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A Stretch of Broad Street is now named Rev. Dr. Leon H. Sullivan Way

by Napoleon Kingcade

Charitable Trust Board Chairperson Mable Welborn made her point of view known to the crowd. Reverend Leon H. Sullivan was a giant who left a giant mark, not only in Philadelphia, but the rest of the world. Her testimony set the tone, last Saturday, when family, friends and dignitaries gathered in front of the Leon H. Sullivan Human Services Center, located at 1415 North Broad Street, to kick off the unveiling of a new street sign named after the successful minister, civil rights advocate and corporate leader. The street sign, which reads Rev. Dr. Leon H. Sullivan Way, can be seen from Broad & Girard Avenue to Broad & Oxford Streets. 

“A giant walked among us as a community activist,” said Mable Welborn who serves as the Chairperson of the Leon H. Sullivan  Charitable Trust. “He was a giant with a vision. He intentionally focused on moving mountains. He left a large foot print during a time when cities like Philadelphia were self-destructing. This giant left an incredibly large foot print in Philadelphia. His foot print is more than three blocks long... His giant foot print is unlike any other foot print left by any other person.”        

To read more about Rev. Sullivan Way see SCOOP USA Media November 22, 2019, page 2                       

City Council Committee holds budget hearing

    City Council’s Appropriations Committee held hearings on November 12, 2019, on a series of budget transfer ordinances; and, Councilmembers made the case for what they termed “strategic investments” in initiatives on public safety, housing, neighborhood commercial corridors and other programs benefitting a wide swath of Philadelphia.

     In a series of budget ordinances heard by Council’s Appropriations Committee chaired by Councilmember Maria D. Quiñones Sánchez (7th District), here are some of those investments championed by City Council.

 $5 million for strategies aimed at reducing the city’s unacceptable level of gun violence. These funds would go to anti-violence programs such as Focused Deterrence; rapid response trauma teams in neighborhoods; community investment grants and other strategies. The city has been scarred by a series of recent shootings involving infants and toddlers being shot in their homes, in cars and in one case, as they walked home from school.

     $15 million for affordable housing. Programs like Philly First Home, which provides one-time grants to first-time homebuyers to help cover down payments and closing costs to buy a home, are making headway. The city is seeking to target more resources to this program and other affordable housing initiatives under the Housing Trust Fund.

  $10 million in economic stimulus initiatives to support efforts to further attract, retain and grow businesses in Philadelphia.

To read more see SCOOP USA Media November 22, 2019, page 4 

Legislators, advocates help raise awareness for bone marrow donor need

Harrisburg- Inspired by a Pennsylvania teen who is in need of a bone marrow transplant, state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, hosted a news conference on November 19, 2019 to bring attention to the crucial need of bone marrow donors, especially people of color.  

Kinsey was joined by Sen. Larry Farnese, D-Phila., and Michael Garbin from Be the Match. The news conference was held in honor of Juwan Adams, a senior at Abington Senior High School who has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and who is currently waiting for a donor match.

To read more see SCOOP USA Media November 22, 2019, page 4 

Comcast NBCUniversal to Provide $2 Million in Scholarships to High School Seniors

    Comcast NBCUniversal is pleased to invite high school seniors across the country to apply for the Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program, which recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding community service, exceptional academic performance, and strong leadership skills. The award, funded by the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation, is a one-time, $2,500 scholarship to be used toward undergraduate education-related expenses.

   Since 2001, Comcast NBCUniversal has awarded more than $33 million in scholarships to approximately 30,000 students to help them pursue higher education. Over the last five years, more than 800 students in Pennsylvania attending institutions such as Penn State University, the University of Pittsburgh, University of Pennsylvania and Temple University, have benefitted from the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program.

To read more see SCOOP USA Media November 22, 2019, page 8

Meet the author, Superhero Dr. Dyslexia Dude, free graphic novel book giveaway

   Dyslexia is the most common learning disability affecting 1 in 5! 90% of children referred for Special Education Services are a result of reading deficits. 65% - 75% of children with reading deficits in the primary grades rarely become skilled readers.

   The Reading Clinic, Inc. is hosting a free community awareness outreach event on Saturday, November 23,, from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Parker Family Community Learning Center, 1401 North 29th Street, Philadelphia, to create advocacy and awareness for the most common learning disability affecting 1 in 5. 

Truancy, drop-out rates, an crime and substance abuse increase with learning disabilities. Over 50% of those incarcerated are more likely to be Dyslexic. 

   Free graphic novels will be provided to all registered youth. Free parent resources will be available to identify warning signs, early intervention strategies, how to help your child at home and how to work with your child’s school. Light refreshments will be served.

To read more see SCOOP USA Media November 22, 2019, page 8

Citizens Bank announces $125K Contribution to Support West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

  Citizens Bank announced a $125,000 investment in University City District’s nationally recognized job training program, the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI), to support its expansion efforts. After having worked exclusively with University City employers and West Philadelphia residents, the organization will extend its reach to employers across the region.

Citizens Bank Mid-Atlantic President Daniel K. Fitzpatrick presented Craig Carnaroli, University City District Board President and Penn Executive Vice President with the ceremonial big check on behalf of the Citizens Charitable Foundation, and they unveiled details about the partnership. This was followed by a roundtable discussion, where WPSI program participants asked Fitzpatrick and Carnaroli their career questions.

To read more see SCOOP USA Media November 22, 2019, page 9

Customers Bank awards Scholarships to students at Philadelphia’s Zion Baptist Church

     Five members of Zion Baptist Church each received a $5,000 scholarship to attend the college or university of their choice. The scholarships were awarded to students that exemplify the memory of Dr. Leon H. Sullivan, the former pastor at Zion Baptist Church and a well-known social activist and civil rights leader.

Last year, Customers Bank extended its pledge to provide scholarships to students attending Zion Baptist Church for another three years and increased its financial commitment to $175,000. Since 2014, Customers Bank has awarded 29 scholarships providing $150,000 in financial support to Zion Baptist Church students.

    The $5,000 scholarships are part of Customers Bank’s commitment to foster educational opportunities while recognizing the memory of Dr. Sullivan. The students who were awarded the scholarships were selected by a special scholarship committee, which monitors the program.

To read more see SCOOP USA Media November 22, 2019, page 11

Davidson-sponsored bill to help breast cancer survivors passes the House

Harrisburg-A bill co-sponsored by Southeast Delegation Chairwoman Margo L. Davidson, D-Delaware, to provide insurance coverage for custom breast prosthetics (H.B. 1457) overwhelmingly passed the House on Monday, November 18, 2019.

“The enactment of this bill will make a positive difference in many breast cancer survivors’ lives,” Davidson said about the bill she co-sponsored with Rep. Meghan Schroeder, R-Bucks. “That’s why I was proud to spearhead this bill through the House.”

