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PRWCAN keeps Port Richmond informed

Port Rich­mond West Com­munity Ac­tion Net­work filled meet­ing at­tendees in on the new Voter ID law and oth­er is­sues of note.

Port Rich­mond West Com­munity Ac­tion Net­work fa­cil­it­at­or Mi­chael Black­ie said he hopes to see PRW­CAN be­come the most re­cog­nized and act­ive com­munity group in Port Rich­mond.

And with rep­res­ent­at­ives in at­tend­ance from the Phil­adelphia City Com­mis­sion­ers of­fice, the “gov­ern­ment watch­dog” group Com­mit­tee of Sev­enty, and the edu­ca­tion man­age­ment or­gan­iz­a­tion Amer­ic­an Paradigm Schools, last week’s PRW­CAN meet­ing provided some pretty power­ful in­form­a­tion.

The monthly meet­ing was held last Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Mem­ph­is Street Academy Charter School at 2950 Mem­ph­is St.

The school was formerly John Paul Jones Middle School, be­fore Amer­ic­an Paradigm Schools took over.

Those in at­tend­ance dis­cussed the pos­it­ive changes they’ve seen since school began two weeks ago.

“Kids are talk­ing about their teach­ers in a pos­it­ive way,” Black­ie said. He is a mem­ber of the School Ad­vis­ory Com­mit­tee.

Also at the meet­ing were Port Rich­mond neigh­bors, block cap­tain Sandi De­lusant, An­gela Taurino, a rep­res­ent­at­ive of fel­low com­munity group New Kens­ing­ton Com­munity De­vel­op­ment Cor­por­a­tion, pres­id­ent of the Port Rich­mond Town Watch Mary­ann Trombetta and crew­mem­bers from Kens­ing­ton Com­munity Tele­vi­sion.

First to speak was Tracey Gor­don from the City Com­mis­sion­ers of­fice. She dis­cussed with at­tendees the con­tro­ver­sial Voter ID law and the im­port­ance of vot­ing.

“We really need people to vote twice a year, every year,” she said.

“Your vote is your voice,” Black­ie ad­ded.

She provided two web­sites, www.cani­vote.org, where people can check to see if they are re­gistered to vote, and www.sev­enty.org, the Com­mit­tee of Sev­enty web­site. She also said to vis­it www.votespa.com to be­come fa­mil­i­ar with poll work­ers’ guidelines and oth­er vot­ing in­form­a­tion.

Luke McKin­stry of the Com­mit­tee of Sev­enty ad­dressed at­tendees and provided ad­di­tion­al voter in­form­a­tion and re­it­er­ated the im­port­ance of vot­ing and vis­it­ing the com­mit­tee’s web page.

Though the Voter ID law is con­tro­ver­sial, Gor­don said, it’s im­port­ant be­cause it’s mak­ing people talk about the im­port­ance of vot­ing.

Ac­cept­able IDs that will be re­quired on Elec­tion Day are a Pennsylvania driver’s li­cense or non-driver’s li­cense photo ID, a val­id U.S. pass­port, a U.S. mil­it­ary ID, an em­ploy­ee photo ID, photo IDs from in­sti­tu­tions of high­er learn­ing, or photo ID cards is­sued by a state care fa­cil­ity.

Gor­don said pro­vi­sion­al bal­lot would also be avail­able to those who don’t have ac­cept­able ID lis­ted above. She said free trans­port­a­tion is also avail­able for seni­ors to get a photo ID for vot­ing. The trans­port­a­tion will bring in­di­vidu­als to PennDot cen­ters throughout the state. To ar­range an ap­point­ment, call 215-464-7775.

Black­ie said most PRW­CAN meet­ings will be held on the third Wed­nes­day of each month go­ing for­ward, and en­cour­aged res­id­ents to spread the word about the group and the meet­ing.

“Tell five people to tell five people,” he said.

Check out PRW­CAN on Face­book at face­book.com/prw­can and on twit­ter at twit­ter.com/prw­can.

Man­aging Ed­it­or Mi­kala Jam­is­on can be reached at 215-354-3113 or at mjam­is­on@bsmphilly.com.

You can reach at mjamison@bsmphilly.com.

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