We took notice a few weeks back when several notables announced that they were “Done with Covid”.
Done with Covid? How can that be?
But upon further review…
·Case counts remain down
·Omicron symptoms are mild
·Being fully vaxed appears to be good protection
Maybe it’s time for a re-think.
Maybe with all best practices the risks can be managed, and a prudent return to normal life is now a reasonable option.
Individual circumstances permitting, of course, but “Done with Covid”?
Yeah. May just be. At least for now. And that’s enough.
CCRA News and Events
CCRA AND LSNA SPONSOR JOINT MEETING WITH COMMISSIONER OUTLAW AND CAPTAIN BILLUPS
Tuesday, Feb 8, the Boards of both CCRA and LSNA (Logan Square
Neighborhood Association) met jointly with Police Commissioner Danielle
Outlaw and new 9th District Captain Colleen Billups. Also attending were
many of the senior officers in the department responsible for both the
Center City West and Logan Square neighborhoods.
a PowerPoint presentation by Commissioner Outlaw, the discussion
focused on five topics which both boards had developed: gun violence,
unsafe street behavior, police funding, police staffing and ATV and
of both organizations were invited to join by Zoom and, between the
in-person and virtual attendees, over 80 people participated. The
discussion was informative and candid. The entire team outlined
intelligent plans for making and keeping our neighborhoods safe and
Wednesday, Feb 9, Hugh Taft-Morales led CCRA members and others on a
discussion of the thorny issues around Public Schools, Equity and
Democracy. Although the US talks about the importance of public
education to democracy, how is that actually operationalized? Other
countries guarantee public education in their constitutions; ours is
silent. Here, school funding is unequal, resulting in wide
disparities in facilities, teacher student ratios, and extra-curricular
activities. How can we develop a more equitable system? In large and
small group discussions, these issues were addressed and debated. All
agreed community support for education by the provision of mentors,
internships, guest speakers and field trips to students in underfunded
schools is key. CCRA is actively exploring partnerships with Friere
Charter School, located at 2027 Chestnut Street, so the opportunity to move from talk to action is coming soon.
Please join us for our next discussion in our Sense in the City series, which will be about Homelessness, on February 23 from 12:00 noon until 1:30 PM. For more information and to register, see below.
Homelessness and Humanity
term “homeless” is often used in contexts that blame and demonize
people who are “unhoused,” a term many advocates for those living on our
streets and in our parks prefer. How do we sort out our complex
personal reactions, from compassion and concern to fear and
frustration? How can we humanize this issue? After a brief overview of
some municipal and charitable services available to unhoused people,
Hugh Taft-Morales explores the personal ethical quandaries that confront
us every day. Consider watching the 40-minute Netflix documentary Lead Me Home prior to attending.
bill in city council provides for public election funding to candidates
for city office (Mayor, DA, Controller, Council, Commissioner). The
general principle is that qualifying candidates in primary or general
elections will receive a $5 match for each $1 the candidate raises from
Philadelphians who give $100 or less, with total matching funds capped
at $1 million for Mayor, $300 thousand for DA and Controller and $100
thousand for everybody else. In exchange, the candidate must agree to
limit contributions to $100 from each person whose donations are matched
with public financing. To qualify for funding, a candidate must have
raised $50,000 (Mayor) or $15,000 (all other offices) from $1,000 or
CCRA is monitoring this bill and invites members’ comments, which can be submitted here.
So Much Crime; So Little Time
Jan. 31, David Oh, a Philadelphia City Councilmember, spoke to the
Crosstown Coalition, a group of community organizations focused on
increasing the quality of life in Philadelphia.
Oh detailed the City’s efforts to address the serious violent crime
problem, including coordinating efforts between the police, the business
community and various ethnic communities.
to Oh, this outbreak appears to be fueled by conflicts related to the
drug trade and by feuding on social media. Hindering crime-fighting
efforts are a shortage of police officers, city residence requirements,
the failure to emphasize the hiring of veterans and friction between the
police and the District Attorney.
Are you using the Merchant Partner 'Deals and Discounts' Program?