Currently, most insurers cover reconstructive breast surgery and off-the-shelf breast prosthetics for women post mastectomy surgery. There are some situations where neither of these two options are reasonable. Off-the-shelf prosthetics are not always possible if a woman has an irregular chest wall post mastectomy surgery and not every woman is a good candidate for reconstructive surgery. Though women who have post mastectomy surgery have an additional option with custom breast prosthetics, some insurers may not always provide coverage.

To read more see SCOOP USA Media November 22, 2019, page 14

Fund at Philadelphia Foundation supports housing needs of women

    A $100,000 grant from Philadelphia Foundation’s Coles House Fund will support HAVEN Women in helping female veterans break the cycle of homelessness.

 “We are so grateful for the support of Coles House Fund through the Philadelphia Foundation,” said Dana Spain, President of HAVEN Women. “This donation will help our residents transition into permanent housing by supplying a stipend for furniture, basic needs and a security deposit. This funding will directly help our women break the cycle of homelessness.”

     “Women are assuming combat roles in the military,” Spain noted. “It is imperative that we support them when they return, as we see an increasing number of female veterans come home with PTSD and other challenges. We are steadfastly making their mental and physical health a priority, while providing enrichment and training programs to ensure their future success.”

    The Coles House Fund, a Donor Advised Fund established at Philadelphia Foundation in 2002, traces its roots to a Young Women’s Board Home Association founded in 1865 by Mary Coles to advance the ability of women to get jobs by providing them with safe, comfortable and affordable housing when they came to Philadelphia for work or study.

To read more see SCOOP USA Media November 22, 2019, page 14


Philadelphia's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks-off its 100th in Love Park

For the 100th consecutive year, the party on the Parkway returns on November 28, 2019. In anticipation of the excitement, 6abc held an event, open to the public, at Love Park on November 7, 2019 to kick-off the countdown of the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Action News at noon provided LIVE coverage to give viewers a look at all the excitement as we celebrate 100 years of fun!

To read more "Thanksgiving Parade" view SCOOP USA Media, November 15, 2019, page 3

Mayor announces Expanded Initiatives for Neighborhoods Most Affected by Gun Violence

Mayor Kenney, joined by members of Philadelphia City Council announced a host of further efforts to assist communities most directly impacted by gun violence, on November 6, 2019, the first day after the Election.

“We share City Council’s sense of urgency to curb the senseless gun violence that harms and claims so many lives in Philadelphia,” said the Mayor. “We continue to work toward implementation of the Philadelphia Roadmap to Safer Communities, the comprehensive, five-year anti-violence plan that we unveiled in January. Yet even as we do so, all of us in City government—including our colleagues in City Council—recognize the need for additional, immediate steps to be added to our plan that address that urgency. I want to thank Council President Clarke, Council members Jones and Johnson, and all other members for their leadership on this issue.  I’m confident that these programs will benefit those residents most directly affected by the scourge of guns.”

To read more "Gun Violence" view SCOOP USA Media, November 15, 2019, page 4

Rabb to host ‘Thankful Thursday’ constituent service events

State Rep. Chris Rabb will host two upcoming events to provide constituents with information and resources to help enhance their lives.

The events will take place:

Noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, West Oak Lane Library, 2000 E. Washington Lane, 19138

2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, Pleasant Recreation Center, 6757 Chew Ave., 19119

To read more "Constituent events" view SCOOP USA Media, November 15, 2019, page 4

Philadelphia FIGHT to Hold Expungement Summit Reentry Resource and Health Fair

Philadelphia FIGHT’s Institute for Community Justice will be teaming up with Deliverance Evangelistic Church, The Defender Association of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity to hold an Expungement Summit Reentry Resource and Health Fair on Tuesday, November 19 from 10am - 5 p.m. at Deliverance Evangelistic Church, 2001 W. Lehigh Avenue. It is free and open to the public.

Participants impacted by mass incarceration will have access to free, legal assistance for expungement and obtain resources essential for a successful reintegration into the community. The expungement clinic will offer assistance for both violent and non-violent crimes.

To read more "Philadelphia Fight" view SCOOP USA Media, November 15, 2019, page 4

McClinton honors Veterans, connects them with veterans’ services during Annual Veterans Expo

State Rep. Joanna McClinton honored 37 veterans at her annual Veterans Expo Friday, November 8, 2019, including a World War II veteran, a Korean War veteran and veterans who served in the Vietnam, Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq wars, during her annual Veterans Expo ahead of Veterans Day.

 “How do you say thank you to people who were willing to sacrifice their lives for your freedom?” McClinton said. “Words aren’t enough. In fact, I don’t know that we can adequately thank these brave veterans for their service to our country. But I want them to know that no matter how many years -- no matter how many decades – have passed since they returned home or since they last wore their service uniform, I will never forget what they gave. That’s what my annual Veterans Expo is about; it’s a gesture of gratitude, an acknowledgement for all they have done and an opportunity to connect them to invaluable resources.”

To read more "McClinton honors Veterans" view SCOOP USA Media, November 15, 2019, page 8

Men of Color Working to Make a Change

by Maurice Henderson

Philly has become a namesake as the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.

This trademark for Men of Color to be referred to as the belonging of movers and shakers within the boundaries of Philly and other regions.  This past Monday was the time frame for former Lindback Teacher of the Year Award Recipient Desmond Kirton, Sr. to be feted with a City Council Citation, amongst other males in attendance at the Veterans Day Luncheon held at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 1814 Wharton Street.  Mr. Kirton is a prominent Teacher at Dobbins Technical High School and was previously featured on the Spotlight Series convened by the Mayors Office of Black Male Engagement. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, served as the monthly hosting day for the Men's Coffee Talk held from 11am-12:30pm at the United Bank Building at 3750 Lancaster Avenue. This series is an encouraged chat and chew well promoted by Kevin Brown, whose distinguished community work includes providing human resource development through the Peoples Emergency Center and the Red Cross. Mr. Brown is well known in the Black Bottom, Drexel and Mantua area as the Manager for the Neighborhood Advisory Committee.

To read more "Men of Color" view SCOOP USA Media, November 15, 2019, page 6

Rochelle Bilal is the First Woman and African American Woman to be Elected as Sheriff of Philadelphi

Election Day, Tuesday, November 05, 2019, Philadelphia broke the glass ceiling in electing the first woman and African American candidate to serve as Sheriff of Philadelphia. In the general election, Rochelle Bilal ran unopposed securing 215,710 votes. 

Rochelle is a 27-year Philadelphia Police Department veteran. She joined the police department as an officer, moved up in rank as an investigator for the Special Victims Unit and then to the High Intense Drug and Traffic Area Unit. She serves as the secretary of The Philadelphia NAACP and is the current President of The Guardian Civic League. 

