During the summer, the hotline was activated for three incidents two shootings which sparked tension between black and Korean residents in West Philadelphia, and the Sean Daily trial, which prompted white-Hispanic tensions. The hotline, started in 1970, is run by the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, which opens the hotline when the office receives increasing volumes of calls aobut an incident. Joe Farley, one of the staff members, said the hotline is activated after there is an incident with racial overtones which may "create violence in the community." Staff members are supplied with information about the incident from the community, city police, and various media. If the information is not available, staff members take the caller's telephone number and return the call. The hotline number is 686-6363. It is currently not in use. Heidi GleitComments powered by Disqus
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