“I have a neighbor who couldn’t eat for four days” after the election.
Like many folks, Raab has turned to activism — joining last January’s Women’s March in Center City and giving away what she called “tons of money” to groups like the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.
There are no sooty coal mines underneath the steep, foliage-shrouded streets of Mount Airy, no Formica-wrapped diner where men in flannel shirts and steel-toed boots load up on painfully bitter coffee and heaping platters of cholesterol while dissecting last night’s No, life on these blocks centers around a joint on Carpenter Lane called Weavers Way, the venerable corner food co-op that launched in the twilight of the hippie era in 1972, where today senior citizens and young social workers wander down from rambling old-stone houses with their reusable canvas bags to load up on bulk spices, home-baked muffins, or maybe a treat like pumpkin gingersnap ice cream.
It’s the kind of place where the regulars pause on the front steps to check out ads for dog walkers or fiddle lessons, then trade friendly banter with familiar neighbors in the narrow aisles.
Inside a popular Mount Airy coffee and crepe spot, the High Point Cafe, activist and social entrepreneur Paul Glover — who ran for Pennsylvania governor as Green Party candidate in 2014 — sits with a raft of papers about his new idea for health co-ops sprawled across a table.
Prior to coming to Philadelphia, he worked at New York Newsday, where he was part of a team that won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for spot news reporting.
So I took it upon myself — to make a savage journey into the heart of Anti-Trump Country.
In Philadelphia’s 22nd Ward, which covers Germantown and parts of Mount Airy, Clinton got 12,050 votes in 2016, and Trump received a mere 342 — and I did not run across any of those lonely 342 during my reporting.
“We’re aware that we have more power locally, and that there’s a lot of chaos and cacophony in Washington that’s important to have a pulse on — but that our power …
is really in holding our local politicians accountable,” said Butler.