Rochelle against all odds rose to victory beginning with earning well over 4,500 petition signatures (the highest earned among her opponents), choosing ballot position number one and aggressively strategizing a massive upset for the two-term incumbent in the May 21st primary election with a 20,000-lead vote advantage. 

Rochelle's statement, “My gratitude is endless, and I am honored to be the first woman elected to be the people’s Sheriff of Philadelphia. Let me thank the voters of Philadelphia for placing their confidence within me to represent you. I will keep my commitment of keeping families in their homes and exercising the best use of city and state resources. Today we made history, but in January 2020 the work begins.

I am appreciative of the tremendous support from various groups, organizations, faith leaders, ward leaders, committee people and extraordinary citizens who thought it was time for a change. 

To read more "Rochelle Bilal" view SCOOP USA Media, November 15, 2019, page 7

People’s Emergency Center and Youth Service, Inc. announce intention to affiliate

People’s Emergency Center (PEC) and Youth Service Inc. (YSI), two Philadelphia nonprofit agencies with a long history of providing critical services to vulnerable children, families, and youth in the city, recently notified the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General of their intention to affiliate.

“The affiliation of PEC and YSI will create a strategic partnership to integrate services and provide a continuum of services that will enable us to have a greater impact on those we serve,” said Kathy Desmond, president of PEC.

 The two agencies have already partnered for several years on parenting programs, respite shelters for young children, and services for youth and young adults experiencing homelessness.

To read more "People's Emergency Center" view SCOOP USA Media, November 15, 2019, page 8

Dobbins Unveils “Extreme School Makeover”

The School District of Philadelphia recently celebrated the unveiling of $39 million in renovations at Murrell Dobbins Career and Technical Education (CTE) High School as part of the school’s “Extreme School Makeover.” Dr. William R. Hite, superintendent, was joined by Mayor Jim Kenney, City Council President Darrell Clarke, other elected officials, Principal Dr. Toni Damon, and students, staff members, parents and alumni to celebrate the ribbon-cutting in the barbering suite. 

 The group then toured several renovated spaces, including those hosting the graphics and digital communications, culinary, fashion and music programs, in addition to the library.

To read more "Dobbins" view SCOOP USA Media, November 15, 2019, page 10


Free Library And Citizens Bank Team Up to host series of Job Fairs

    The Free Library of Philadelphia is proud to present a series of job fairs, made possible by a $25,000 contribution from Citizens Bank’s Citizens Charitable Foundation, at the Parkway Central Library and at select libraries throughout the city through mid-November, as part of the Library’s many programs and services available for Philadelphia’s job seekers.

 The series kicked off with a special nonprofit job fair on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at the Parkway Central Library.  Additional upcoming job fairs will be taking place at the following Free Library locations:

Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave., on Friday, November 15

     The fairs feature companies from across the Philadelphia region. There will be plenty of opportunities for job seekers to learn about open positions, talk to prospective employers, and share their résumés. In addition, job seekers can discover free and low-cost resources and tools to help their job search. The fairs are free and no registration is required. More information can be found at jobfairs.

To read more "Job Fairs" visit SCOOP USA Media, November 8, 2019, page 7

The Defender Association of Philadelphia launches Pre-Entry Coalition

    The Defender Association of Philadelphia, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing high-quality, client-centered legal representation, courtroom advocacy and connections to social services to individuals impacted by the criminal justice system, will host Pre-Entry Coalition: Community Connections, Not Confinement on Thursday, November 14, 5:30pm- 8:00pm.  The free event in partnership with the Philadelphia Foundation will be hosted at the Bonnell Auditorium at Community College of Philadelphia 556 North 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130.

    The Defender Association is committed to investing in community solutions that arise in neighborhoods most vulnerable to the machinery of mass incarceration. Here in Philadelphia, where approximately 45% of arrests result in no conviction, and four of every ten people convicted are not sentenced to prison, we know the provision of supports cannot hinge on a conviction or be limited to returning citizens. 

To read more "Pre-Entry Coalition", visit SCOOP USA Media, November 8, 2019, page 5

The Late Rev. Leon Howard Sullivan “The Lion of Zion” will be Celebrated with a Street Renaming

The late Rev. Leon Howard Sullivan “The Lion of Zion” will be celebrated with a Street renaming unveiling Ceremony. Called to Serve CDC, Sullivan Progress Plaza, Leon H. Sullivan Charitable Trust, OIC of America, and Philadelphia OIC serves as the host committee responsible for sponsoring this momentous occasion on Saturday,  November 16. The fesvities will begin at 11am, with the unveiling ceremony commencing at 12 noon at the Leon H. Sullivan Human Services Center, 1415 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA.

The blocks of Broad Street between Oxford Street and Girard Avenue will be renamed Rev. Dr. Leon H. Sullivan Way. This iconic stretch of North Broad Street that is anchored by the historic Yorktown Community, borders several Philadelphia entities founded by Rev. Sullivan: Sullivan Progress Plaza, Leon H. Sullivan Human Services Center, OIC of America, and Philadelphia OIC. Consequently, due to these entities being so close in proximity, Deborah Gary, board member, Leon H. Sullivan Charitable Trust, is credited with coining this stretch on North Broad as the “Sullivan District.”

To read more Rev. Leon Sullivan Street Renaming, visit SCOOP USA Media, November 8, 2019, page 4

Students for Grieving Children, Autumn 2019 fundraising campaign

    Altamonte Springs, Fla. Experiencing the death of a significant person in your life is extremely difficult. But what if it occurs before you finished high school, like Emli Edwards who lost her mother when Emli was 12, her 20 year-old brother when she was 16, or her 26 year-old brother when she was 17?

Maybe your father died when you were only 3, like Joseph DiBenedetto, and you never truly knew him?  Or losing your loved one during college?

    “Each year over 56 million people die or are killed throughout the world including 2.5 million in the United States of America, leaving countless millions of children, teens and young adults to grieve their deaths,” said Mary M. McCambridge, Founder/President.  

This season the Foundation for Grieving Children, Inc., is inviting students of all ages to participate in its 10-day online fundraising event – Students for Grieving Children – Autumn 2019 – from Friday, November 8th through Sunday, November 17th. Donations will fund support groups and programs for grieving children, teens and young adults. 

   “Whether a student has personally experienced the pain of a loved one’s death or saw the impact it had on a family, we welcome them to create a personal page to honor their special person, tell their story, and add photos. They can then share their personal page link through email and social media accounts to seek donations,” explained Mary M. McCambridge, (Ask Mary Mac) Founder/President.

To read more "Students for Grieving Children" See SCOOP USA Media, November 8, 2019, page 14

Young Author is Motivating Early Learners

    Willow Grove (Abington), Pa., - Saturday, December 14 from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM join young author, John Xavier for a fun science filled afternoon at the GIANT Food Stores Community Center in Willow Grove, PA.

