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File #: 210840    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 10/14/2021 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 10/21/2021
Title: Calling on the City of Philadelphia to issue a reward for information leading to an arrest in the arson case which victimized Sonja Bingham, an outspoken anti-drug and anti-violence block captain in the Harrowgate section of Northeast Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Gauthier
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 21084000, 2. Signature21084000

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Calling on the City of Philadelphia to issue a reward for information leading to an arrest in the arson case which victimized Sonja Bingham, an outspoken anti-drug and anti-violence block captain in the Harrowgate section of Northeast Philadelphia.

 

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WHEREAS, Sonja Bingham is an anti-drug and anti-violence advocate residing in the Harrowgate section of Philadelphia; and

 

WHEREAS, Bingham’s neighborhood has been plagued by the proliferation of crime and open-air drug dealing; and

 

WHEREAS, As a community block captain, Bingham has openly opposed and confronted suspected drug dealers operating on her street; and

 

WHEREAS, On Wednesday, September 22, Bingham’s home was the target of a firebomb attack; and

 

WHEREAS, The arsonist was seen on camera fleeing the scene of what Bingham and local police believe was a retaliatory attack for her outspoken interference in the local drug trade; and

 

WHEREAS, Bingham was left shaken but undeterred, telling the local press, “They don’t want the neighborhood to be wonderful and to become a place of pride for the residents. But we’re not gonna stop”; and 

 

WHEREAS, We must send a clear message that drug dealers will not overtake our streets, and that residents like Sonja Bingham who stand up for their community will have the full support of local law enforcement and City leaders alike; and  

 

WHEREAS, The arsonist and any co-conspirators must be brought to justice; the City should extend a reward of at least $20,000 for information leading to their arrest; now, therefore, be it

 

RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, That it herby calls on the City of Philadelphia to issue a reward for information leading to an arrest in the arson case which victimized Sonja Bingham, an outspoken anti-drug and anti-violence block captain in the Harrowgate section of Northeast Philadelphia.

 

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