Proposed Anti-Squatting Bill Will Have Unintended Consequences

Philadelphia City Council has recently introduced two proposals to address the problem of trespassing into residential properties – a practice often described as “squatting.” As long-standing advocates for homeowners and tenants, we and Community Legal Services value the importance of preserving property rights, as well as protecting legitimate occupants from illegal lock outs and other illegal eviction practices.

Windows and Doors Ordinance Important to Fight on Blight in Philadelphia

Community groups fighting to revitalize their communities from the blighting effect of boarded up and uncared for buildings lost an important tool when first a Philadelphia court and then the Commonwealth Court struck down a City ordinance requiring operable doors and windows on vacant buildings.

Request for Proposals: Grounded in Philly Improvements

The Public Interest Law Center is seeking proposals for improvements.

Civil Rights Commission Urged to Review EPA’s Title VI Enforcement

In August 2017 we signed onto a letter to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights asking the Commission to follow up on its 2016 report: Environmental Justice: Examining the Environmental Protection Agency’s Compliance and Enforcement of Title VI and Executive Order 12898 (EJ Report).

Law Center Joins Brief in Historic Clean Water Case

The Law Center joined a group of nearly 100 non-profit organizations, small business owners and elected officials in submitting an amicus brief supporting the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA-DEP) in a historic clean water case.

A Letter About Proposed Budget Cuts to the EPA

The Law Center signed on to a joint letter from the Environmental Justice Community and its supporters to Administrator Scott Pruitt regarding the proposed budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Law Center Signs Letter About Executive Order on Regulations

The Law Center signed a letter along with 122 other organizations to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on the interim guidance implementing Section 2 of President Trump’s January 20, 2017 executive order, “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs.”

Critical Steps to Strengthen EPA’s Title VI Compliance and Enforcement Program

We signed on to a letter and stand proudly behind Marianne Engelman, senior staff attorney of Earthjustice, who composed a letter to EPA Chief of Staff Matt Fritz and Office of Civil Rights Acting Director Lilian Dorkain in support of reforming and building upon the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Title VI compliance and enforcement program.

One Art – Music, Art, Healing, Sustainable Urban Design: A True Community Collaboration

One Art Community Center (formerly Wall St. International) looks like a store-front on 52nd street near Lancaster Ave. However, if you’ve ever gone to an event there, once you walk through the wrought-iron front gate and the adjacent doors, you realize you just stepped into an oasis in the middle of the city. The doors open up to a courtyard of bustling activity with musicians playing and singing on a concert-sized stage, children running between their parents and the sand pit off to the back.

The Benefit of Surveys in Preserving Urban Gardening

The Grist’s Christopher Weber explains how garden counting plays a crucial role in advocacy. Showing the number of gardens in cities has proven to be one tool in highlighting the benefits and positive impact of urban agriculture on communities.