This event will feature science activities, food, prizes, a book release of John’s Journey to Outer Space and a meet and greet with the author.  Astronauts and space are perennial kid-favorites and this book offers a look into the imagination of a young, African-American child who experiences many extraordinary and galactic adventures in outer space.

To read more "Young Author Motivates Early Learners", see SCOOP USA Media, November 8, 2019, page 9

Veterans Day Celebrated with opening of Robert L. Howie Center

by Maurice Henderson

    Veterans Day events will be convened citywide and in suburbia on Monday, November 11. This shall be the day for an initial opening of the Robert L. Howie (RLH) Veterans Home and Civic Engagement inaugural pilot invitation of a forthcoming Call Center at 2027 N. 62nd Street.  The namesake of Robert L. Howie shall now and forever be acknowledged as a personal care operation agency, social service provider, resource guidepost, community involved treatment center, and project based learning and training facility. This pivotal investigator centered for human ecology development is the offering of a place to live, the maintenance of a call center/help line and  social policy advocacy under the auspices of the Daughters of Veterans. It will continue to serve as an emergent civic engagement, career operative and encouraged wellness reference viewpoint for self as a fulfilling prophecy. 

     Manifested as a destiny and indeed trust for human potential capacity building and health economics, RLH continuum represents the beacon character education registry and provision endowment of life, legacy and legion. RLH and its homes, programs, activities and events and its founders are dedicated to the institutional advancement and family preservation hallmark of the Honorable Robert L. Howie.  Sargent Howie was a distinguished, decorated, retired Military Veteran and foremost call to action for restorative justice settlement.  He was an Humanitarian, expected to "leave this earth better than how he found it" and a deceased decree of a road less traveled. 

To read more Robert L. Howie Center, visit SCOOP USA Media, November 8, 2019, page 3

Election Updates




Philadelphia, November 4, 2019 – In advance of Tuesday’s general election in Philadelphia, Council President Darrell L. Clarke (5th District) directed voters to the array of resources in place to ensure their voting rights are protected and that they can make informed decisions at every stage of the process.    

With that in mind, Council staff has collected local and state voter resources in one convenient place on the Council website at 

The page includes links to the City Commissioners’ and State Departmentwebsites, where voters can look up their polling locations, view sample ballots, check registration status and more. There are links to video demonstrations of Philadelphia’s new voting machines (in English and in Spanish) and a step-by-step printable voting machine infographic. Finally, the page lists contact numbers for the City Commissioners’ Election hotline, the District Attorney’s Election Fraud Task Force and the Committee of Seventy hotline. Voters can use any of these numbers to report election day voting issues.  

“Voting is our most important right and responsibility,” said Council President Clarke. “Our hope is that every citizen exercises this right in an informed way. As government officials, our job is to meet people where they are and give them access to voting resources in a way that’s useful and convenient. This page can be viewed on phones, shared on social, whatever works best. The most important thing is to use it and vote.”  

In Pennsylvania, polls are open from 7:00am to 8:00pm. Voters will choose candidates for the following offices: Mayor, City Council (District and At Large), Sheriff, Register of Wills, City Commissioner, and various state and local judiciary positions.

Department of State’s Election Returns Website Offers First Look at Pennsylvania’s Vote Count

Department of State’s Election Returns Website Offers First Look
at Pennsylvania’s Vote Count

Harrisburg, PA – Acting Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar today reminded Pennsylvanians that the Department of State’s election night returns website will offer up-to-the-minute statewide results on Tuesday night.

“Voters, candidates and the press can find the earliest and most complete picture of the unofficial results of the municipal election at the website,” Secretary Boockvar said. “We collaborate with all 67 county election offices to consolidate and post their results as soon as they are available.”

The portal’s users can customize searches, receive timely updates and view results on mobile devices. The site also provides links to each county’s election results website.

Results will be posted on as the department receives reports from the counties after the polls close at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Until then, the site will only show test results.

On November 5, Pennsylvania voters will cast ballots for judges and county and local officials. A proposed constitutional amendment on crime victims’ rights, known as Marsy’s Law, also will be on the ballot. Despite a recent ruling that the ballot question results not be immediately certified, voters can still cast their vote on the question, as the courts could later allow the results to be certified. 

For complete information about voting in Pennsylvania, visit or call the Department of State’s official election hotline at 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772). Interpreters are available.

Smith Playground “Preserving Play Campaign”


Groundbreaking celebrates the start of construction

    Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse held its Preserving Play Campaign, Groundbreaking Ceremony to celebrate the start of construction on its 120-year-old historic Playhouse on Saturday, October 26, 2019. 

State and city officials, as well as members of the Swiss consulate, attended the groundbreaking and spoke about the importance of this project and its impact on the city.  

    The Smith Playhouse, listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, has served as a vital resource for children of all races and socio-economic classes since opening in 1899. Smith helped pioneer the national playground movement and continues to champion the importance of play as a vehicle for physical, social, emotional and cognitive development. The planned renovations will enhance and extend Smith’s commitment to play and play-based learning. 

    The renovations are being funded through the Preserving Play Campaign which was launched by a generous $1.3 million grant from the William Penn Foundation. Thanks to additional gifts from individuals, including the recent $1 million gift from The Pieper Family, foundations and public funding from the State of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia, Smith has raised close to 94% of the funds needed to restore the water-damaged lower level of the Playhouse, expand the beloved Smithville play area, upgrade the restrooms, and create space for an Urban Nature Preschool. 

To read more "Smith Playground" view SCOOP USA Media, November 1, 2019, page 7

Remembrance... 2019 International Day of Prayer for Men and Boysounce coming events

…How does it feel to exist, but to be treated as if you are invisible …to greet each new day with the unsettling knowledge that you will be treated “less than” – by other souls who will make assumptions about you rather than take the time to get to know you?   What is it like to speak, but not be heard because the souls around you – even the souls who profess to love you – are either not listening or pretending not to understand the wisdom and warnings that punctuate your words?   Who are these souls who are made to feel “invisible” and “less than?”  They are Men – Our Fathers, StepFathers, GrandFathers, Great GrandFathers, Uncles, Great Uncles, Husbands, Sons, Brothers, Nephews, Cousins, Neighbors, and Co-Workers.  Many of these souls have lived and continue to live exemplary lives.  Under the most difficult set of circumstances and within a harsh and unforgiving environment, they have struggled to positively shape the minds and souls of Our Children – the Next Generation of Leaders, Husbands, Fathers, Mothers, and Wives.  In times of chaos, they have been the voice of reason.   Yet, despite their contributions and sacrifices, collectively, Men throughout our global village remain an untapped source of history, powerful and redemptive life lessons, and wise counsel.  Who will tell their story?  Who will ensure that their wisdom and powerful and redemptive life lessons will not die with them?

