Bellevue Bulletin 10/25/2019
Welcome to your weekly update from Bellevue Strategies!
Up first this week in news state-wide is your guide to the November 5th election that’s quickly coming up! There are two vacancies to be filled on the Superior Court and two retention races. Find all the information here.
In Philadelphia, City Controller Rebecca Rhynhard called on city leaders to confront the worsening gun violence in the area. Rhynhart’s office revealed their analysis on Wednesday on the depressing prices of home sales, which largely correlates to homicides and issues of gun violence. Rhynhart also recommended to Mayor Kenney three gun-violence prevention programs that have been effective in cities such as New Orleans and Oakland, California. The office’s findings showed that investing in gun violence prevention programs would be cost-effective for the city, Rhynhart said. To read some of the report’s findings, click here.
On Monday, Philadelphia officials launched a new program with the intention of teaching students at two West Philadelphia high schools the necessary tools to start and run a business. Project Elevate was born as the city’s “effort at atonement”, according to KYW Newsradio, for Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, two men who were falsely arrested at Starbucks. Instead of suing the city, Nelson and Robinson only asked that it provide $200,000 in seed money to Project Elevate, which will be piloted at their alma maters, Bartram and Robeson high schools. “The program will not only help students realize their dreams of business success but they also envision the program helping to close the wealth gap in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. Read more about it here.
In City Council this week, Councilmember Derek Green proposed a resolution honoring and recognizing November 7th, 2019 as ADHD Awareness Day and honoring the work of Children and Adults with ADHD and its Philadelphia affiliate for its work to support families raising children with ADHD. Councilmember Gym had a resolution honoring the 10th anniversary of Innocence PA, a criminal justice reform organization dedicated to securing freedom for the unjustly imprisoned, preventing wrongful convictions and aiding exonerees’ transition to restoration. Councilmember Gym also put forth a resolution urging the U.S. government to enter the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which calls for the abolition of nuclear weapons among all United Nations member states.
That’s all for this week! As always, remember to follow us @PhillyAdvocates on Twitter for more news!