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Sen. Haywood to Hold Hill Town hall on Gun Violence

As part of an ongoing effort to promote discussion of local issues, State Sen. Art Haywood (District 4) will be hosting a town hall on gun violence at the Woodmere Art Museum on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. After hosting three town halls during the spring,...

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State leaders educate on steps to pardon

State Lt. Gov. Mike Stack (D-5) and State Sen. Art Haywood (D-4) are working together to educate others on commutations and the process of wiping convictions off a person’s record. They spoke at an event at LaSalle University. As of January 31, 2017, the state of...

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Fannie Lou Hamer Honored in Resolution

On the way back from Harrisburg Wednesday, State Sen. Art Haywood called his mother to let her know that a resolution he sponsored honoring Civil Rights pioneer Fannie Lou Hamer had been approved. “She was so happy,” said Haywood (D-Phila./Mont.). “I couldn’t be more...

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New Church Launches in Mt. Airy

NORTHWEST PHILADELPHIA >> Three area churches are challenging the Northwest Philadelphia area on the traditional concept of church. First, the new Dare to Imagine Church held its Only Imagine Gala and Sunday morning worship service the weekend of Sept. 8 to 10,...

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Embattled Philly cop shot victim in back, records show

Cyrus Mann, the Philadelphia police officer dismissed after fatally shooting an unarmed 306-pound man in 2012, got his job back last year in part because an arbitrator said no evidence or witnesses contradicted Mann’s version that he shot the man at close range as...

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South Broad keeps median parking, North Broad gets new spots

The Broad Street median parking lawsuit is dead. A Common Pleas Court Judge decided yesterday that the effort to get Philadelphia Police and the Parking Authority to ticket South Broad median parkers is a no-go. Political action committee 5th Square filed the lawsuit...

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Pa. Budget Needs to be Shaken Up

Two ideas — one from the right, one from the left — to fix Pennsylvania’s budget woes just might (if put together) get state finances back on track. It’d take some doing and compromise. So right away you figure, eh, no chance. But what passes for fiscal management in...

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Sen. Haywood Continues Push to Raise Minimum Wage

Senator Art Haywood recently convened leadership from local advocacy groups to urge state legislators to raise the minimum wage in light of ongoing budget delays. “With a revenue package not yet approved, the legislature still has an opportunity to include a raise to...

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Philly Pol Proposes ‘Heather Heyer Act’

State Sen. Art Haywood wants new laws against domestic terrorism to honor the Virginia woman killed in Charlottesville. In the wake of nationwide outrage over white nationalists' demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, a Philly politician is calling for a...

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Getting a new Pa. budget; or the art of driving with no hands

Among way too many news releases flooding my inbox, one last week caught my eye as a good summation of the budget process. A release from Rep. Rosemary Brown (R., Monroe) carried this headline: “Brown Introduces Hands-Free Driving Legislation.” Perfect. Let’s let...

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Coard: Cheyney will die on Sept. 1 unless …

Before I finish that sentence, I gotta give a big shout-out to the approximately 100 persons who withstood nearly 100 degree heat on August 1 in the battle to save Cheyney University. I also gotta give a big shout-out to the influential leaders who accepted the...

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Church of the Week: New Covenant Church of Philadelphia

Having been founded as a small nomadic church of 60 people, New Covenant Church of Philadelphia proves the power of holistic ministry, as they have grown into a network of Christian believers and partners that have touched thousands of lives through service and...

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Senator Haywood’s Summer Reading Programs Kick Off

State Senator (D-4 PA) announced the opening of the inaugural “Read to Succeed” summer camps he is hosting in partnership with state Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-7 PA), as well as the start of his third annual “Read by Fourth” reading programs. As many as 350 students in...

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Readers and One State Lawmaker React to Legislative Challenge

Citizen advocacy isn't easy but is important so a Philly state legislator's teaching it. It’s risky to ask readers to extend themselves on topics to which the vast majority barely pay attention. So it was with trepidation that, in a column last week, I challenged...

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State Senators Fight Back on Internet Privacy

The April 3 passage of a law rolling back the Federal Communications Commission's restrictions on internet service and telecommunication providers selling customer data has given way to a new internet privacy measure in the state Senate. On March 28, the U.S. House of...

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CHBD gets $2 million to improve pedestrian lighting and safety

The Chestnut Hill Business District has received $500,000 from the state to improve pedestrian lighting and safety along Chestnut Hill’s commercial corridor. State Senator Art Haywood presented a check from Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic...

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