To read more "Remembrance" view SCOOP USA Media, November 1, 2019, page 4

Rep. McClinton and colleagues call for END to Prison Gerrymandering

Harrisburg, PA-- State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, was joined by other state lawmakers and advocacy partners to unveil legislation that would require Pennsylvania to count incarcerated individuals at their last residential address for the purpose of congressional and legislative redistricting.

“Prison gerrymandering is an injustice to many of our communities and the citizens we represent,” said McClinton, the House Democratic Caucus chair. “It prevents the districts where these incarcerated individuals are from being adequately represented, which cripples not only their voting power but their access to resources.”

“I’d like to thank Representative McClinton for pushing this legislation and bringing us together today; this issue is critically important and so timely with next year’s census and consequential reapportionment,” said state Sen. Jay Costa, who is among a group of state legislators offering bicameral support for the bill. “Years of gerrymandering and unfair practices designed to keep some people in power at the expense of true representation has soured many people on our democratic process. I hope we take up this legislation quickly and are able to work through a fairer process next year and for every redistricting to come.”

“Counting incarcerated individuals, who are more likely to be from majority-minority areas in cities, as part of the population of rural districts inflates the representation, voting power and resources of rural areas,” McClinton said. “While all districts have comparable populations, they do not have comparable populations of eligible voters. Some districts’ populations are so inflated with inmates that their number of eligible voters is significantly lower than other districts, resulting in increased voting power for the district containing the prison. Conversely, prison gerrymandering hurts minority communities and dilutes their voting power.”

Despite the Census Bureau’s “residence rule” that counts people at the residence where they live and sleep most of the time,” as defined by the bureau, citizens such as deployed military personnel are counted at their U.S. residence and boarding school students are counted at their parents’ residences, under the presumption that they will eventually return.

To read more "Gerrymandering" view SCOOP USA Media, November 1, 2019, page 6

North Philadelphia Community to Celebrate Opening of Soccer Pitch at Dr. Tanner G. Duckrey School

On October 24, 2019 the community, students and families came together to celebrate the official opening of the first soccer pitch at Dr. Tanner G. Duckrey school.  Several organizations including the Friends of Duckrey, The Big SandBox, love.fútbol, the Pincus Family Foundation, Street Soccer USA, the Fountain of Youth Preventative Health, Inc., and the Black Women and Sport Foundation, were instrumental in the latest round of updates and were on hand to unveil the space upgrades and discuss the journey to date.

The event will also serve as the official kickoff for phase two of the project which will be complete by the end of the year, bringing the revitalized schoolyard two upgraded NBA size courts, an outdoor classroom area, a peace garden, art installations, new equipment, an asphalt maze and more.

Domestic Violence/Human Trafficking Summit


Temple University hosts landmark summit

by Judge Doris Smith-Ribner (Ret.)

On October 12, 2019, Temple University was host to a summit that focused on topics of major importance to the City of Philadelphia, the state and the nation: Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking.  

What Is It? How To End it? 

Domestic violence is defined by The U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women as a pattern of abusive behavior used by a partner in any relationship to gain or have control over another intimate partner.  This behavior can include physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological abuse along with threats of abuse, stalking, cyberstalking and dating violence.  

Human trafficking has been defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as modern-day slavery that involves the use of force, fraud or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.  It includes sex trafficking, forced labor and domestic servitude, with sex trafficking of women and girls being the fastest growing crime worldwide.  Victims may be forced, threatened or manipulated by promises of love or affection to engage in sex acts for money, and anyone under 18 involved in a commercial sex act is considered a human trafficking victim.  

Read more Domestic Violence in SCOOP USA Media, October 25, 2019, page 5

City Council recognizes Walter Palmer


60 years of serving Philadelphia’s communities

    On Thursday, October 10, 2019, City Council presented Dr. Walter Palmer with a Resolution for his more than 60 years of Service to the communities of the City of Philadelphia. 

Can you imagine devoting your life to the betterment of others, or even fighting for equality and, get this, never stopping.  This is what is and has been the life of Mr. Walter Palmer. He has actively participated in a lifetime of events and historical moments that have been dedicated to strengthening the African American community, fighting for our Freedoms and civil rights, educating youth and striving to ensure that all who choose to listen and learn, know our history. 

    Dr. Walter Palmer is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Cardio-Pulmonary Care. He was a Director of Cardio-Pulmonary Care at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia from 1957 – 1967.  He received his Juris Doctorate degree from Howard University and was a law clerk at Community Legal Services.  He received his bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Cheyney State University and was certified in history and social studies.

Read more in SCOOP USA Media, October 18, 2019, page 4

New Community Designed multi-sport space


Black Women in Sport Foundation joins forces with other leading organizations to further drive youth

    There was unity in the North Philadelphia community as over 100 volunteers of all ages joined forces for Dr. Tanner G. Duckrey Elementary Schoolyard Build Day, Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 8:30am to 4:00pm, 1501 West Diamond Street, Philadelphia. 

    Build Day was a day for volunteers to begin building a multi-sport community space at Duckrey. Once fully complete, the revitalized schoolyard will include a soccer field,  two upgraded NBA size courts, an outdoor classroom area, a peace garden, art installations, new equipment, an asphalt maze and more. The transformed schoolyard was designed by the community and is being built by the community, for use by the community.   

    Five years in the making, this ongoing community schoolyard redevelopment initiative was led by The Friends of Dr. Tanner G. Duckrey, the Pincus Family Foundation, love.fútbol, The Big SandBox, Street Soccer USA, Fountain of Youth Preventive Health Inc., the School District of Philadelphia, and Black Women in Sport Foundation (BWSF). Adult and youth volunteers from these organizations, Duckrey, Youth Build and the community helped kick off Phase One. They painted, gardened, landscaped, cleaned, and began soccer field prep in a festive atmosphere complete with music, games, new friends, and great food.

Read more, Scoop USA Media, October 11, 2019 page 7

2019 Philadelphia Legacies Award


The observance of 2019 Philadelphia Legacies Week from September 16, 2019 through September 21, 2019 was brought to a festive conclusion at the Fourth Annual Portrait and Community Awards gala banquet held at the Restaurant School in the Walnut Hill section of Philadelphia.   The evening was elegant and delightful and provided an opportunity to recognize and celebrate community leaders as well as the 2019 Philadelphia Legacy Portrait awardees.  

Read more, Scoop USA Media, October 4, 2019 page 3

an honor deserved - a legacy continued


Watts Street Renamed Richard "Sonny" Driver Drive

    On Saturday September 21, 2019, a small street in Philadelphia that is bordered by Girard Ave and Poplar between Broad and 13th streets known as Watts Street was renamed Richard “Sonny” Driver Drive.

This naming came about through an inquiry made by present Publisher / Owner of Scoop USA Newspaper Sherri Horsey-Darden to a member of 5th Council District / Council President Darrell Clarke staff “how do you go about renaming a street to honor Sonny Driver”.  As Horsey-Darden tells the story, she is humbled by the fact that Council President Clarke’s office took this inquiry ran with it and made the naming a reality. 

