Stories about life in Liddonfield housing project and its impact on the Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood of Upper Holmesburg. These true stories reveal how government policy affected the lives of real people, from the project residents to area homeowners during the 5 decades of Liddonfield’s existence. Stories and articles are written by a former resident of the project.

FIGHT THE STIGMA!

FIGHT THE STIGMA!
Rosemary Reeves, Blogger, standing on Philadelphia Skyline

May 15, 2015

JUST SAY “NO” TO FLASH MOBS BY SAYING “YES” TO KEVIN DOUGHERTY FOR SUPREME COURT

VOTE FOR KEVIN DOUGHERTY MAY 19!

NO FLASH MOBS SINCE DOUGHERTY HANDS DOWN SENTENCING 

JUDGE KEVIN DOUGHERTY
In 2010 Philadelphia experienced a series of flash mob attacks where young people swarmed the streets causing chaos, destroying property and even attacking innocent passersby.  In one incident, 150 juveniles rushed violently through Macy’s breaking merchandise and fighting, terrorizing shoppers and store clerks.  Ten teenagers who took part in that flash mob appeared before Kevin Dougherty, administrative judge in the Family Court of Pennsylvania. "I'm not playing. The days of civil unrest are over," he told the juveniles before handing down sentencing.  There have been no more flash mob incidents in Philadelphia since.

Dougherty made it clear that he was a judge that would not be “played” by teenagers who cause trouble.  His is the kind of tough approach that is needed to make this city safe for working families.  A Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Dougherty grew up on Howard Street in South Philly but today Northeast Philly is his home.  He attended Sisters of Mercy at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Elementary School where he received a Catholic school education.  Catholic school curriculum often comes with an emphasis on moral standards, which is a good foundation for a judicial career, where moral decisions have to be made every day.

Dougherty describes his childhood as “simple and fun.”  His dad was a court officer and a role model for the aspiring young boy who was allowed to sit at the back of the courtroom and watch the proceedings in Family Court.  Keeping families together became a lifelong mission.  Some things are just meant to be.   

His reforms significantly increased the number of adoptions so more children without families were placed in loving homes.  His goal is to strengthen the family.  Strong families create tight-knit communities and role models that are close at hand for young people needing moral guidance in modern times.

District Attorney Seth Williams praised Dougherty for having “common sense” in his day to day dealings in judicial matters.  Judge Dougherty was also recommended by The Pennsylvania Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Commission to serve on The Supreme Court.

VOTE FOR KEVIN DOUGHERTY FOR SUPREME COURT!

May 13, 2015

JIM KENNEY FOR MAYOR: DEFENDER OF THE WORKING JOE



Democratic Primary:  Tuesday, May 19, 2015

 VOTE FOR JIM KENNEY! 


JIM KENNEY
I’ll say it one word:  JOBS.  In the past when they were plentiful America’s icon was the working Joe, otherwise known as the backbone of our nation.  After widespread outsourcing by big corporations resulted in massive layoffs it seems those who can count on stable employment are a dying breed.  Mayoral candidate Jim Kenney wants to save our national icon from extinction by turning the working Joe from a “has been” into a “has more.”

Chalk it up to his Irish roots that this should be his calling, for the Celtic people have a reverence for those who work all the day long.  Such a man or woman is to be honored for their labor and their calloused hands should rest on Sunday.  There’s no argument about it.  Furthermore, no one should have to beg for work.  As with old Irish sayings the message is simple:  give us the means with which to provide for our families.  A simple life is an easy one and mostly all it takes to have an easy life is a job that pays a fair wage.  

Kenney is an Irish Catholic raised in South Philly who grew up in a working-class home, the son of a firefighter.  You can’t get more “Philly” than that.  Armed with timeless Celtic wisdom and a focus on the future of working Philadelphians, Kenney has a proven record of defending workers’ rights.  As a city councilman he co-sponsored the 21st Century Minimum Wage Ordinance for city workers and workers sub-contracted by the city.  Back in 2011 he pushed for and passed legislation against tip theft, a practice by which servers had customers credit card payment fees deducted from their tips.  The legislation made this practice illegal.  He is for continuing wage tax cuts to make it easier for working families to get by and is endorsed by more than 30 labor unions.  

Raise your hand if you like commuting all the way to the suburbs for a job.  I didn’t think so.  Long commutes bring down our quality of life, cause traffic jams and damage the environment.  Furthermore, jobs in the suburbs help the economy in the suburbs.  It doesn’t do much for your neighborhood.  Small businesses are our bread and butter.  They keep the money in the neighborhoods we live in.   Kenney wants to make it easier for small businesses to open up in all of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods so they can employ local workers who will then spend their earnings on local goods and services.  How does he plan to accomplish this?  The city buys up vacant property in the neighborhood, puts it in a land bank and then makes it easy for small business owners to buy it and run their business off the property.

In fact, small businesses, in addition to labor unions, may be one of the few things standing between working Americans and their future prosperity.  Corporate lobbyists don’t care about the working-class or middle-class or the economic health of our neighborhoods.  These well-financed special interest groups fight tooth and nail against raising the minimum wage, concentrate the wealth and consider workers expendable.  

There is an Irish saying that goes, “May you always have work for your hands to do.”  Work is not a privilege, it’s a right.  

JIM KENNEY FOR MAYOR

KEVIN DOUGHTERY FOR SUPREME COURT

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