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April 30th | Posted In Politics

Young Candidate Spotlight: Alex Feldman

One in an occasional series highlighting young Philadelphians who are running for office.  Young Involved Philadelphia does not endorse any candidate for any office, and this post should not be considered an endorsement of or opposition to any candidate. But we do encourage all young Philadelphians to get more involved civically and politically in their city. To that end, we will occasionally profile young candidates and ask them how and why they decided to get involved. 

Name:  Alex Feldman

Running for: Democratic Committee Person for the 30th Ward, 6th Division (Graduate Hospital).

Why Philly?  I grew up outside of Philadelphia. I’ve always been a really passionate Philadelphian – I’ve always loved this city. I went to college in the area – I went to Penn – and then I left for a while. I went to London for grad school and to New York for work. I came back in 2009 for my current job, but also because I really wanted to be in Philadelphia.

I knew that cities like Philly are places that aren’t necessarily naturally attracting young, energetic people who want to change the urban environment, at least not then, and I wanted to be a part of the transformation of my hometown.

What do you do?  I work for a firm called U3 Advisors. We do economic development consulting and real estate development consulting with universities and hospitals on urban revitalization around their neighborhoods and campuses. Our work is all over the country, but we’re based in Philadelphia. The principals of the firm were very involved with Penn in the revitalization of West Philadelphia.

I get to work in other cities – I’m in Detroit right now. It gives me an interesting perspective – Detroit changes the way I look at Philadelphia. In many ways, we’re really lucky, and we don’t look at ourselves as lucky sometimes.

Why did you decide to run?  I wanted to get more involved. I’ve always been interested in Philadelphia politics. A friend who was interested in organizing a group of people that wanted to get involved at the most local, grassroots level, approached me. I thought this would be a really great opportunity to dip my toe into Philadelphia politics and understand how the system works.

I’m also running because I want to represent my neighborhood and my block. I think its important to have representation from people of my generation, people that are moving to the city and have a different perspective from those that have always lived in Philadelphia, who see it a certain way, and are maybe hesitant to try things that will change the city or the neighborhood. I’m running because I love the city, I want it to be better, I want it to grow, and because I want to support the local civic groups and organizations that make where I live such wonderful place, like Friends of Chester A. Arthur and SOSNA. Those are great organizations that I think could use more support from the city.

Any advice for other young people considering a run for office? I’m still learning myself. My advice would be to put yourself out there. One of the things I’ve learned is to be a good neighbor, and knock on the doors of neighbors I’ve never met before. Just the act of getting signatures was a really fantastic opportunity to meet my neighbors, learning about what their interests are, getting a sense of what they are looking for in terms of the neighborhood’s progression, and hopefully get their support. Even if I don’t win, I’m glad that I did that, because I feel more connected to my neighborhood through that process.

What kind of challenges have you faced? Getting 20 signatures wasn’t a huge challenge, but I had to show effort, meet my neighbors, and tell them why I was running. I haven’t seen any big obstacles yet, though.

What is it like being young person in Philly politics?  That’s a very complicated question… There’s an understanding in Philadelphia that there is a system that exists and that you have to play within that system in order to make a positive change in the city. I don’t think that system is necessarily the best way for running this city, but I understand that it’s the reality.

Philadelphia politics to me, on the outside at least (I’m not an elected official yet), is a complicated system. You see elected officials walking down the sidewalk and can approach them and talk to them, which is kind of a wonderful thing about our city, that we have such an accessible political leadership. I see the mayor all around the city all the time, I run into council people on the street, so that’s a wonderful thing. But I also think the interests of all the citizens of Philadelphia, aren’t necessarily being heard. In order for Philadelphia to compete as a global city, we need to understand young, educated, talented college graduates are an important demographic, and we need more of them in our city, because they are an important part of our future.

April 29th | Posted In Trivia

Trivia Tuesday!

Isn’t quizzo the greatest?  Whether you are a New Deck purist who spells it with just one ‘z’, or prefer to win “adult” toys at a round of Kinky Quizzo, you can’t help but to love the thrill of being the only person at your table who knows which medical school had the highest number of applications this year‡.

To celebrate my love of quizzo (which is one of the reasons #whyilovephilly), I give you a Philly-focused trivia question every Tuesday.  Answers after the jump.