Who was Richard “Sonny” Driver and why was this honor bestowed upon him?

Richard “Sonny” Driver was the first African American booking agent and promoter in the City of Philadelphia and the founder of SCOOP USA, a weekly community newspaper highlighting the African American Community. Through Scoop USA Newspaper, Mr. Driver saw a way to showcase in print the vast number of minority entertainers performing in the Delaware Valley; he saw Philadelphia as the entertainment capital of the East Coast and for over 30 years he published entertainment news. 

    As the newspaper evolved, it has become a platform to help improve the state of African Americans in Philadelphia and vicinity. SCOOP’s circulation also includes Camden, NJ, Southern New Jersey, Chester, PA & Wilmington, DE. New owner & publisher Sherri Horsey-Darden envisions eventually expanding to other cities and areas providing positive platform for community news.

Read more, Scoop USA Media, September 27, 2019 page 3

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Joint Effort to prohibit Fireaårms from Recreation Facilities

Council President Clarke, Councilmembers, State Legislators announce Joint Effort to prohibit Firearms and 0ther Deadly Weapons from City Parks and Recreation Facilities

City Council President Darrell Clarke (5th District), flanked by members of City Council and the Pennsylvania General Assembly, announced a joint legislative effort  to prohibit firearms and other deadly weapons from being possessed at Philadelphia parks and recreation centers.

 Following several incidents of gun violence at city playgrounds in recent weeks, Council President Clarke announced a renewed effort to prohibit guns and other deadly weapons at city recreational facilities. This time, state legislators are part of the city’s efforts and promised similar efforts in Harrisburg.

 “We cannot sit idly by as gunfire erupts and disrupts the safe havens that our city rec centers and playgrounds are,” Council President Clarke said. “We’re taking legislative action in Philadelphia to prohibit guns and other deadly weapons at any recreation facility in our city, and our legislative delegation in Harrisburg is focused on similar action to enable our public safety efforts. We own and operate these rec centers and parks, and we have every right to set reasonable rules and regulations to protect our kids and adults from harm.”

Council President Clarke was joined at the Mander Recreation Center in Strawberry Mansion by City Councilmember Cindy Bass (8th District), chair of Council’s Parks and Recreation Committee and by state legislators – Rep. Donna Bullock (195th District), Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell (190th District) and Sen. Vincent Hughes (7th District).

Rep. Bullock said her staff was planning to introduce state legislation in Harrisburg this fall that will enable Philadelphia to take this legislation action locally to prohibit firearms at city recreation centers.

“If the Commonwealth allows us to prohibit firearms in courtrooms, then it should permit Philadelphia to prohibit guns and other deadly weapons at city recreation facilities,” Rep. Bullock said. “Members of the Philadelphia delegation are working closely with Council President Clarke and all of City Council on a number of public safety initiatives to curb gun violence in our city.” 

City Council and the Mayor’s Office approved legislation in 2013 that prohibited firearms at city recreation facilities, but there was no similar legislative step in Harrisburg, and the city law was not enforced.  Harrisburg support in the form of enabling legislation is essential as Philadelphia takes action to protect its citizens from gun violence.

Two incidents of gun violence erupted at city playgrounds in the last month. In June, six people were shot, one fatally, at the Finnegan Playground in Southwest Philadelphia following a graduation party and cookout. Earlier this month, seven people were wounded by gunfire at the Baker Playground in Overbrook during a basketball tournament. 

A total of 526 crimes were committed – including 18 gun crimes – at city recreation centers in 2018, according to data supplied to City Council in May by the Parks and Recreation Department. Two murders were committed at city recreation facilities last year.

 Citywide, there have been 639 shootings so far in 2019, and 820 individuals have been arrested for illegal possession of firearms.

 “We’re going to do whatever it takes to stem this tide of gun violence in our city, and we’re going to make city recreation centers safe havens for every child in our city,” Council President Clarke said. 

Darrell L. Clarke represents the 5th Council District and serves as President of Philadelphia City Council, the 17-member legislative body of Philadelphia City government. A lifelong resident of North Philadelphia and an equitable housing and public education advocate, Council President Clarke works to ensure that every neighborhood in Philadelphia is a community of choice. 

Read more, Scoop USA Media, July 26, 2019 page 3

PhillySeeds awards college scholarships to 70 PHA residents

PhillySEEDS, Inc., a Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) subsidiary, has honored 70 PHA residents seeking higher education with $258,000 in scholarships.

PHA resident Amani Ball is going into her fourth year at the University of the Arts as a Dance major. She has won a $5,000 scholarship for the fourth straight year.

“I just stayed focused and determined on my goals, making sure to keep my GPA high,” she said. “The scholarships have helped tremendously. I don’t have to take out as many loans as other students and I can look forward to starting my career as a performer without having that debt burden.”

Another scholarship winner, Rasheeda Little-Herring, is entering her second and final year at Community College of Philadelphia with plans to work in behavioral health and human services.

“These funds are coming right on time to help me finish my education. I want to work with troubled youth and help them the same way someone helped me,” she said.    

The scholarships, given to both graduating high school seniors and students already in college, were handed out during the PHA Board of Commissioners meeting at PHA Headquarters in on Ridge Avenue.

Read more PhillySeeds, Scoop USA Media, July 26, 2019

Pennsylvania urges Voters to request Absentee Ballots early, online application now available

    Harrisburg, PA – Acting Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar is encouraging Pennsylvanians to submit requests for absentee ballots well before the October 29 deadline.

    State law requires applications for absentee ballots to be submitted no later than one week before Election Day. For this year’s Nov. 5 municipal election, the deadline falls on Tuesday, October 29. Absentee voters must return their voted ballot to their county election office by Friday, November 1.

    This is the first election that Pennsylvania voters can apply online for an absentee ballot, which makes the process faster, more convenient and more accessible. In the three weeks since the application site’s launch, more than 13,000 voters have used it to request an absentee ballot, representing one-third of all absentee ballot applications received.

“The new online application is a great option that has already been embraced by thousands of voters,” Secretary Boockvar said. “We strongly urge Pennsylvanians planning to vote by absentee ballot to submit their application as soon as possible.”

Read more Absentee Ballots, SCOOP USA Media, October 18, 2019, page 3

Council President's office unveils new Podcast to highlight Council’s work

    A City Council member, explaining how her first contact with Council, as a young journalist covering a female candidate, led her to work in Council as a staffer and ultimately to her own election to Council. “Marian Tasco said, ‘You have so many opinions – why don’t you come work for me?’ So, I did.”

Another Council member, explaining how he juggles his demanding city job with his spouse’s own senior-level city position: “A lot of early-morning Starbucks strategy sessions.”

