The Philadelphia branch of the NAACP and the antiviolence initiave “Hands Across Philadelphia” are teaming up with the Philadelphia school district to launch a new essay contest focused on black history.
The Coalition for Effective Teaching, a three-month-old group of nonprofits endorsing changes in the next teachers pact, is adding four new groups.
“This decision was a bad day for America and for voting,” says Jennifer Clarke, executive director of the Public Interest Law Center and one of the plaintiff attorneys in Pennsylvania’s yearlong battle over voter ID.
A coalition of groups is asking Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter to pressure the School Reform Commission to put a one-year moratorium on the plan to close dozens of schools.
Local NAACP president Jerry Mondesire says repeated attempts to contact the mayor have been met with silence.
Election judges are still required to ask Pennsylvania voters for a photo ID. However, at least for this election, voters are not required to show it.
There was applause but not quite jubilation when the Pa. Voter ID Coalition got the news that photo ID cards would not be necessary for next month’s election.
After last week’s court ruling upholding Pennsylvania’s controversial Voter ID law, election officials in Philadelphia are scrambling to make sure voters do have proper ID come November’s presidential election.
“I say to you, and I want you to quote me directly: Tom Corbett is liar!” Jerome Mondesire of the NAACP told the crowd.
Philadelphia City Council has taken a step toward renaming the city’s Criminal Justice Center in honor of the late Juanita Kidd Stout, a Philadelphia trailblazer who was first female African-American elected as a judge in the United States.
Representatives of the NAACP say they are standing behind veteran officer Kerry Godbold, whom they say was passed over by the department in his bid to become a sergeant earlier this year.