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Philadelphia is the poorest big city in America, with nearly a quarter of its citizens living below the federal poverty line and more than one in 10 Philadelphians in deep poverty. About 47 percent of residents are renters, with 54 percent paying at least 30 percent of their income in rent.
The 19th spoke with the former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate during Black Maternal Health Week about issues including maternal mortality, pay equity, benefits for low-wage workers and how the pandemic could impact the 2020 election.
The Rev. Leslie Callahan, the first female pastor of St. Paul’s Baptist Church, tends to her flock and her family. “I feel like, as a Black woman, we just do what we’ve got to do,” Callahan said. “Who has time to think about how I feel about this?”
A Q&A with Ai-jen Poo, the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.