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Reverse Philadelphia 's Mayor 2009 Budget Cuts Plan

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Philadelphian's we are face with at another budget CRISIS predicament in our city. Last week, Mayor Michael Nutter reverses his campaign candidacy promise of preserving Philadelphian ethics and socio-economic sustainability growth for the City of Brotherly Love constituents. His recent January 1, 2009 Budget cuts plan for severe funding reductions of a wide array of city services, including libraries, recreation centers, anti-violence and family support and youth prevention/development programs funded by the Dept. of Human Services outlines a more intensive involvement for more underlying systemic problems from public safety, poverty, unemployment, crime infested and issues afflicting our children/youth and neighboring urban communities to come. We as voters need to express our outrage about this budget cut decision collectively through written (petition) and verbal expression (calls) to Mayor Michael Nutter and City Council Members, City of Philadelphia Dept, Human Service Officials. And encourage changes that will empower them to make decisions that lead to safety, stability and well being for all Philadelphia residents.


On Thursday, November 20th, at 11 am many leaders of DHS-funded programs who were affected by the Mayor decision to cut/terminate their funding by January 1, 2009 will meet next week at the Byron Story Youth Restoration Center at 1525 Ridge Avenue in North Philadelphia to plan an advocacy campaign to combat the cuts. This effort, led by Juanita Story-Jones, an antiviolence advocate whose son was murdered six years ago, is organizing to encourage the Mayor to avoid closing programs in the middle of the school year and highlight the loss of the additional $18 million in state funding, which was not reported in t he budget cut outlines. Story-Jones noted that over hundreds full-time workers will lose their jobs as a result of the city cuts. She is convening this meeting with other youth agencies, parents, students, residents, community leaders, neighborhood and youth. For more information, call 215-769-8544 or email infor@byronstoryfnd.com email here.
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