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  • 15 Mar 2022 2:34 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Philadelphia police say they are stepping up patrols in areas where homeless people congregate after attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. Police believe this is the gunman responsible.

    Philadelphia Police Increasing Patrols After Attacks On Homeless In New York, Washington (

  • 10 Mar 2022 12:33 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    On March 9th, Fear and Street Crime was the fourth installment of CCRA's Sense in the City discussion series under the skillful leadership of the Ethical Society's Hugh Taft Morales.  After Hugh presented an overview of the problem and the police and non-police based "solutions," small groups discussed several aspects of the issue. Questions included:  Should those victimized by street crime, especially those from neighborhoods where gang violence is decimating communities, be involved in generating solutions?  Should we look to criminal justice solutions or solutions outside the criminal justice system? Do you think your fear of street crime is augmented by media sensationalism?

    Discussion groups reported grappling with several issues: the importance of social services in steering young people away from criminal behavior, rehabilitation versus punishment, state versus local responsibility, the impact of high capacity magazines on public safety, the relevance of age on one's perception of street crime, and the inability of many Philadelphians to imagine the stresses on residents living in less resourced areas of the city.

    View presentation here

  • 10 Mar 2022 10:18 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    At the CCRA board meeting on Tuesday, March 8,  Jane Golden from the Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia proposed a new mural at 17th & Pine Streets. You can watch the presentation here.

    Disclaimer: apologies in advance for the technical difficulties 

  • 08 Mar 2022 3:42 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Join the Philadelphia Commission for Women for a virtual conversation with our elected City Councilmembers:

    • Cherelle Parker   
    • Cindy Bass 
    • Maria Quinones Sanchez  
    • Kendra  Brooks  
    • Kathrine Gilmore Richardson 

    We'll talk about what inspired them to run for public office,  the barriers they may have encountered, and what they did to overcome them.

    Moderated by Philadelphia Commission Chair Vanessa Fields,  this event is part of the commission's month-long series commemorating Women's History Month—"Your Voice. Your Power. Your Vote: Making Democracy Work.”  View the entire series and sign up below!

    The Women of City Council

  • 03 Mar 2022 2:40 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Members now can print/save their membership cards on their own.  All you do is log in to your account on the CCRA website. There’s are two types of images available. Select the one you need.  If you are a Household, Patron, Angel, or Legend member, separate accounts will be created so those members can have access as well.

    If you still would like your cards mailed to you or if you are having trouble, please notify Travis Oliver.

  • 03 Mar 2022 11:43 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Photos and news reports have shown us the agony of those thrust into sudden refugee status as Ukraine attempts to fend off the Russian bear. Last month, we highlighted how to help Afghan refugees here in Philadelphia.  As we count our blessings, this month we ask you to consider donating items or funds to help those struggling in or who have fled the Ukraine.  Click here for places to donate funds.  Go here to pack up a box of necessities for Ukrainian families. 

  • 02 Mar 2022 4:23 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    After the city of Philadelphia repealed its indoor mask rule on Wednesday, the School District of Philadelphia plans to make masks optional for students and faculty next week.

    Superintendent William Hite Jr. said in a letter to families that masks will be optional for students and faculty beginning Wednesday, March 9 if COVID-19 scores continue to decrease.

    According to US Department of Health and Human Services requirements, masks will still be required for students and staff in the district's Pre-K Head Start programs.

  • 02 Mar 2022 2:34 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Philadelphia's indoor mask requirement was lifted on Wednesday, at least for the time being, after federal health officials suggested that people in locations like the area no longer need to wear masks.

    Health officials have stated that if a new variation appears or Philadelphia has another surge, requirements such as the mask requirement and proof of vaccination to eat indoors may be reinstated.

    Businesses can still impose COVID safeguards, such as requiring proof of vaccination or mask use.

  • 24 Feb 2022 12:06 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Through Sunday, September 18, 2022

    The most comprehensive touring exhibition about the Wizarding World makes its world premiere this winter at Philadelphia’s iconic science museum. The immersive experience reveals the artistry and craftsmanship behind the props, costumes and environments from the blockbuster films of the Harry Potter series, as well as Fantastic Beasts.

    Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street

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