PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Neighbors from the Harrowgate community of Northeast Philadelphia, along with councilmembers and Philadelphia police, came out in support of a local activist who was recently the target of an alleged arson attempt.
"I think the message here today is how outraged everyone is here in Philadelphia when there's a targeted attack on a community leader," said Councilmember Mark Squilla. He was one of many officials, neighbors and friends who stood in solidarity with Sonja Bingham.
She is a block captain along Jasper Street and a member of the Harrowgate Civic Association who is known for her community activism. She has led the fight against drugs, orgainzed street cleanups and led efforts to help the city resolve the decades-long housing and overdose crises in nearby Kensington.