We would like to hear from our members! Please take this very brief surveyand let us know your thoughts, so that we may improve on this popular membership benefit program. Thanks much!
CCRA MERCHANT PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
Merchant Partner program is a true Win-Win: It provides smaller local
businesses with complimentary advertising and exposure while giving CCRA
members generous deals and discounts. This week we spotlight Merchant
PartnerEye Candy Vision.
The Eyes Have It at Eye Candy Vision
do people look for in an eyeglass emporium? They want it all, of
course: Regular glasses, progressives, contact lenses, sunglasses. Great
Selection, great Style, great Service. How about an on-premises
Optician and Lab? Eye Candy Vision
on S. 20th St. just off Rittenhouse has all that and more. Their
display window alone is to die for. (Disbelieve? Just ask Yelp.) What
could be better? Well, how’s this: CCRA members receive a 20% discount.
(Discount cannot be combined with other sales, discounts or insurance programs.)
Clean, Safe and Green
It’s Not For the Birds: Creating Friendly Habitats
phrase “Go Birds” most certainly has one meaning in these parts, but
those words also apply to making the planet more sustainable by creating
bird-friendly habitats. It’s in this month’s feature from the Academy
of Natural Sciences at Drexel, and it can be found here.
My, What Big Feet You Have!
Want to lower CO2 emissions? To measure your household’s carbon footprint and get tips on how to lessen your load, click here.
And….while you’re there, check out some really different events that Green Philly sponsors.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
SEPTA Honors Rosa Parks With Roses and a Special Seat
honor of Rosa Parks, for the month of February, SEPTA is featuring a
special seat on the Route 38 bus. For the entire month the bus will
feature a cardboard cutout of the civil right champion who refused to
move to the back of the bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955.
we finally got a bite of the Big Apple. The NYT features how we (and
four other cities) celebrate Black History Month. Yes, there’s food,
history, and high-brow “readings”. But we’re Smokin’ about hearing all
our old Motown favs. Here’s the spin.
Community News and Events
Hybrid Work is Here to Stay
While much of the future of work remains in flux, one thing seems fairly certain: The ‘hybrid’ work mode is here to stay.
Center City District recently surveyed 114 companies employing roughly
24,700 workers across Center City and University City, and found that
25% were now fully remote, 15% were fully in-person, with the remainder
fully somewhere in-between.
main reason for hybrid or remote work was, of course, Covid-19.
Second-most given was to retain current employees and attract new
employees. Third-most was uncertainty regarding schools and childcare.
out some romantic ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your main
squeeze. Here’s some unique ideas for food, fun and frolic, Philly
style. Go way beyond chocolates here.
Geek Alert: Philly Tech Week is Back, and IRL
Like far too many other events, Philly Tech Week found itself either canceled or gone virtual only, due to Covid.
no more. As of now, Tech Week is On, both in-person and virtual,
starting May 6 and running through May 14. As presented by Comcast, PTW
is a curated series that celebrates technology, entrepreneurship and
If you’ve wanted to take part in a review of the Philadelphia Police Department, now is your chance.
Controller Rebecca Rhynhart is accepting applications to join the
office's Community Advisory and Accountability Council, which will
support her review of the police department, including how it spends its
$725 million budget.
Greenfield’s School Advisory Council (SAC)
worked with parents, teachers and staff, and Mr. Lazar to develop an
updated Vision statement to reflect what Greenfield wants to achieve. A
huge thank you to the SAC members and all aforementioned members who
worked hard to develop this!
Greenfield's Vision Statement:
believe in an inclusive, equitable, just, kind, and academically
excellent learning experience for Greenfield students that engages all
community members and honors intersectional identities, among them race,
age, gender and cultural expression, ethnicity, family composition,
ability and disability, learning styles, religion, and spirituality. As
we witness and disavow systems that advantage some and disadvantage
others, Greenfield strives for all members of our school community to
actively engage in excellent teaching and learning that inspire and
celebrate student curiosity, wonder, and belonging.
Would you please support our local merchants and save money too? These local merchants will provide a deal or discount to any member who shows a current CCRA membership card and personal identification.
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