Bellevue Bulletin 09/20/2019
It’s not quite feeling like fall yet, but everything is back in full swing either way! Welcome back to your weekly update from Bellevue.
To start, a global, youth-led demonstration kicked off at 11 a.m. today at Philadelphia City Hall, and all across the world, as thousands of people have walked out of school and work to protest climate change. Upwards of 1,000 students and young people descended on City Hall this morning, holding signs and shouting chants. These nationwide protests are ahead of Saturday’s first-ever UN Youth Climate Summit, “a day of action in New York that will bring together activists committed to combating climate change”, according to Philly.Com. The point of contention in Philadelphia today is the decision of the School District to mark their protesting students absent. City Councilwoman Helen Gym tweeted Friday morning that while she’s “disappointed” in the school district’s decision to mark students absent, she will “be with our young people today and heeding their call for a new future!”, courtesy of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
In the wake of the closing of Hahnemann Hospital, Temple University’s College of Public Health’s nurse-managed Vaux Community Health Center is a primary care clinic that’s been opened in North Philadelphia’s Sharswood neighborhood. The goal of the primary care clinic aims to improve access to basic health care services for patients being displaced by the closure of Hahnemann University Hospital. The clinic is housed in the former Vaux High School building at 2300 W. Master St., and in addition to the health clinic, the building has been transformed to include housing and workforce development services, and a shared community meeting space. The clinic will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will accept Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance.
Back in May, Pennsylvania legislators turned down a proposed $500 million nuclear rescue plan, causing Exelon to announce the inevitable closure of Three Mile Island. The power station, which began commercial operations 45 years ago, but began quickly losing money as the electricity market surged, and became infamous with the 1979 accident that crippled its neighboring twin reactor. At noon today, Three Mile Island permanently shut its doors, and the company will retain about 300 of TMI’s 700 employees to conduct the first phase of decommissioning. Other employees have been reassigned within Exelon or decided to leave the company, according to The Inquirer. The reactor’s cooling towers and other large components will reportedly remain standing until 2074, according to Exelon’s Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report.
In City Council this week, Councilmember Blondell Reynolds Brown introduced amendments to her bill to remove lead paint from residential rental units, requiring all apartment buildings to be certified as lead-safe every four years. As previously mentioned, the upcoming UN Climate Summit prompted Council to highlight the city’s climate change policy goals, such as the “transition to the use of 100 percent clean renewable energy for electricity in municipal operations by 2030, for electricity city-wide by 2035, and for all energy (including heat and transportation) city-wide by 2050 or sooner.” To read more of what City Council talked about on Thursday, check out their new weekly roundup.
That’s all for this week! Tune in @PhillyAdvocates for more.