    The President of Council, talking about Council’s ambitious plan to reduce poverty in Philadelphia by 100,000 people: “This is going to be Council’s moonshot.”

All revealing anecdotes — and all first told by members during the first three episodes of City Council’s new podcast series, “Inside PHL Council.”

Read more City Council, SCOOP USA Media, October 18, 2019, page 4

Feature Articles July 2019


Rabb says firing of officers involved in racist conduct is the ‘right thing to do’

Rabb says firing of officers involved in racist conduct is the ‘right thing to do’

Case shows the need for Rabb’s bill to enact interdepartmental law enforcement hiring reform

PHILADELPHIA, July 18 – State Rep. Chris Rabb said the move by the Philadelphia Police Department to fire more than a dozen police officers who made racist or offensive Facebook posts is the right thing to do.

“We rely on police officers to protect us, all of us, and to serve as an example of appropriate behavior in our community,” said Rabb, D-Phila. “Unethical, racist, inappropriate behavior or comments by police officers, like that exhibited by these officers from the Philadelphia Police Department, undermines the public’s trust in an institution that is supposed to serve us all.

“Sending the message that such behavior will not be tolerated in any police department is the right thing to do,” Rabb said. “But it’s not enough if those police officers are able to find employment in another community that’s unsuspecting of their past behavior.”

Rabb said his legislation, H.B. 1666, would ensure that officers like those being fired by the Philadelphia Police Department cannot just move on to another department without leadership and the community being aware of their past behavior.

Rabb said H.B. 1666 would not stop a department from hiring a police officer who separated from their last job after a pattern of allegations, complaints or charges for inappropriate behavior. But, it would ensure that the hiring departments are fully informed about whom they are hiring.

“This legislation would empower police chiefs and municipalities to make fully informed decisions about the officers who serve their communities,” Rabb said. “Accountability and transparency, which this legislation would promote, are assets in agencies and departments that strive for integrity.”

In June, the Plain View Project published a database of Facebook posts made by police officers, including those from the Philadelphia Police Department. Many of the posts included in the database depicted or included statements about race, religion, ethnicity and violence.

School District to Expand Pre-Kindergarten Registration Hours

PHILADELPHIA — The School District of Philadelphia will offer extended hours at its Education Center next week for families to enroll their children in school-based, full-day, free pre-Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year.

“I encourage all parents and guardians to enroll their children in pre-K,” said Dr. William R. Hite, superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia. “Research shows that quality early childhood education not only boosts students’ academic achievement and leads to them being better readers and overall learners, but it strengthens their social and emotional skills as well.”

The District’s Pre-K Office in the Education Center at 440 N. Broad St. in Philadelphia will be open to accept applications from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, July 15 through Friday, July 19, 2019. Staff members will assist parents and guardians in completing applications.

To be eligible, children must be at least 3 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2019, and must not be age-eligible for kindergarten; children and families must live in Philadelphia; and families must meet current Head Start or Pre-K Counts income guidelines.

Students enrolled in pre-K will have access to wide-ranging educational curriculum; state-certified teachers; extensive health services; and free daily breakfast, lunch, and snack.

Families should bring copies of the following documents to the Education Center: proof of child’s date of birth (birth certificate, court document, or passport); child’s health insurance card; proof of Philadelphia address in the primary parent’s/guardian’s name; current state or federal photo ID of the primary parent/guardian; and eight current and consecutive weeks of gross income received by the primary parent/guardian, secondary parent/guardian and all children; proof of child’s physical (with immunizations) and dental form. 

Parents or guardians should also bring the following if they apply: proof of TANF (DPW) cash, SNAP/food stamps, medical assistance, custody order, a copy of a child’s IEP, foster letter, and/or homeless verification letter/shelter letter.

More information about pre-K and a link to an application can be found online at

City of Philadelphia honor Legend Patti LaBelle with Street Naming Dedication, “Patti LaBelle Way”

Welcome America, Inc., in partnership with the City of Philadelphia, City Council and the Office of City Representative  honored Patti LaBelle on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, during the Wawa Welcome America festival with the ceremonial renaming of Broad Street between Spruce and Locust Streets to Patti LaBelle Way.

 LaBelle, the GRAMMY ® Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, bestselling author and Philadelphia-native bears a name that reminds people of the grace and elegance she has exhibited throughout her 50-plus year career in entertainment and as an advocate for causes including adoption, diabetes, cancer, HIV/AIDS and more. 

 “We’re excited to celebrate the indelible mark that Patti LaBelle has left on the City of Philadelphia, the performing arts community and future generations of artists that our City will produce with the street renaming in her honor,” said Michael DelBene, CEO of Welcome America, Inc. “Patti LaBelle is a true trailblazer with a never fading passion for Philadelphia and its traditions and I'm humbled for us, as a City,  to play a small part in commemorating her legacy, in such a lasting way.”

 LaBelle will also make an appearance at the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony on Thursday, July 4 at 10 a.m. to read an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence. The event will take place in front of Independence Hall and will also include the presentation of two awards - the Mayor’s Magis Award, presented to an individual who demonstrates the spirit of the award through every day service, and the Wawa Foundation Hero Award, recognizing the recipient’s commitment to serving the Greater Philadelphia area.

Read More, Scoop USA Media Digital July 5, 2019

Keystone First Family of Health Plans host Tandem Health and Wellness Fair

Keystone First Family of Health Plans, which includes Keystone First, Keystone First VIP Choice, and Keystone First Community HealthChoices (CHC), is the premier sponsor of the 4th Annual Tandem Weekend, a series of events designed to strengthen relationships and access to opportunities for people within the City of Chester. 

Tandem Weekend was created by Orlando “Jahlil Beats” Tucker, a Chester native and music producer currently signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label, as a positive way to bring people together. The free event was designed to offer inspiration to those living in the city. The partnership with the Keystone First Family of Health Plans was seen as an ideal way to provide Chester residents with additional resources to help raise awareness of ways to live healthier lives.

The signature event of the weekend was the Tandem Block Party that was held on Saturday, June 29, 2019 on the Avenue of the States between 4th Street at Chester City Hall.  The Tandem Block Party was a daylong festival that included a concert featuring platinum-selling rapper Rick Ross.  Also included were Keystone First Family of Health Plans at Tandem Health and Wellness Fair, where a variety of activities were available for the entire family, including face-paintings, massages and health screenings. Keystone First also offered workforce development support, providing assistance with job applications and resume writing for adults seeking career guidance.

Read More, Scoop USA Media Digital July 5, 2019

National Action Network hosts New Pennsylvania Secretary of Board of Pardons Brandon Flood

On Wednesday, July 10, 2019 the Philadelphia Chapter of National Action Network hosted the newly appointed Pennsylvania Secretary of Pardons, Honorable Brandon Flood here at our NAN Headquarters located at 1718 Cecil B. Moore Ave. Although there has been some significant milestones of reform taking place in the Criminal Justice System in Pennsylvania we believed it to be of the utmost importance to have the Secretary of Pardons and Expungement come to inform our residents about the process for such requests in obtaining information and a better understanding on how to assist a love one through the request process. This was a good thing because the audience had plenty of questions.