This week’s trivia question:  The Philadelphia Orchestra is considered one of the “Big Five” orchestras in the US, based largely on its rich history of firsts, such as being the first orchestra to make recordings, the first orchestra to debut a number of amazing compositions, and the first American orchestra to tour China in 1973.  It also recorded Disney’s Fantasia.  Can you name the conductor who famously got to shake hands with Mickey Mouse at the start of that classic film?

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April 25th | Posted In Millennial, Politics

Young Candidate Spotlight: Jen Devor

One in an occasional series highlighting young Philadelphians who are running for office.  Young Involved Philadelphia does not endorse any candidate for any office, and this post should not be considered an endorsement of or opposition to any candidate. But we do encourage all young Philadelphians to get more involved civically and politically in their city. To that end, we will occasionally profile young candidates and ask them how and why they decided to get involved. 

Name: Jen Devor

Running for: Democratic Committee Person for the 36th Ward, 37th Division (Point Breeze).

Why Philly?  Philadelphia is really important to me and I just really love the city. I have had all my major life  milestones in Philadelphia – I came to school here – I went to the University of the Arts, I fell in love in Philadelphia, had a baby in Philadelphia, launched my career in Philadelphia. And I love how much access you have to everyone and everything. It has all that I need in where I want to live and I want to make a contribution here and give back.

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April 25th | Posted In Policy

Leveling the Playing Field for Philadelphia

The views and opinions expressed in this article of those of the author alone and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Young Involved Philadelphia. Young Involved Philadelphia is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information provided by the author of this article.

On May 20th, Primary Election Day, voters in Philadelphia will see a ballot question that will ask whether or not they want to reverse a law that has reduced our city’s influence for over 60 years. When the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter was written in 1951, they added a clause that says elected officials must resign from their current office in order to run for a new office – otherwise known as “Resign to Run.”

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April 24th | Posted In Ideasmiths, Nonprofit, Philadelphia

YIP Ideasmiths Podcast – Episode #002 – Katie Monroe of Women Bike PHL

Last month we introduced the YIP Ideasmiths Podcast, where we explore the stories of the young people behind some of your favorite projects, events, and organizations in the area. 

Women Bike PHL

Women Bike PHL

This month I had the chance to sit down with Katie Monroe, founder of Women Bike PHL, a program of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia working to encourage more women to bike. During the interview we discuss her 2012 research revealing the major gender gap in Philly’s bike culture, key changes that would make Philly a more bike-friendly city, and tips for anyone interested in biking more as a way to get around Philly. I need to thank Katie again for taking the time to meet with me, having led a ride for a related group, Gearing Up, just prior to our talk. Katie really lives and breaths her vision for a better Philly.

In her own words:

Katie Monroe

Katie Monroe

At this point when we think of the bike scene and the bike culture it’s people who really identify with their bikes for one reason or another… What I envision for Philly and for the US in general is a world where having a bike is like having a toaster. It’s just the best tool for the job. You don’t have to identify with a toaster or be a toaster person; you don’t have to be a bike person. You just ride your bike because that’s the easiest, cheapest, fastest, happiest way to get where you’re going.

Listen to the interview now by subscribing to the podcast in the iTunes store (no headphones while biking!).

For more info on Women Bike PHL and a calendar of events, visit www.womenbikephl.org. While you’re at it, tab out your browser with Bicycle Coalition and Gearing Up.

Final notes and disclaimer: This is an experiment we’re trying – if you like it and want to hear more, let us know by subscribing, commenting, and rating on iTunes, and by sharing on Twitter and Facebook. If you don’t like it and don’t want to hear more, troll us unmercifully on reddit–we don’t usually look there. Honestly though, we want to hear those comments too. We’re a volunteer team, new to this podcasting game, and we want to get better at sharing these stories. And here’s the number one thing you can do: if you know a local young leader with a great story to tell, send us an email at ideasmiths@yiphilly.org. We’ll be capturing these in both the podcast and in written posts.

April 23rd | Posted In Millennial, Politics

Young Candidate Spotlight: Tom Nardi

One in an occasional series highlighting young Philadelphians who are running for office.  Young Involved Philadelphia does not endorse any candidate for any office, and this post should not be considered an endorsement of or opposition to any candidate. But we do encourage all young Philadelphians to get more involved civically and politically in their city. To that end, we will occasionally profile young candidates and ask them how and why they decided to get involved. 

