and all Councilmembers to our requests.  The text of our letter, which is going out today, is as follows:

    To The Mayor and City Council:

    In the aftermath of George Floyd's murder, the Center City Residents' Association (CCRA) agrees with Councilmember Johnson's June 8th letter, signed by 13 other Councilmembers, which asserts that "police reform cannot wait" and that the City must "act decisively." We also support Mayor Kenney's June 9th agenda for police reform and his commitment to "seize this moment" and "move quickly, because too many lives are being lost."  Both documents are laudable.  However, because "police reform cannot wait," because now is the time to "move quickly," CCRA implores the Administration and Council to immediately call upon the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police to renegotiate its contract so that these necessary reforms can be realized.  And because "police reform cannot wait," because now is the time to "move quickly,"CCRA implores Council to do three things:  (1) swiftly draft bills necessary to implement the proposals already endorsed by a great majority of Council and the Mayor;  (2) promptly hold public hearings on the proposed new laws; and (3) convene no later than August to enact the necessary legislation.


    In keeping with the urgency of the moment, we look forward to a speedy response.

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