On Monday the City gave notice it would evict the residents of two encampments the next day. After a flurry of actions on Tuesday, the residents find themselves with a reprieve until Thursday morning, when a federal judge is slated to hear their testimony.
Forty unhoused Philadelphia families are squatting in vacant buildings that belong to the Philadelphia Housing Authority. As those individuals transform the blighted spaces into living ones, Occupy PHA and PHA spar about housing needs.
“It’s a history that, thankfully, more people are aware of now but it is still kind of hidden,” said Candace Gingrich. Gingrich, an LGBTQ activist who spent two decades working with the Human Rights Campaign. Known as the younger half-sibling of one of the more outspoken Speakers of the House in recent political history, Gingrich made a name for themself fighting for gay rights since the mid-nineties. Today, Gingrich is the Vice President and Head of Business Development at Revolution Florida, a cannabis company striving to increase access to legal cannabis.
The City announced this morning it will disband the autonomous tent city by next Friday. But Brandon Dorfman takes us inside, to meet organizers and the people experiencing homelessness who called it home.
“In terms of public figures and still more women in the cannabis world, whether it’s on stage at [MJBizCon] or launching their own brands or whatever it is, we’re seeing more women,” said Chloe Steerman, an Account Executive at Colorado-based Grasslands, a journalism-minded PR agency in the cannabis space that’s gone to great lengths to elevate the voices of women into leadership roles. “We’re just not seeing them in those positions of leadership and positions of power.”
Sobriety is fragile, and much like the soft fabric of society, it can come undone under the weight of disease or trauma. Sometimes, it takes much less for things to fall apart.
Protesting residents of the mostly white, working-class neighborhoods of Holmesburg and Mayfair in Northeast Philadelphia accepted back in 2013 that methadone clinics were needed to help people with opioid use disorders. The caveat, according to them, was that they didn’t belong near churches, daycares or schools—or anywhere near the residential zones and revitalizing business centers where people in Northeast Philly live and work.
The core of what dollar stores have done and really capitalized on is recognizing that there are people who really don’t have other options
Ronald Crawford has a deep understanding of Meek Mill’s trauma, having chronicled the North Philly hip hop artist’s lost decade to a punitive cycle of probation and incarceration in a recent book What’s Free? It Ain’t Being Booked or On Paper.
The real tragedy of Loki of Asgard in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is how his character arc perpetuates the “savior myth of adoption.” His is the story of a little blue baby icicle that dismisses a critical biological and psychological truth: adoption is trauma.