Regional Roundup – 9/13/21

Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson on grants going to community organizations throughout Philadelphia to help combat gun violence. And, the Fringe Festival turns 25.

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Neighbors in the Crossfire

Council person Kenyatta Johnson led a protest chant, “don’t shoot, I want to live” as residents fed up with gun violence marched through South Philadelphia. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Today on Radio Times, we’re joined by Philadelphia Councilmember KENYATTA JOHNSON and ERICA ATWOOD, Senior Director for the Office of Policy and Strategic Initiatives for Criminal Justice and Public Safety, to discuss the upcoming deadline for grants that support community organizations preventing gun violence in the city’s most vulnerable neighborhoods. Then, the Pennsylvania Senate is taking one step towards financial transparency by allowing voters to access spending information online, but is it enough? We’re joined by Spotlight PA reporters SAM JANESCH and ANGELA COULOUMBIS to talk about the importance of knowing where elected officials spend taxpayer dollars. Finally, we talk with Philly Fringe Festival founding director NICK STUCCIO as the show approaches its 25thanniversary.

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