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The Independent Voice

6661 Germantown Avenue • Philadelphia, PA 19119

215-438-4000 ª Fax 215-754-4245



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Attention Philadelphians:

Please scroll down and read this NY Times pension report written by Philadelphia resident Mary Williams Walsh.

This critical situation is almost as catastrophic in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. I have been consistently berating both Democrats and Republicans for burying the truth about the condition here. Those who are required by State Law to oversee all the finances of this city have been the most irresponsible in actually burying the facts about the pensions and how the city budget must prioritize and publicize the entire fiscal situation at meetings of the PICA Board. Not only have the pensions not been included, to any significant degree, in the PICA discussions that led to the acceptance of the city budget and five year plan for the last three years, members from Chairman Sam Katz on down went out of their way to make sure the pension statistics and details were kept from the public through the last two elections. In my opinion, the dereliction of duty of this board to live up to what the state statute requires of them demands a proper investigation by city and state agencies immediately.

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Institutional Racism

In Philadelphia, racial minorities have lost ground

It would be disingenuous of me to state that I was not aware early on that ethnic and racial discrimination was part of everyday life in this country, and in my home territory of Germantown and Mt. Airy.  Old enough to remember the community before the first black children were in my grammar school classes, it was the Italians and Jews that were the back-channel targets in a mostly Irish Catholic neighborhood and one not too far from the entrenched white Anglo Saxon ruling class. When the first black families moved nearby enough to attend the schools, the parents whispered new language into their children’s ears.

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Legal Notice

The Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School is requesting proposals for school food service management services. The Food Service Management Company will provide management services according to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations and guidelines, as well as the Pennsylvania Department of Education policies and guidelines.

Food Service Management Companies may submit proposals to:

Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School

In C/O FSMC Contact

5501 Cedar Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19143

The Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School Board of Education reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all proposals or to accept the proposal that it finds, in its sole discretion, to be in the best interest of the school district.

A walk-through meeting is scheduled for July 15, 2015 at 10:00 am at 5501 Cedar Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19143. 

All proposals must be submitted no later than 12:00 pm on July 29, 2015.  All proposals should be delivered in a sealed envelope and addressed to the Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School and be clearly marked:  Food Service Management Bid.

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Next Issue: July 15, 2015


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Help Wanted

School Drivers & Attendants Wanted

To qualify- Must pass criminal background,child abuse,drug test. Must have valid PA driver license. Apply in person, 5350 Belfield Ave, Philadelphia, PA  19144. 215-844-4444 option 5

Legal Notice 

Wissahickon Charter School will be holding its monthly board meeting on Tuesday, September 22, 2015.  All meetings are from 6:30-8:30 pm and will be held at the Awbury Campus, located at 815 E. Washington Lane. 

All meetings are open to the public. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 

Tuesday, February 9, 2015

Tuesday, March 15, 2015

Tuesday, April 19, 2015

Tuesday, May 17, 2015

For Rent

Germantown   Area

45xx Fernhill St.

3 Bedroom  house for rent    

newly  renovated $800.00 monthly

1st  month and  last  month, security  

Call  267-625-3832 


Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley

Is hosting a job fair on Wednesday August 5th, 2015

from 10am-4pm. 6300 Green Street Philadelphia, PA

19144. Numerous positions available in

nursing, dining, personal care, housekeeping,

maintenance and other departments. Please

also visit us at careers

For Rent

Comfy 1-2 Bedroom, 1st Floor Apt($640).

Off Broad & Erie, near Temple Hospital.

Tenant must pay all monthly rent + gas + electric.

First month, last month & Security required.

Call Fred at 215-844-6592

Room for Rent

Looking  for roommate in mid-60's to share living space with person in 60's.

Must like peace & quiet.

For info call 215-840-3473

Our Daily Updates. July 23, 2015

“Racism Is A Sickness” Kicks Off At G-Town Radio on August 2, 2015 at 1pm

“Be a healing part of the conversation about race in America.”

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The Union Exclusion – Part 1

by Olivia Drake

What’s done in the Dark, always come to the Light. Let me, Olivia Drake, the modern day Spook Who Sat By the Door, who chronicled over 2 decades of my experience while working as a steamfitter in Steamfitters’ Local Union 420 (LU 42) light the lamp. In 36 years, I am the only Afro American woman to complete the Philadelphia apprenticeship program to become a certified steamfitter in accordance to the Department of Labor. What does it mean, not a damn thing?

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Lou’s Views

We welcome the inclusion of Lou Lanni as part of our regular commentary team with this issue.  Lou is a lifelong Philadelphia resident and currently in the real estate business.  Educated in Philadelphia Public Schools and Temple University, he served with the Philadelphia Police Department in challenging assignments and has an above average grasp of how this city operates, and who does the operating.  Informed and committed to better governance, we have heard from Lou in letters to the editor in the recent past and now welcome him on a regular basis.

JIm Foster

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