Name: Tom Nardi

Running for: Democratic Committee Person in the 58th ward, 39th Division.

Why Philly? I was born and raised in Philadelphia. The grade school I went to is in my ward, a large portion of my family lives in my ward. It’s home for me. I’ve spent some time in other places – working on campaigns in South Dakota, Delaware, other parts of Pennsylvania. But, Philadelphia – Northeast Philly – it’s where I want to be. And I want to be involved in the community, so I’m running for Committee Person.

What do you do? Political organizer, political staffer by trade. [Currently, I’m] call time manager for my uncle, who doubles as my state senator, Mike Stack, who is running for Lieutenant Governor.

Why did you decide to run? My grandfather was ward leader in the 58th for almost 40 years. I grew up at his knee. My uncle is the ward leader now. We’ve been involved with the 58th ward going way back – politics is in the lifeblood of my mom’s side of the family. Staying involved in the community is important to me. So when, four years ago, the opportunity first came up to run for Democratic Committee Person in my neighborhood, I jumped on it. You get to go out every day, meet new folks, meet old folks who’ve been there a while, meet the people in your neighborhood. For me, its people I grew up with: “Hey, you were in scouts with my son” or “My daughter when to high school with your brother”.

Any advice for other young folks considering a run for office? If you’re interested in running, go out and do it. My grandfather always gave the advice “no one makes you the guy – you have to go out and be the guy.”  No one really taps you on the shoulder and says, “Hey, I think you should do this.”  Without you expressing the desire to do it.  So if you have to the drive to run for something, whether it’s democratic committee person, state representative, city council – figure out what you need to win and then go do it, because the most important piece of politics is being there and doing it.  So many folks, even in elected positions, are really absent in what they do.  When people talk about young upstarts that came and took over places, it’s because they showed up and did it.

What challenges have you faced, if any? Fortunately for me – rather unfortunately for small-d democracy – I am running unopposed. There are only 2 people running in my division. Last time I ran, there were 3 people running and I was able to win.

What is it like to be a younger person in Philly politics? There is a weird dynamic in politics when it comes to generations. You get the old guard that loves to see young people involved. If you walk into a room and you’re 25 and no one is under the age of 50, they’ll love that you’re there, but you’ll still have to prove yourself.

When people complain about “government doesn’t hear our voices”… politicians respond to the people who show up. It’s no coincidence that politicians every time you hear a politician open his or her mouth, its about seniors – seniors turn out to vote.  Young people don’t turn out to vote so much.  So if we want change, we got to make it – we got to show up.

April 22nd | Posted In Ideasmiths

Ideasmiths: Lansie Sylvia’s Philanthroparty: Philly Give & Get

Name: Lansie Sylvia Title: Founder and Leader of the Pack Day Job: Director of Engagement at Here's My Chance

Name: Lansie Sylvia
Title: Founder and Leader of the Pack
Day Job: Director of Engagement at Here’s My Chance

When asked to profile a young leader in Philadelphia, one of the hardest parts is actually describing the person to those who haven’t had the opportunity to meet them – not just in terms of their accomplishments, degrees, and pieces of paper worthy of more than a refrigerator door – but their personality, demeanor, and character: the things that effortlessly and without them knowing it, make them a leader. And with Lansie Sylvia, Founder of Philly Give & Get, the first word that comes to mind is, not surprisingly, “giving.”

Throughout all of our conversations and emails, Sylvia expressed a desire to constantly improve not only Philadelphia in general, but every willing member of the community, both professionally and personally, whether through sharing skills, conversation, insight, or resources. A passionate member of Indy Hall, Lansie seeks to shake up millennials’ perspectives and interest in the idea of philanthropy and giving through Philly Give & Get.  Read more

April 22nd | Posted In Trivia

Trivia Tuesday!

One of a dozen buildings you get googling "Annenberg"

One of a dozen buildings you get googling “Annenberg”

Isn’t quizzo the greatest?  Whether you are a New Deck purist who spells it with just one ‘z’, or prefer to win “adult” toys at a round of Kinky Quizzo, you can’t help but to love the thrill of being the only person at your table who knows the name of the last Supreme Court justice who didn’t earh a law degree‡.

