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Philadelphia Arts Organizations Struggle to Stay Afloat Amidst the Pandemic

Many performing arts organizations across the Philadelphia area have been struggling since the start of the pandemic. ABC 6 talked with some about what that has been like, and impact it has had.

“We have furloughed, we have had a round of layoffs, we have a hiring freeze from the beginning at the office,” said Karen Corbin, chief operating officer of the Philadelphia Pops.

The Philadelphia Orchestra is also struggling, but are doing their best to ensure their survival in the future.

“The musicians and the staff made big sacrifices to their pay in order to make sure the orchestra can thrive on the other side of this,” said Matias Tamopolsky, CEO of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Arts and culture brought in $4.1 billion annually to the Greater Philadelphia region, and provided 55,000 full time jobs prior to the pandemic. Since March, the industry has lost nearly $131 million.

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Philadelphia burning: A city’s forgotten outrage against a Black community

  • On May 13, 1985, Philadelphia police dropped a bomb on 6621 Osage Avenue which left 11 people dead, including five children, and burned down 61 homes.
  • The building was the headquarters of MOVE, a radical West Philadelphia group whose ideology combined Black revolutionary ideals with environmental and animal rights.
  • In 1988, a grand jury cleared then-Mayor Wilson Goode and other top city officials of criminal liability for death and destruction resulting from the incident.
  • This month Philadelphia City Council voted to formally apologize for their decision to approve a bombing.
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Philadelphia City Council finally voted to apologize for their decision to approve a bombing, which left 11 people dead, including five children, in 1985, an outrage that has been all-but-forgotten.

On May 13, police dropped an explosive device on the roof of 6621 Osage Avenue in West Philadelphia after a daylong confrontation with

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Colin Kaepernick calls for release of Mumia Abu-Jamal, convicted of killing a Philadelphia cop

Kaepernick publicly expressed support of the release of Mumia Abu-Jamal at a virtual conference this week. Abu-Jamal was convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer in 1981. He has served 38 years of a life sentence at a southwest Philadelphia prison thus far.
“When I was invited to speak on behalf of Mumia, one of the first things that came to mind was has been how long he’s been in prison,” Kaepernick said at the conference. “How many years of his life has been stolen away from him, his community and his loved ones? Mumia has been in prison longer than I’ve been alive.”

Kaepernick quotes Abu-Jamal’s own writing, describing his sentence as a “second by second assault on his soul.” He referenced the Black Lives Matter movement during his speech.

“Today we’re living through a moment where it’s acceptable to paint ‘end racism now’ in front of the Philadelphia … Read More

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At least 1,500 nurses in the Philadelphia area may be on the verge of going on strike

At least 1,500 nurses at two hospitals in the Philadelphia area are on the verge of striking, according to a spokesperson with the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP).



application, map: At least 1,500 nurses at Einstein Medical Center and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia are on the verge of striking.


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At least 1,500 nurses at Einstein Medical Center and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia are on the verge of striking.

Nurses at Einstein Medical Center and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, both of which are in Philadelphia, have not reached agreements on new contracts with their parent health groups, according to a November 5 PASNAP release.

Einstein Healthcare Network owns Einstein Medical Center, while St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children is owned by Drexel University College of Medicine and Tower Health.

The nurses are primarily striking because they feel they have been “pushed to the brink by unsafe staffing that seriously undermines patient safety,” according to the release.

PASNAP-represented nurses have also officially

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Iron John in Philadelphia at Temple Theaters 2020

Say his name three times on a moonless night down by the lake and… wait… did anyone else hear that?

Using tropes of suspense and mystery to tell a story of racial violence, the new musical, Iron John, is an exploration of how the past can literally haunt the future. Based on the Grimm Fairy Tale, “Der Eisenhans,” or “Iron John,” and adapted by Jacinth Greywoode and Rebecca Hart, the musical was featured at the 31st Annual National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) Festival of New Musicals and The New Works Festival at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley.

