Posts Tagged ‘Jannie Blackwell’
Councilwoman Blackwell Declares Dec. 21 ‘Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day’ at Candlelight Vigil

Councilwoman Blackwell Declares Dec. 21 ‘Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day’ at Candlelight Vigil

Project H.O.M.E. and others held a candlelit vigil yesterday afternoon outside the Broad Street Ministry to remember the lives of homeless Philadelphians who’d died over the past year. The program featured music, dance, speeches and perhaps most humbling, the reading of more than 120 names of homeless or formerly homeless persons who’d lost their lives in...

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DAILY GRINDER: Councilwoman Discriminates Against Jehovah’s Witness?

Jehovah’s Witness and former Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell assistant Tyeisha Boulware has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Philadelphia and City Council for unlawful religious discrimination. Boulware claims being a Jehovah’s Witness barred her from wearing a Christmas-themed sweater to a holiday party and voting. Blackwell didn’t like that,...

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DAILY GRINDER: Some Occupy Homeless Move to Port Richmond

There’s a story in the Daily News this morning all about how homeless advocate Dennis Payne “commandeered” the move of about 20 tents to an park encampment east of Richmond Street, north of Cumberland, along the Delaware River. Payne is calling it Liberty One and says it’s only for the homeless, many of whom left Occupy Philly Sunday night to live there. Numbers...

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DAILY GRINDER: Allegations of Child Sex Abuse in Penn State Football Program

Former longtime Penn State defense coordinator Jerry Sandusky faces 40 counts of charges related to the sexual abuse of children and could spend the rest of his life in jail if convicted. Coach Joe Paterno, who’s said to have passed on information related to Sandusky when he heard about it, released a statement this weekend. “The fact that someone...

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The ‘Church and State’ Debate is Back

The ‘Church and State’ Debate is Back

Don’t call it a movement, but Pennsylvania resident Rick Santorum and a Daily News columnist (and before that, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell) are arguing that church and state aren’t separated. The presidential candidate says more than half-a-century later, hearing President John Kennedy stating the ‘separation of church and state’ belief still gets...

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It Begins? Blackwell Off PHA Board

Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell is gone. At least from her spot on the 5-member board of the Philadelphia Housing Authority. She resigned earlier today, citing “tenants being hurt and the housing authority being compromised. I wanted to take the initiative to step down.” The action comes after the Department of Housing and Urban Development called for the entire...

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Council Members Green and Sanchez Boost Staff Pay

Councilmembers Bill Green and Maria Quiñones-Sánchez have awarded raises to several staff members, Catherine Lucey reported yesterday on the Daily News’ Philly Clout blog. According to Lucey: Councilman Bill Green this month gave raises to five of his staffers, including a $30,000 bump to his Chief of Staff Sophie Bryan, bringing her salary to $100,000....

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Bill Green Drops Triple Threat, Council Leaves on Vacation

Just before City Council started their summer recess last week, Councilman-At-Large Bill Green went for a late hat trick, introducing or signing onto three separate efforts bring reform to various areas of city government. It’s positive movement, so we’ll try to keep the sarcasm to a minimum. First, Green and Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez released...

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Council Passes Budget, Residents Reach For Wallets

We’ve got a budget. It ain’t pretty, but we’ve got a budget. Included are the expected 9.9 percent property tax hike, a tax on smokeless tobacco, and an increase in garbage pickup fees for businesses. Council members Jannie Blackwell, Bill Green, Jack Kelly, Joan Krajewski and Brian O’Neill voted against the property tax raise, but the gesture was...

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