To celebrate my love of quizzo (which is one of the reasons #whyilovephilly), I give you a Philly-focused trivia question every Tuesday.  Answers after the jump.

This week’s trivia question:  Walter Annenberg reportedly gave away $2 billion during his life, getting a bunch of things named after him in the process, including Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication, Annenberg Public Policy Center and Annenberg Performing Arts Center. Some say he engaged in so much philanthropy in part to clear his father’s name, which had been sullied by tax scandals.  Walt’s dad, Moses, owned a little newspaper you might have heard of, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Walter took over the family business after dropping out of Wharton. But Walter really made his fortune when he started this magazine – can you name it?

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April 20th | Posted In Nonprofit, Philadelphia

Arts Supporters urge City Government to #RestoreArtsFundingPHL

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Approximately 0% of Penn students know this by its real name.

Philadelphia is often celebrated as one of the premier destinations for arts and culture in America. We boast world-class museums, countless festivals and wonderful performance arts. With all that the cultural sector contributes, I sometimes wonder what our city would be like without it. I know – it’s scary. What would the Parkway look like without the Art Museum (just don’t mention that Rocky statue), the Rodin and the Barnes? What would Philadelphians do on First Fridays if they couldn’t gallery hop? What would Claes Oldenburg do if we returned his Clothespin, Paintbrush, Three-Way Plug and Split Button? Sure, they’re ordinary household items, but something tells me he couldn’t fit them in his garage.

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April 15th | Posted In Millennial, Philadelphia, Politics

Young Candidate Spotlight: Kris Walski

One in an occasional series highlighting young Philadelphians who are running for office.  Young Involved Philadelphia does not endorse any candidate for any office, and this post should not be considered an endorsement of or opposition to any candidate. But we do encourage all young Philadelphians to get more involved civically and politically in their city. To that end, we will occasionally profile young candidates and ask them how and why they decided to get involved.

Name: Kris Walski

Running for: Democratic Committee Person for the 25th Ward’s 1st Division (Port Richmond).

Why Philly?  I grew up here – I was born in Philadelphia on the 4th of July and have lived in Port Richmond all my life. I am a graduate of St. Joe’s Prep and Penn.

What do you do?  Right now, I’m working on Tom Wolf’s campaign for governor. Before, I worked for City Council with the Committee on Global Opportunities and the Creative/Innovative Economy. I actually found that job through YIP – at a career fair at Penn, I spoke with [Advocacy Committee member] David Laegan, who introduced me to Chris Pienkowski of Councilman David Oh’s office.  [Ed. note: Councilman Oh chairs the Committee on Global Opportunities and the Creative/Innovative Economy].

Why did you decide to run? I started attending local community civic group meetings, which made me more interested in getting involved in my neighborhood. That’s also where I met my ward leader, Thomas Johnson, for whom I started volunteering, collecting petition signatures for the Democratic primary.

Any advice for other young people considering a run for office?  I went to YIP Events – the Ward Politics 101 event in particular. I also got involved with my local community groups. Attending those meetings gave me the opportunity to meet people who care about the neighborhood.

What kind of challenges have you faced?  In local politics, there is a large generational gap. I think more young people would get involved if they knew how and more about the issues. For example, my ward leader said he was happy to see young people get involved. We need to connect people who want to get involved with willing ward leaders. And if someone is more civically-focused, and less politically-focused, there are a ton of groups, like the North Kensington Community Development Corporation, who have opportunities to get involved.

April 15th | Posted In Trivia

Trivia Tuesday!

Pictured: Elijah

Pictured: Elijah

Isn’t quizzo the greatest?  Whether you are a New Deck purist who spells it with just one ‘z’, or prefer to win “adult” toys at a round of Kinky Quizzo, you can’t help but to love the thrill of being the only person at your table who can find the Afikoman‡.

To celebrate my love of quizzo (which is one of the reasons #whyilovephilly), I give you a Philly-focused trivia question every Tuesday.  Answers after the jump.

This week’s trivia question:  Chag Sameach, Philly.  In honor of Passover, please name Philadelphia’s oldest jewish cemetery, which owned by the oldest contiguous synagogue in the US?

