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How a West Philly Designer Helped Organize the Etsy Strike

This spring, 30,000 independent Etsy merchants staged a strike for the first time at the e-commerce giant, whose profits have doubled to $10 billion during the pandemic.

  • From there arose the guild of independent sellers.which launched on Labor Day with the help of lead organizer Mattie Boyd, the West Philly designer behind the Toxic Femme brand.

The goal of the ISG, Boyd told Jordan Levy, is to force greater transparency and fairer practices on online retail platforms around the world.

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How Philadelphia Can Help With Hurricane Fiona Relief Efforts

As it crossed the Caribbean, Hurricane Fiona caused flooding and landslides, cutting off electricity and running water to millions of people in Puerto Rico.

  • Five years after Hurricane Maria shutting down the island’s power grid, local organizations in Philadelphia, which has the second-largest Puerto Rican population on the mainland, are stepping up again.

Asha Prihar put together a list of local groups that coordinate efforts and donations. Hear from another we should add? Let us know.

Salinas Beach in Puerto Rico on Monday, flooded after the passage of Hurricane Fiona
Alejandro Granadillo / AP Photo

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Sculptures in Fairmount Park
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Gun Violence Prevention Weekly Report (with PCGVR)

We publish this report every week in collaboration with the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting.

  • Hear from a panel of experts on the epidemic of gun violence in Philadelphia, the root causes, what works to prevent shootings, and why. [WHYY’s Radio Times]
  • On a sadly typical weekend in August, 20 people were shot in Philadelphia. Inquirer reporters went to each crime scene and tried to understand why. [Inquirer$]
  • It’s not just Philadelphia: From Oakland to Chicago to Newark, shootings are disrupting early childhood education. Solutions being tested include community member patrols and group counseling for young men. [Chalkbeat]
  • Are you in an organization that can host a Fellow focused on addressing gun violence from a policy, practice, research, advocacy, organizational, or communication lens? The Stoneleigh Foundation is funding full time positions. [Stoneleigh]
  • Eagles QB Jalen Hurts is using your voice to help fight gun violence in Philadelphia. She visited the Penn Medicine Trauma Center to learn more about the public health crisis. [@JalenHurts/CBS3]

By the numbers in Philly

  • 36: Recorded shooting victims In the past week so far, up from 62 the week before. [City Controller via @PCGVR]
  • 1725: Shooting victims this year, up 2% from last year [PCGVR]
  • 389: Homicides so far this year, 1% above last year’s pace and 76% higher than five years ago [Philly Police]


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🏍️ BP Quizzo lands at The Sidecar Bar & Grille! Join us at the Grad Hospital Tavern for our monthly pub trivia on all things local, with happy hour specials and prizes. Free with RSVP. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 27)

🍩 Northern Liberties Night Market takes over 2nd Street with PAYG treats from over 30 food trucks, including chewy donuts from Mochinut and potato pierogis from Mom-Mom’s. (5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, September 22).

🧘 The Fairmount Park Horticulture Center is transformed into an outdoor yoga studio with “Yoga in the Leaves”. Tickets are $45 for a one-hour adult class + breakfast, but kids’ yoga is free. (10 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, September 25)

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