We at Lower Moyamensing Civic Association mourn with our community over recent acts of racism and violence, particularly those that have claimed the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells, and others. We reject racism, police brutality, and vigilantism, all of which make our community unsafe.
In the face of these challenges, our civic association mission remains to improve the quality of life for all of our residents. To do this, we will strive to be a resource for the community. LoMo’s diversity is the cornerstone of what makes us a vibrant community in Philadelphia. However, these last few months have laid bare inequalities in our neighborhood and our country: The COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately affects Black, Latinx and Asian-American communities and essential workers, many of whom are people of color, women, and working class. We must continue to stand in solidarity with our Black neighbors, and work together to create a more just and equitable world.
Moving forward, what can we do as neighbors to support and uplift one another? We have been heartened by displays of community support, such as the work being done by SEAMAAC, Mutual Aid Philly, and individual neighbors and business owners who have stepped up to help each other, among many others. We encourage you to support local businesses within LoMo and across South Philly. We urge you to participate in the Census: it is crucial that we ensure all of Philadelphia receives enough federal funds to support everyone’s needs. If you are able, we hope you will donate your time and resources to support community relief efforts.
We also demand that those sworn to serve us are held accountable to this promise. This means investing in services that improve quality of life for all of our neighbors, such as education, libraries, parks and recreation, and public health – all of which face potential devastating cuts in the upcoming budget.
Finally, we welcome any of your suggestions for how we can help. Again, we want to be an accessible resource for the entire LoMo community. On behalf of Lower Moyamensing Civic Association Board of Directors: stay safe, stay well, stay in touch – we are here.
Organizations and resources benefitting the LoMo community:
- SEAMAAC: During the pandemic, SEAMAAC offers prepared meals Monday through Friday at both their office on Broad St, as well as Key School. They are always looking for volunteers at both of their locations.
- Redeemed for a Cause: In addition to their work helping victims of human trafficking, Redeemed for a Cause’s Community Cupboard food distribution site is open Tuesdays at 12 pm at 7th and Moyamensing. They are also home to LoMo’s first sharps and needle disposal box, thanks to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.
- Mutual Aid Philly: A group of neighbors in Center City and South Philly dedicated towards organizing during the pandemic and supporting the community through mutual aid: visit their site to offer resources or time, or request aid.
2 thoughts on “A Message to Our LoMo Community”
I just saw the report that the city intends to remove the Christopher Columbus Statue in Marconi plaza.
The Columbus statue is a source of pride for Italian Americans, and our culture and heritage.
As a proud Italian American, I am offended. The Frank Rizzo statue and mural was removed. This is further
discrimination against Italians.
May I ask what LoMo intends to do, about this hostile action against a Historic Italian area, in a park that is named for an Italian inventor?
Thank you George for reaching out.
The city is allowing input on the future of the statue. Submit your opinion before the July 21 deadline and share this link with your neighbors, friends and family. You may submit your opinion to https://form.jotform.com/phila gov/columbus-feedback
Members of the public will also be able to testify at an Art Commission meeting. That information hasn’t been announced yet.
Lower Moyamensing Civic Association is dismayed by recent clashes in the neighborhood, and we look forward to the upcoming decision that will consider all voices, in a process that is orderly and peaceful. Patti