News roundup: August 26, 2016


The city needs YOU to join the Millennial Advisory Committee

Millennials are as mission-minded as they are hard to reach. But in a city that’s experienced more growth in its millennial population in the past 10 years than any other, it’s essential that their opinions are considered.

The Office of Public Engagement is tapping into that thought bank with its Millennial Advisory Committee (MAC), an in-development cohort of Philadelphia residents ages 23 to 34 who will advise policymakers on issues important to them and their peers. Read more.

“We need to stop the demolition derby”: Residents hear from preservation experts on how to save buildings

A panel of city preservation experts offered a standing-room-only crowd some strategies last night on helping to preserve historic neighborhood buildings as waves of development continue to roll across the city. Several groups have been fighting to save historically important buildings from demolition proposed by developers looking to build housing for the young professionals and students who are largely responsible for the recent upswing in the city’s population. Read more.

How the Free Library’s social justice librarians are supporting #BlackLivesMatter

Want to support the #BlackLivesMatter movement and don’t exactly know how? The Free Library‘s got your back.

Following the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile earlier this month, FLP curator Chris Brown said librarians began wondering what they could do to show support for the Black community. Read more.

Listen to Esteban Kelly talk solidarity on the “Team Human” podcast

Playing for Team Human is Esteban Kelly. Kelly is an exemplary leader in the movement for promoting solidarity and workplace democracy. While working with the Mariposa Food Co-op, Kelly founded the Food Justice and Anti Racism working group. He was also appointed by the Mayor of Philadelphia to the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council. Currently, Esteban Kelly serves as Co-Executive director of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives as well as a director of AORTA, the Anti- Oppression Resource and Training Alliance. Kelly is also a co-founder and current board member of the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA). Listen here.