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Vol. III No. 125 (490)

Keeping You Posted With The Politics Of Philadelphia

August 8, 2012

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FULL COURT press by these state and city political leaders has resulted in $46-plus million for dredging to complete Delaware River deepening to Walt Whitman Bridge, opening effort to create new Southport Terminal. In photo are Councilman Mark Squilla, Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, Congressman Bob Brady, State Rep. John Taylor, Phila. Regional Port Authority Executive Director James McDermott, Gov. Tom Corbett, US Sen. Bob Casey, State Rep. Bill Keller and Councilman Bob Henon. Present, but not in picture, was Councilman David Oh.


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Aug. 11Beech Community Services hosts Jazz on the Avenue on Cecil B. Moore Ave. Broad to 19th Sts., 12-7 p.m. Free. Six music acts. For vendor and other info (215) 763-8868.

Aug. 17Friends of Councilman Mark Squilla host fundraiser at Keenan’s Irish Pub, N. Wildwood, N.J., 7-10 p.m. Tickets at door $35. Mail checks to Squilla for Council, Box 37332, Phila. PA 19148.

Aug. 12Sid Booker’s pool party (by invitation only) at 1912 Cobden Rd., Laverock, Pa., 2-7 p.m. Kicking off massive voter-ID drive with State Sens. Shirley Kitchen and LeAnna Washington, Congressman Chaka Fattah, Council President Darrell Clarke, Mayor Michael Nutter and several State Representatives. Aug. 15Happy Hour Fundraiser for City Commission Chairwoman Stephanie Singer at Happy Rooster, SWC 16th & Sansom Sts., 5:30-7:30 p.m. $100-$500. Checks made out to Friends of Stephanie Singer, 250 S. 17th St., #701, Phila., PA 19103.

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Aug. 10- 11 Two-day Give Back Festival hosted by Nicetown CDC marking its 10th anniversary, 4300 Germantown Ave.

Mt. Airy Night Aug. 16Market on Germantown Ave. from Carpenter La. to Mt. Airy Ave., 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

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Aug. 18Barrett Rec Ctr. Advisory Board Community Day, 8th & Duncannon Sts., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Family fun day. Free. All invited. For info Sheila Bellamy (215) 457-4079. Aug. 18Voter-ID informational meeting hosted by State Reps. Ronald Waters, Vanessa Brown and Harold James at Sanctuary Church of the Open Door, 5923-41 Walnut St., 12-3 p.m. Refreshments. Aug. 1847th Ward Crab & Shrimp Fest to Baltimore leaves Progress Plaza, Broad & Oxford Sts., 1 p.m. Open bar, massive menu. $150. For info George Brooks (267) 971-5703. Aug. 18Brett Mandel holds Summer Bar-B-Que Fundraiser at 1026 S. 22nd St., 37 p.m. $500 Bulldog, $250 Watch Dog, $100 Guard Dog, $50 Puppy Dog.


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Philadelphia Labor Hosts ‘Workers Stand For America’ Philadelphia’s labor movement has been given the responsibility to host the first annual “Workers Stand For America” national rally this Saturday, Aug. 11. The mission behind the first-of-its-kind event is to kick off a national campaign to change the conversation in America; to counter those forces preaching austerity for the vast majority of citizens and to refocus national attention on jobs, economic opportunity and the restoration of the American dream for all. It will take place on Eakins Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 11:00 a.m. until approximately 4:00 p.m. The free event, essentially a middle-class summit of working Americans, will feature live musical performances and nationally prominent speakers. The Workers Stand For America rally is the brainchild of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers President Ed Hill and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, with a big local assist from

IBEW Local 98 Business Mgr. John J. Dougherty and other leaders in Philadelphia’s labor community. Earlier in the week, Philadelphia’s labor leaders gathered at Local 98’s Spring Garden Street union hall to promote the importance of the event, the schedule of speakers, and musical performers, including South Philly’s own Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Charlie Gracie, who performed for the labor leaders in attendance. Dougherty, who hosted the event, told the group, “The labor movement gave rise to America’s middle class. Before the hard-won gains of labor, workers had no protections. There were no such things as a 40-hour work week, weekends, paid holidays, benefits or pensions. People have labor to thank for those gains that most people now take for granted. In this current climate, however, we in the labor movement find ourselves fighting just (Cont. Page 5) • PHILADELPHIADAILYRECORD.COM

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THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD to stay lower-middle class. That’s unacceptable in a nation that was built on generations of labor. “This Saturday, more than 30,000 union members and middle-class people from many states and all walks of life are gathering together to show our strength in numbers and vent our frustration at what’s become of American society and the policies that seem geared almost entirely to the wellbeing of the richest while the rest of us are left behind. This is not a political event, but it is a message to all politicians: ignore us at your own risk.” Also addressing the importance of the Saturday rally were Elizabeth McElroy, secretary-treasurer Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO; Pat Gillespie, business manager, Philadelphia Building Trades Council; Henry Nicholas, president, NUHHCE; and Jerry Jordan, president of Philadelphia Federation of Teachers; The rally is timed to precede both the Republican and Democratic national conventions to insure both national parties get the message. Philadelphia was selected to host the event because it is here the words “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” changed the world. It was in Philadelphia that the Bill of Rights, the most-practical enumeration of fundamental human values, was adopted. That timeless document inspired the Workers Stand for America organizers to create a second Bill of Rights, inspired by President Franklin Roosevelt’s 1944 proposed economic Bill of Rights. The architects of Workers Stand for America will call on working people from all walks of life to sign the Second Bill of Rights, which will be presented to delegates at the Republican and Democratic national conventions. Following is the full text of America’s Second Bill of Rights: “We the People want to strengthen our nation, as a beacon of equality, economic opportunity and free-

