Posts Tagged ‘Action United’
Councilman Bill Greenlee Says New Paid Sick-Days Bill Likely This Year

Councilman Bill Greenlee Says New Paid Sick-Days Bill Likely This Year

Councilman Jim Kenney noted last week that he was “almost there” with regard to supporting a new paid sick-days bill in City Council this fall. “I’ve got the bill right here if you want to sign it,” yelled Councilman Bill Greenlee from a table in the back of Tequila’s Restaurant, where some council members and others had convened for a summit on the...

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Advocates Say Population Having Trouble Getting ‘Free’ IDs

Advocates Say Population Having Trouble Getting ‘Free’ IDs

Benjamin Mitchell has spent the last few months trying to help low-income people obtain new voter-ID cards. An outreach specialist at the New Pathways Project, a pre-treatment drug program in Center City, Mitchell admits the process has been a bit daunting. “In my small circle, I have not run into anyone I have been able to get an ID for, yet,” he says. “And...

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Now, Pennsylvania Accused of Violating Voter Registration Law

A lawsuit was filed yesterday by community activist group Action United and the Black Empowerment Project against Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele, Secretary of Public Welfare, Gary D. Alexander and Secretary of Health, Dr. Eli N. Avila in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiffs claim the state is openly disregarding...

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Philly’s Presence Known at Capitol Budget Protests

Philly’s Presence Known at Capitol Budget Protests

Image: Berlin Rosen Yesterday, Gov. Tom Corbett gave the budget address everyone expected. It consisted of education cuts, a balk on infrastructure funds, no new taxes or tax loophole closings and about 66,000 residents can expect to be cut off cash assistance in the near future. And since the budget had been anticipated for some time, about 300 protesters showed...

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DAILY GRINDER: Pennsylvania Bishop Compares Public Schools to Hitler

Pennsylvania School Choice advocates—in this case, Catholic Church leaders—want their school choice, and they want it now! Please! During debate in Harrisburg yesterday, Harrisburg Bishop Joseph McFadden actually said, “In totalitarian governments, they would love our system…This is what Hitler and Mussolini and all those tried to establish a monolith...

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DAILY GRINDER: (Live From a Tent at City Hall.)

Note: Today’s morning blog comes to you from a tent at City Hall, where there’s free Occupy-Fi. Man, did we have fun sleeping over at Occupy Philly! (It was actually just OK.) My laptop has very little juice left in it, and rain seems to be seeping into my tent, so we’ve gotta be quick, but there’ll be a ton of information about what last night’s...

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Q&A with Action United’s Craig Robbins over Paid Sick-Leave Fight, Criticism

Last week, paid sick leave legislation, which would require Philadelphia businesses to give their workers a standard number of sick days based on how many employees they hold, was passed in City Council by a close 9-8 vote. And Action United, a Pennsylvania low wage workers advocacy group, was one of the groups at the forefront of the grassroots fight to get...

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