Office of Homeless Services and Philadelphia Police cleared out the Filbert Street encampment

Homeless encampments have been popping up around Center City like a game of whack-a-mole. From the Pennsylvania Convention Center, to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, now to Reading Terminal Market and the SEPTA Locust Street underground. Philadelphia’s unhoused continue to band together in small communities rather than relying on city services. As summer approaches and the

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Philadelphia Public School teachers strike, refusing to do in-person classes until schools are safe from COVID-19

  On a bitterly cold Monday morning, dozens of teachers and many of Philadelphia’s most prominent elected officials gathered outside of Samuel Gompers Elementary School in solidarity with striking teachers. Philadelphia educators are on strike in response to the the School District of Philadelphia’s plan for pre-K through second grade teachers to report to school

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Hyper-potent opioids are now contaminating cocaine and meth—and killing people along the way

For decades heroin was the drug that evoked the most fear, but what was formerly known as the “heroin epidemic” has shifted into the “opioid epidemic,” as synthetic opioids and pharmaceutical drugs have become more prevalent. Fentanyl has emerged as one of the most harmful synthetic opiates and has become commonplace among Philadelphia’s drug market.

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