The Stadium Stompers, NAACP, and the Black Clergy of Philadelphia held a press conference Tuesday morning in protest of Temple’s proposed multi-purpose facility. The conference was held on the corner of 15th and Norris Streets next to Geasey Field, which is the proposed site of the facility.
Representatives that spoke feel that the project will be disruptive to the daily lives and comfort of the nearby North Philadelphia community. Residents fear that the construction process will cause massive obstacles to their daily lives by blocking off 15th street, and that the stadium will bring an excess of activity, traffic, partying, and other disturbances to their doorsteps.
Representatives also expressed their anger in the lack of communication and cooperation between Temple administration and the surrounding community, criticizing the University for claiming to invite open discussion and viewpoints on the project.
President of the Black Clergy and Vicinity and Pastor of Mt. Pisgah AME Church Reverend Jay Broadnax stated that, “We stand here because of what it says about the disempowerment of our people in these communities and the lack of inclusion.”
The Stadium Stompers will hold a town hall meeting on Thursday, March 1st at 6PM. It will be held at Carver Engineering and Science High School to achieve open discussion with the community and Temple on the issue.