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April 8th | Posted In Education

The Economic Imperative of Bartram’s Moral Imperative

Things are bad at John Bartram High School.  The school, located in Southwest Philly and named after the famed botanist, recently suffered through a spat of violence that should serve as a wake up call for the deplorable state of Philadelphia’s schools.  Unfortunately, if two (soon to be three!) years of huge budget deficits doesn’t do the trick, shaky cellphone videos of students fighting won’t either.

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April 8th | Posted In Policy

A Puny Report on a Pew Report

Pew recently released its State of the City 2014 Update. It’s a short and sweet update of some of the demographic trends in Philly. Here is YIP’s even shorter and sweeter report on Pew’s fascinating report, highlighting residential housing growth, population growth, job growth, and a decline in crime – all good things, but most in marginal amounts.  That means there is plenty more to be done to keep the city going down the right path.

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April 8th | Posted In Trivia

Trivia Tuesday!

Isn’t quizzo the greatest?  Whether you are a New Deck purist who spells it with just one ‘z’, or prefer to win “adult” toys at a round of Kinky Quizzo, you can’t help but to love the thrill of being the only person at your table who can name Arya Stark’s dire wolf‡.

To celebrate my love of quizzo (which is one of the reasons #whyilovephilly), I give you a Philly-focused trivia question every Tuesday.  Answers after the jump.

This week’s trivia question:  Philadelphia is home some big things: America’s largest 10-mile road race (The Broad Street Run), America’s largest track meet (Penn Relays), the world’s largest municipal building (City Hall), and America’s largest regatta (The Dad Vail), amongst others. It’s also home to the world’s largest example of a particular musical instrument.  Can you name it?

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April 7th | Posted In Citizenship

Crossfire Discussion on Gentrification with the People’s Emergency Center

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Our friends, the Emerging Leaders of People’s Emergency Center, are holding an a talk entitled “Sounding the Horn: A Crossfire Discussion on Gentrification.”  If you’re available April 24th, you should check it out. If you go to this, you’ll get caught up in the crossfire, given how heated gentrification debates can get. Just remember, no matter how intense things get, no shooting little silver marbles at the panelists.

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April 4th | Posted In Jersey Shore

Relax, Manco and Manco isn’t going anywhere.

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For many of us, today’s headline “Manco & Manco owners facing tax charges” hit us like a ton of bricks, like hearing a loved one had cancer. If you never had the glorious swirly styled pizza, you were probably confused by seeing coverage of Matt and Mary Bangle, nee Manco, arrest for income tax evasion on the front page of the Inquirer and dominating your social media feeds as devotees freaked out.

Manco & Manco, formerly Mack & Manco, is more than just great pizza. It’s my childhood. My summer days were spent on the beach – you could find my family’s regular spot near 24th Street by finding the house with the large crab silhouette painted on it and then walking down to the high water line. Nights in Ocean City meant sitting on my dad’s shoulders for long walks down the boardwalk to ride the Tilt-a-whirl at Gillian’s and share a pie at Mack & Manco’s. If we were good, we might get some candy at Shriver’s, but the pizza was all I really cared about. A bite of that thin crust reminds me of brighter days, the days before cancer took granddad, before we sold the shore house to pay for grandmom’s medical bills.

So, yeah, this pizza is that important to me and countless others with similar stories of family, fun and food down the Shore.

Thankfully, fans of delicious sauce pumped incongruously through a pump onto fresh mozzarella and hand-tossed dough have little to fear. Even if the current owners end up in the slammer, Manco & Manco will endure.

Some beloved businesses fade away, slowly becoming unprofitable or transferring ownership to a child who doesn’t have the same knack for the family trade. Incompetent offspring can ruin a law firm, a department store, a mechanic’s shop, or a Lord Protectorship. A pizzeria isn’t one of them.  A pizzeria is a fairly straightforward business to hand off to new management.  It isn’t hard to tell a half-competent individual who to buy cheese and flour from, the recipe for a sauce and what to charge.  I suspect that each location’s manager is fully equipped to keep this ship afloat.

Should the Bangles decide to sell, there shouldn’t be a shortage of buyers. From the indictment, it seems like the restaurants are doing quite well, grossing $4.5 million a year.  That alone would be enough to pique interest, even before considering that this is a Jersey Shore institution.