In advance of the evening forum an intimate reception for Secretary Flood was held at the office for those engaged in working within the criminal justice system. Sultan Ashley-Shah of Citizens United a co-sponsor of the event stated, “It is with this opportunity for families to once again have hope and belief in the changes proposed in the PA criminal justice system.”

At 6pm an Expungement, Clemency and Pardon Community Forum was held at the NAN Office to inform community residents, citizens of Philadelphia county, of free information about legal programs to help them be better educated on how to access these systems towards a second chance. It was a pleasant sight to see the crowd beginning to stream in an hour before the allotted start time. That made a statement as to how many are in need of this service. Matthew Smith, Sr., President of NAN Philadelphia said, “One mistake should not eliminate the opportunity for restoration.”

Keir Bradford-Grey, Chief Defender of the Philadelphia Defender Association was also in attendance at the forum and without fail gave an excellent presentation emphasizing, to the standing room only crowd, that “there is no charge to come to her office and seek quality legal service.” She and the secretary both participated in the Q & A session with dignity and patience. 

For more information you can contact the Secretary via email: Or visit the website:

For help with expungements or sealing; 

Community Legal Services, (215) 981-3700,

The Defender Association of Philadelphia, (215) 568-3190,

For help with pardons:

The Pardon Me Clinic, (215) 335-0235,

Community Legal Services, (215) 981-3700,

Philadelphia National Action Network Office, 1718 Cecil B. Moore Ave., (215) 769-1511/1512

Thanks again to Secretary Flood, and Chief Defender Keir Bradford-Grey who thought it was not robbery to give of their time to inform the community of what’s available to those seeking a new start in life.

Read more Scoop USA Media, July 5, 2019 page 5

City of Philadelphia Calls on Businesses to Support Hahnemann Employees with “HIRE HAHNEMANN” Fair

 In response to the impending closure of Hahnemann University Hospital, the City of Philadelphia, in collaboration with Philadelphia Works, Inc. and Hahnemann’s human resources department will host a comprehensive career and resource fair for Hahnemann employees.

 “Hire Hahnemann” will take place Thursday, July 25, from 1:00  to 6:00 p.m., at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The fair will provide opportunities for hospital staff to meet directly with local employers and provide transitional and supportive resources for laid-off and soon-to-be laid-off workers.

 “A closure of this magnitude requires an intentional and strategic coordinated effort from the public and private sector,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “We are working very closely with our Workforce Board, Philadelphia Works, to engage local employers from a number of related industries who have open positions for these qualified, dependable workers. We are fully aware of our responsibility to city residents, businesses, and Hahnemann employees and are working tirelessly to mitigate the impact of this closure as much as possible.”

 Philadelphia Works is aiming to recruit a minimum of 90 local employers for “Hire Hahnemann.” Given the scope of employment opportunities for a fully functioning health system, employers from industries of all types are being recruited for the event. Interested companies are encouraged to register at http://www.sharedprosperity

“With this hiring event, we are trying to help as many Hahnemann employees as we can with other employment opportunities.” said H. Patrick Clancy, President and CEO of Philadelphia Works. “This closing will have far-reaching implications into our local and regional workforce system, which is why we are pooling all available resources to connect employers to this experienced pool of candidates. I’d like to thank Governor Tom Wolf and the PA Department of Labor and Industry for the emergency financial assistance to help these workers, as well as Mayor Kenney for his strategic support as we navigate through this difficult time in our city.”

Read More, Scoop USA Media, July 19, 2019

Featured Articles January - March 2019


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

Featured Articles March - June 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.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 1, 2019

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

Girl’s T.R.A.C.K (GT)/Boy’s T.R.A.C.K (BT) and the Philadelphia Youth Leadership Council (PYLC)

A Year of Greatness!

The Girl’s TRACK(BT)/Boy’s TRACK(BT) programs and the Philadelphia Youth Council Leadership (PYCL) worked hard, worked together, worked to achieved and in turn, accomplished!  Closing recognition ceremonies were held at the Hard Rock Café for youth, with perfect attendance, academic achievements, participation of yearlong workshops, conferences, college tours, volunteerism, afterschool internships, with social and recreational rewards of their input and great efforts, a trip to Six Flags in Maryland on Wednesday, June 26, 2019.  One of the highlights of the year was the PYCL Annual Youth Empowerment Conference on Saturday, April 20, 2019 for youth from all over the City of Philadelphia and workshops covering a variety of hot topics addressing the youth today.  An outstanding, well attended, conference!

Another one of the highlights on behalf of these powerful and dynamic youth programs, was the trip to Harrisburg.  Yes, the youth ages 12 – 18 had an opportunity at the invitation of State Representative Joanna McClinton and Malika Rahman, “Be A Great You” organization to visit the Pennsylvania Capitol, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on Monday, June 24, 2019. The you were given an excellent tour by a very knowledgeable tour guide who pointed out the history in the phenomenon paintings on each wall as well as the architectural structures of the building.  We all felt honored to be seated in the House Chambers of the Pennsylvania Senate and the Pennsylvania House; especially the Pennsylvania House Chamber, where we witnessed the opening of that day’s session with the House Speaker, prayer and the announcements.  One of the announcements was welcoming the Girl’s/Boy’s T.R.A.C.K. and the PYCL of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The organization was asked to stand following a thunderous applause from everyone. I believe it was a good feeling for our young folks!

Read More Scoop USA Media Digital July 5, 2019 

From the Root to the Fruit: Portraits of Black Fathers and their Children

Traction Company presents “From the Root to the Fruit: Portraits of Black Fathers and their Children” on view now at 4100 Haverford Avenue through December 14. 

In “From the Root to the Fruit,” Neighborhood Time Exchange Artist in Residence Ken McFarlane presents a series of photographs celebrating Black fatherhood while counteracting the false narrative of the absentee Black father. Through these pieces, McFarlane proposes, “We must take agency of our own image not only for us but for future generations as well. My mission is not to reimagine the Black male but to reclaim the image of the Black male. We have the power to shape our own collective image in our own authentic reality. We can amplify our voices with images of strength, dignity, pride and success to drown out the cacophony of negative imagery surrounding the Black body.” Transposed onto Traction Company's windows, the images become mirrors of change within the building and around the community.

Ken McFarlane is a West Philadelphia based documentary and portrait photographer, working from the vantage point of a community member. He has over 20 years of experience in commercial, editorial, documentary photography and filmmaking. His current body of work focuses on producing visual and audio histories of Philadelphians to preserve collective memory while encouraging future generations to remember, re-examine and realize their own potential.

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