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Senator Tartaglione, Gov. Wolf lead rally for long overdue raise to Pennsylvania’s minimum wage

State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia) and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf led a coalition of elected officials, labor leaders, worker advocates, and commuters at the bustling Frankford Transportation Center earlier this month to rally support for a long overdue raise in Pennsylvania’s minimum wage.

It’s been 13 years since the legislature last raised the state’s minimum wage, and a decade since the federal government’s last minimum wage increase. Pennsylvania workers have been subject to a $7.25 minimum wage since then. At that rate, a 40-hour-per-week worker would earn just $15,080 per year. That’s barely above the federal poverty level for an individual, and about $1,400 below the poverty level for a two-person household.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 22, 2019

Community gathers for discussion on the State of Education in Philadelphia

Educational Opportunities for Families (EOF) held a town hall meeting earlier this month, at The Philadelphia Masjid on the state of Philadelphia’s K-12 schools and the effect that failing schools have on students and communities.

“I attended to help other parents know what’s going on in Philadelphia concerning the kids in our neighborhood,” said Taj Shabazz, an attendee of EOF’s town hall. “I was surprised to learn that 20,000 kids are attending bad schools, and I am just so shocked that kids can be in bad schools and nobody is held accountable.”

Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 22, 2019

Trial Begins in Challenge to State Prisons’ Legal Mail Policy

Harrisburg, PA - The trial in two lawsuits challenging the Pennsylvania state prison system’s policy of copying and storing mail between lawyers and their clients who are incarcerated began today in a federal courtroom in Harrisburg. The two lawsuits - one brought by four prisoners’ rights organizations and the other by a person who is incarcerated - ask the court to overturn the practice by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) as a violation of the confidentiality guaranteed between lawyers and their clients, as protected by the First Amendment.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 22, 2019

First African-American chemistry Ph.D. honored with landmark during Black History Month

WASHINGTON— St. Elmo Brady, the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry, was being honored by the American Chemical Society (ACS) with a National Historic Chemical Landmark. The designation will be celebrated on February 5, 2019 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which awarded Brady his doctorate in 1916. The event coincides with February's Black History Month.

'This landmark designation recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and leadership impact that Dr. Brady has had on the chemical profession,' says ACS Immediate Past President Peter K. Dorhout, Ph.D., an alumnus who presentthe university with a bronze plaque about Brady at the designation ceremony. 'I am proud to be an alumnus of the university that was part of his legacy — dreaming, designing and executing the creation of four outstanding and impactful chemistry programs that have each worked to ensure access to higher education and the chemical professions for so many young African-American men and women over the last century.'

Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 22, 2019

Sisters in Freedom spotlights trailblazing female abolitionists

Sisters in Freedom, the extraordinary story of the black and white women who together created America’s first organized female political force and their daring battle to abolish slavery, caps off Black History Month with a public screening at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central Library. The event, which starts at 6:30 p.m. on

Wednesday, February 27, will be followed by a panel discussion facilitated by the film’s writer Nathaniel Popkin with Dr. Emma Lapsansky-Werner of Haverford College and Dr. Kate Oxx of St. Joseph’s University. Directed by Wendy Cox and Andrew Ferrett and narrated by actress Sheryl Lee Ralph. The timely documentary on how the abolition movement of the 1830s led to the first wave of American feminism is screening as women’s movements across the nation dominate the headlines.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 22, 2019

South Florida’s 10-member Urban Inspirational Soul Band Sensere releases third independent project

Miami, FL -The electrifying, urban-inspirational soul band, Sensere, is back in a major way with their third independent full-length project, God, Family, The Band (WrightSound Records/IndieBlu - ( Released a few weeks ago, this set is 35 minutes of energetic, musical brilliance that captures Sensere’s distinct, soul-ful sounds and God centered message. The album is currently sitting at #22 on the Billboard Gospel Album Sales chart.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 22, 2019

Citizens Bank Contributes $150,000 to Philadelphia LISC for Workforce Development Initiatives

Citizens Bank announced a $150,000 contribution to Philadelphia Local Initiatives Support Coalition (LISC) for an expanded partnership to fuel career-focused education and training throughout the Greater Philadelphia Region. The collaboration is part of a broader partnership between national nonprofit LISC and the Citizens Charitable Foundation. This partnership will fund a range of employment services designed to help people to find work, move up from minimum wage jobs and stabilize their family’s financial outlook.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 1, 2019

Attorney General Shapiro warns consumers to be cautious of fake IRS calls and scams

HARRISBURG — As tax season gets underway, Attorney General Josh Shapiro is warning consumers about fraudulent calls and scams from criminals impersonating IRS agents – and telling recipients they need to send money right away or risk arrest by the IRS.

“Scam artists are using new technology and highpressure tactics to get people to give out personal information. One popular tactic, especially during tax season, is scam artists impersonating the IRS and trying to scare you into paying them thousands of dollars,” Attorney General Shapiro said. “My Office is here to protect you, help you avoid being scammed, and go after these scammers anywhere we find them.”

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 1, 2019

At the Barnes this March

First Friday! Black Pearl Friday, March 1, 6-9pm $28, Students- $10, Members- $10 Founded by award-winning artistic director Jeri Lynne Johnson, the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra champions ethnic diversity in classical music. This performance will spotlight talents including principal horn Larry Williams of the Lyric Brass Quintet, and flutist Julietta Curenton, who will be the featured soloist on Mozart’s Flute Concerto no. 2 in D Major.

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HeartSpace Community Healing Pop-up experience returns for second installment

Experiencing and creating art in all of its expressions is a powerful way to heal, learn, provoke, process, grow and connect. Creating space for such transformation is the inspiration for heARTspace, a free pop-up books, art and wellness experience taking place March 7 – 10 at UtilityWorks in Lansdowne.

Presented by Philadelphia- area independent content creation company NewSeason Books and Media (NSBM), heARTspace made its debut as a three-day pop-up experience last December. Crowds of visitors enjoyed artist-led workshops and readings, wellness talks, art installations, children’s storytelling, a unique, open mic titled “The Listening Station” and a retail location with inspirational apparel, a “well-read books” table and healthy refreshments.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 1, 2019