dom for all. We hold these rights to be essential to our vision of America and believe that the principles contained therein should guide our government, business leaders, organizations and individuals in our common goal of a just and fair society. “The Right to Full Employment and a Living Wage: All Americans willing and able to work have the right to safe, gainful employment at a fair and livable wage. We call on the public and private sectors to invest in America’s infrastructure and promote industrial development, maintaining job creation as a top policy priority. “The Right to Full Participation in the Electoral Process: Recent initiatives to disenfranchise citizens seek to reduce the rolls of eligible voters and empower money instead of people. We believe these actions constitute an assault on our nation’s democracy and history of heroic struggle against voting restrictions based upon property ownership, religion, race and gender and call for reinforcing our fundamental right to vote. “The Right to a Voice at Work: All workers have the right of freedom of association in the workplace, including the right to collectively bargain with their employer to improve wages, benefits and working conditions. “The Right to a Quality Education: Education is a fundamental bedrock of our democracy, vital to America’s competitive position in the world and the principal means by which citizens empower themselves to participate in our nation’s economic and political systems. Quality, affordable education should be universally available from prekindergarten to college level, including an expanded use of apprenticeships and specialty skills training to prepare Americans for the workplace. “The Right to a Secure, Healthy Future: Americans have the right to a baseline level of health care, unemployment insurance and retirement security, all of which have been badly eroded by the disruption of the social compact that served the nation well • PHILADELPHIADAILYRECORD.COM

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for decades. We call on government and private industry together to confront the issues of declining access to health care especially for children, weakening of unemployment coverage, and inadequate pension plans that undermine the ability of working men and women to retire in dignity, even as Social Security and Medicare are under strain and threatened with cutbacks.” ROCK & ROLL Hall of Famer Charlie Gracie, lifelong South Philadelphia resident, is welcomed to “Workers Stand For America” press conference by sponsor Local 98 Business Mgr. John J. Dougherty, Jr. Gracie is among artists to perform at Aug. 11 gathering on The Parkway.

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You’re Invited To Testify At Council ATV Hearing ATVs are under the spotlight of a City Council committee which will examine why ATV riders are running recklessly throughout streets and sidewalks, often ignoring stop signs and traffic lights. City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown sponsored the empowering resolution in response to what she sees is a public safety threat, noting she and other City Council members continue to receive complaints about the extreme level of noise skyrocket over the summer months. She added, “Young people are losing their lives to these vehicles,” noting ATV deaths in Philadelphia have climbed to 521 from 1982-2006, with 105 being under the age of 16. “Neighbors and community leaders have quite frankly had enough. This is one of those quality of life issues that touch a nerve with people in the heart of their community,” said Councilwoman

Reynolds Brown. “Factor in that young people are losing their lives and we have a real public safety crisis on our hands. Communities and families need to know that we hear them and are looking for solutions.” Regulation of ATVs has presented a problem for police in Philadelphia due to the “no-chase” policy restricting police from apprehending offenders in motion. The police have begun a campaign requesting citizens to notify the police of storage areas for illegal ATVs and of illegal riding seen in the city. To make your voice heard, save the date for the public hearing: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, 10:00 a.m., City Hall, Room 400. If you wish to provide testimony, please contact Katherine Gilmore, Legislative Aide to sign up @ katherine.gilmore@phila.gov or (215) 686-3438.

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Foster Wins Right To Stay On Ballot It’s amazing how bureaucrats can screw up a onecar funeral. The State Election Board would have done that to Jim Foster, publisher of the Germantown Chronicle and the Northwest Independent Weeklies, had he not challenged them in Court. Foster, the feisty warrior from Mt. Airy, found his petition of 4,000 signatures to run as an independent against Congressman Chaka Fattah rejected because someone else had filed as an Independent. Foster’s explanation he wasn’t running as an Independent Party candidate carried no weight with the State bureau, so he took his challenge to Commonwealth Court to have his name put on the ballot. That court ruled the Dept. of Elections should agree to have his petitions accepted under the designation “Phila. Party”, but if his challenge to the Independent candidate succeeded, he could then

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take the Independent slot. State election laws prohibit nominees of the same party to appear on general election ballots, since there is no way to properly tally those votes. Rather than administratively suggest Foster, who says he is an independent in every sense of the word, use another name, the bureaucrats threw out his petitions. Required to file as a third-party candidate in the 2nd Congressional District is a minimum of 1,715 signatures. Foster submitted 4,000 signatures. Robert J. Ogborn, who had filed as an independent, a day earlier had 2,000. As of this writing, his petition is reported as not having enough valid signatures. In fact, there is no such thing as an “Independent Party”. To be an “independent” means that you do not belong to any party.



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