News Roundup June 24, 2016


Viewing and funeral for Akyra Murray set for this Friday

A viewing for Akyra Murray, the 18-year-old West Philadelphia woman killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fl. on June 12, will take place Friday, June 24, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Monumental Baptist Church located at 50th and Locust Streets. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. at the church and burial will be at Mount Peace Cemetery. Read more.

ReAnimator Coffee coming to Garden Court Plaza retail space

We are starting to learn a little more about the retail that will be moving into the ground floor of the Garden Court Plaza apartment building at 47th and Pine. An official from Post Brothers, the real estate developer that acquired the building last year and announced their plans to court new retail businesses, said last night that ReAnimator Coffee, which has current locations in Fishtown and Kensington, has agreed to take one of the spots. Read more.

If you’re not engaged with poverty at some level, ‘You’re privileged’

Poverty can’t be solved through charity or policy. It has to be guided by the communities that are impacted by it.

Community organizing was a solution Councilwoman Helen Gym proposed at a recent Young Involved Philadelphia panel on poverty and inequality in the city, where poverty rates are as high as 26.3 percent. Read more.

This activist wants to take an HIV test with you

Philadelphia sees between 600 and 700 new cases of HIV/AIDS per year and is home to over 20,000 people living with the virus. They’re sobering statistics that demand action. Andrea Walker is obliging. Read more.

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