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Never Giving Up

Sen. FarneseI learned long ago that life is about never giving up on something you believe in and feel is worth the fight.  My SLAPP legislation is at the top of the list of things worth the fight.  After passing the Senate last session but stalling in the House, we’re back at it again. 

I was pleased to once again see the bill reported out of committee and sent to the full Senate for consideration.

As you’ve heard me talk about in the past, Lawsuits Against Public Participation, or SLAPPs, are lawsuits filed against a person or organization for statements made or positions taken in connection with a matter of public interest or regulation.

Despite the legal theories supporting the suit, the true purpose of a SLAPP is to deter or silence critics by burdening them with the costs of a legal defense. Defendants and others are deterred from engaging in open debate about public issues for fear that they could face one of these suits and end up paying attorney’s fees and expending significant time and resources to defend against a meritless suit.

Community organizations all across Pa are being affected by these frivolous suits.  Matter of fact, it happened right here in the first district.  The Old City Civic Association, a 40-year-running community organization, was forced to shut its doors due to its inability to obtain insurance because of several SLAPP lawsuits.

My goal is to give individuals and organizations the tools to fight back against these suits and continue their good work. We’ll keep up the fight until everyone and their good works are protected.

Welcoming Seniors

senior expoOur annual Senior Expo will soon be here.  I always look forward to this event each year.  It’s a time when I can spend the morning with local residents, thank them for the contributions they make to our community and reconnect with life-long friends. As always, we’ll have information and representatives available from government agencies, local programs and community services.

Join us for the expo:

April 13, 2017
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
South Philadelphia High School
2101 South Broad Street

Springtime in the City

There is always so much to see and do in Philadelphia.  No matter what you’re looking for, you’re sure to find an exhibit to see, museum to tour to somewhere new to explore with friends and family.  Check out the list of things to do and then if you go, send us your pictures and we’ll feature them in our next newsletter. We love to showcase the families and faces that make this city such a great place to live!

Robot Revolution at The Franklin Institute 


robotThink you could beat a robot in a game of tic-tac-toe? Put your skills to the test at Robot Revolution at The Franklin Institute that features a collection of robots gathered from around the world. Supported by and The Boeing Company, the interactive display explores how these fascinating machines can change how we live, work and play. Feel a therapeutic baby seal robot react to your touch, watch soccer-playing 'bots in action and more.

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Dawoud Bey: Harlem, U.S.A. and Shawn Theodore: Church of Broken Pieces at The African American Museum in Philadelphia


African-American photographer Dawoud Bey takes visitors at The African American Museum in Philadelphia on a photographic journey through the history-rich neighborhood of Harlem via 25 black-and-white photographs that showcase the diversity of the neighborhood and the residents within it. Shawn Theodore: Church of Broken Pieces, another photography exhibition at the museum, creates a narrative using portraits and street photography to tell the story of a contemporary black America in flux. Looking at the successes gained, Theodore seeks to visually show the power of the African-American community. 

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World War I and American Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts


Dominated by John Singer Sargent’s seminal work Gassed (above), the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ World War I and American Art is the first major museum exhibition to revisit the unprecedented global event through the eyes of more than 80 U.S. artists. More than 150 works by Georgia O’Keeffe, Horace Pippin, Man Ray and others reflect on the violence and impact of this major world war. 

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The Franklin InstituteJurassic World: The Exhibition at The Franklin Institute


The prehistoric denizens of Isla Nublar come roaring into The Franklin Institute with the North American premiere of the 15,000-square-foot exhibition Jurassic World. Fans of the Jurassic Park movie series can explore the mysterious island and come face-to-face with animatronic versions of the 25-foot-long Brachiosaurus, 24-foot tall T. Rex, Stegosaurus and other lumbering beasts. While the movies are fiction, the exhibition is based on true science. 

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Waging Peace: 100 Years of Action at the African American Museum in Philadelphia 


Taking a look at the effectiveness of nonviolence in the fight against injustice, Waging Peace: 100 Years of Action at The African American Museum In Philadelphia touches upon issues ranging from building peace to ending discrimination to addressing prison systems, immigrant rights and beyond. The display concludes with a call-to-action section, designed to inspire visitors to engage in justice work. 

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XOXO: With Love, Norman Rockwell at Philadelphia History Museum   


The Saturday Evening Post was one of the most successful mass circulation magazines in the U.S., and it was Norman Rockwell who illustrated more than 300 of its covers. In XOXO: With Love, Norman Rockwell at the Philadelphia History Museum, 42 of Rockwell's illustrations are on display that explore the themes of love and courtship. Adding to the exhibition, visitors are invited to enter a “Cover Contest” by taking their photo with a loved-one in front of a reinterpreted life-size Post cover.  

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American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent at the Philadelphia Museum of Art 

THROUGH MAY 14, 2017

American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent at the Philadelphia Museum of Art charts the rise and evolution of watercolor in America from 1860 (when it was thought of as the domain of "amateurs, women, and commercial artists") to 1925, at which point it had become a truly American art form. The exhibition focuses on the works of Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent, two of the most influential U.S. watercolor artists.

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Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flanerie at the Barnes Foundation

THROUGH MAY 22, 2017

A collection from 40 international artists comes together in Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flanerie at the Barnes Foundation, examining works from those who take to the street to address contentious issues of all sorts. From guerilla campaigns plastered on every street corner to provocatively dressed artists making public spectacles of themselves, view how art has been used to expose everything from gentrification and gender politics to racism and homelessness. 

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XOXO: With Love, Norman Rockwell at Philadelphia History Museum  Jurassic World: The Exhibition at The Franklin Institute Robot Revolution at The Franklin Institute