Either way, the Bangles have no interest in shuttering the company.  It’s worth vastly more as an ongoing venture than liquidated assets – again, that’s even before you consider the massive amount of goodwill it holds.   Moreover, no prospective buyer would want to do anything to change the iconic pie, which is where the true value of the company lies. When Johnsonville bought Habbersett, Philly’s favorite scrapple didn’t change; there is no reason for the hypothetical new owners to mess up our beloved summertime snack.

So let’s all take a deep breath.  Our favorite pizza isn’t going anywhere.  This summer, we will all still be able to wait in a line backed up to the other side of the boardwalk just to buy a slice and a birch beer, and shake our heads quietly at those impatient fools who would go anywhere else.  Whatever it’s called and whoever owns it, Mack & Manco is here to stay.

Jim Saksa is a YIP Board Member, Editor of this blog and corporate attorney.  He spent dozens of summers eating Mack & Mancos, and spent 8 summers working at a bar in Seaside Heights that made a vastly inferior pizza.

April 3rd | Posted In Policy

Inky Op-Ed: Make Hall Monitor Permanent

 

When Lord Acton wrote “Power tends to corrupt, and absolutely power corrupts absolutely” he wasn’t talking about political power – at least not in the traditional sense. Acton was speaking out against the First Vatican Council’s promulgation of papal infallibility. Acton lost his doctrinal dogfight, but he remained a devout Catholic his entire life.

Right now, Philadelphia is facing another fight about power and corruption. As noted in the Inquirer’s Editorial on Thursday, Hall monitor worth keeping, “Stories of local officials using their offices for personal profit are as wearying as they are familiar.” City Council can take Lord Acton’s advice and make the Inspector General’s Office permanent.

When the Church ignored Acton, he managed to keep his faith. If City Hall ignores Acton, will Philadelphians will be able to do the same?

The views and opinions expressed in this article of those of the author alone and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Young Involved Philadelphia. Young Involved Philadelphia is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information provided by the author of this article.  

April 3rd | Posted In YIP

Introducing YIP Membership

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The Hoff and his Members Only jacket

Members Only

I’m often asked how one becomes “a YIP Member”. The YIP board has hotly debated that question for at least two years, and last month we finally had an answer: like David Hasselfhoff’s jacket, YIP is now Members Only.

From this point forward the majority of our events will charge a premium to non-members (we prefer to call them “the Uninitiated”), if we include them at all. Members will gain exclusive access to community leaders, business leaders, and city officials who want to hear the voice of young Philadelphia. YIP Members will be that voice because they are just that f’ing important. The YIP Blog will remain public so we can bring you weekly profiles of our Members, undoubtedly the most interesting young people in Philadelphia and probably the world.

If you want all this you MUST become a dues-paying, card-carrying YIP Member today….

Just kidding, guys! (We’re still working April Fools Day out of our systems). We’ve started a membership program, but it’s nothing like that crap above. Read on to find out what it’s really all about.

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April 2nd | Posted In Politics

A Map of the Democratic Committee Person Races

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Jon Geeting made an awesome map on the Philadelphia Democratic Progressive Caucus website showing the number of petitions filed to run as a Democratic committee person in each division of the city. Check it out and, to echo Jon, if no one (or just one person) is running in your division, why not consider a write-in campaign?

Unfortunately for the color blind out there, the map is in blues and greens. But even those poor color vision deficient folks can click on their own division in the map and get the number of petitions filed there. If only matching ties and shirts were so easy, amirite?

Disclaimer: Young Involved Philadelphia, Inc. is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.  As such, YIP cannot and does not endorse any candidate for any office.  This is not an endorsement of the Philadelphia Democratic Progressive Caucus, Mr. Geeting (who is running for Committee Person), the Democratic Party or anyone else running for office. It’s just a link to a cool map.

 

April 2nd | Posted In Entrepreneurship

Time to Geek Out: It’s Philly Tech Week

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Pong at the Cira Center

Philly Tech Week starts this Friday, heralding a week jammed packed with hack-a-thons, talks, film screenings, networking events, workshops and more. There will be over 20 events on some of the days, which means there is some serious schedule manipulating to be done.

Befitting for such a stacked week, Philly Tech Week kicks off with “Arcade @ The Oval“, featuring Tetris on the Cira Center. There’ll also be a Yards beer tent, food trucks, live music, games from local developers and more to wet your geek appetite for the week to come. This is also one of the first events at The Oval this year, so it’s like two kickoffs for the price of one. And that price, by the way, is free.

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