Produced by Temple Theaters and directed by Christopher Windom who has worked extensively on Broadway and in national tours (and recently in Film for the Aretha Franklin Biopic “Respect”), Iron John will be streamed on NOVEMBER 13th and 14th at 7:30PM with a cast of local Temple student musical theater performers. The FREE show

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Philadelphia official says office is getting death threats for vote count

  • During a “60 Minutes” interview on Sunday, the Republican City Commissioner of Philadelphia said his office is receiving death threats for counting votes.
  • Al Schmidt said there are “calls to our offices reminding us that ‘This is what the Second Amendment is for, people like us.'”
  • Philadelphia and Pennsylvania generally have been at the center of President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud, as he continues to contest the results of the election, which news outlets have called for President-elect Joe Biden.
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The Republican City Commissioner of Philadelphia said his office is receiving death threats for counting votes during a “60 Minutes” interview on Sunday.

“From the inside looking out, it feels all very deranged,” Al Schmidt said in an interview with Bill Whitaker in reference to unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in the city.

“At the end of the day, we

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Armed QAnon Supporter Drove To Philadelphia To Deliver ‘Truck Full Of Fake Votes’

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At an arraignment Friday night, prosecutors said that text messages reveal two Virginia men, who were arrested Thursday, drove to Philadelphia to “deliver a truck full” of fake ballots because they were concerned about ballot-counting taking place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, according to a local CBS affiliate.

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Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office charged Joshua Macias (42) and Antonio Lamotta (61), both of Chesapeake, Virginia, with several weapons charges on Friday. 

The men were arrested near the

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Report: Armed men arrested in Philadelphia were trying to deliver fake ballots

The center is one of the places where election workers have been counting votes from the 2020 general election, which includes the race for president.

Text messages reveal that the men were concerned about the tallying of votes at the convention center, prosecutors said, according to KYW.

Antonio LaMotta, 61, and Joshua Macias, 42, both of Chesapeake, Virginia, were arrested Thursday night outside the center on suspicion of carrying handguns in Pennsylvania without permits, authorities said.

Philadelphia police said they found the men Thursday night after receiving a tip that people with firearms were heading to the Pennsylvania Convention Center in a silver Hummer truck.

Officers found a silver Hummer a block from the center — parked and unoccupied — around 10:20 p.m. Thursday, about seven minutes before finding the men, who acknowledged the Hummer was theirs, police said.

Both men were carrying loaded handguns, and police found an AR-type

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Philadelphia Police Reportedly Thwart Plot To Attack Vote Counting Center

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A plot to attack a Philadelphia convention center where votes are being counted was prevented Thursday night by Philadelphia police, according to multiple news reports, as tensions grow over mail-in vote counting after continuous false claims by President Donald Trump that the process is fraudulent.

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Police received a tip that there was a group traveling from out-of-state to attack the Pennsylvania Convention Center, where votes are being counted, according to reports.

The group was armed, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer reporter, and traveled in a Hummer that had a QAnon sticker on its back window.

At least one man was seen being put in handcuffs outside the convention center.

Police were made aware of the plot

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Philadelphia Releases Police Body-Camera Video of Walter Wallace Shooting

Officials in Philadelphia urged calm on Wednesday as they released body-camera footage from last week of two police officers fatally shooting a Black man with a history of mental illness who was holding a knife. The police also announced new training measures intended to help officers respond to mental health crises.

The man, Walter Wallace Jr., 27, was fatally shot by officers on Oct. 26 in an encounter that was also captured on video by a bystander and shared on social media.

In the bystander’s video and in the police body-cam footage, Mr. Wallace is seen walking into the street in the direction of the officers, who back away and aim their guns at him. The officers yell repeatedly at Mr. Wallace to “put the knife down” and then fire multiple rounds. After Mr. Wallace falls to the ground, his mother screams and rushes to his body.

In the body-cam

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