On Politics In Focus, PHL17’s longstanding community affairs program airing Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 6:30 a.m. and Sunday, February 5, 2023 at 1 p.m. with Jennifer Lewis-Hall – we start with gridlock in Harrisburg. We’ve been reporting on how lawmakers can’t agree on how to start the new session. So, they simply haven’t been in session at all. As Harrisburg correspondent Dennis Owens reports that’s costing all of us.

Then, powerful voices with an important message. We hear about an antiviolence initiative striking a high note to combat gun violence. It’s a hip hop symphony ensemble raising money for the Chew and Chelton Community Development Corporation. The upcoming event – “Yo! Put The Gun Down,” is happening in March at LaSalle University.  Douglass Rucker, co-creator of the project and the Executive Director of the Chew and Chelten CDC joins us as well as Terell Elias a rap artist who is featured in the show.

Up Next, February 1st is the 37th annual National Girls and Women In Sports Day. The Philadelphia Eagles are preparing for the Super Bowl in Phoenix while their community initiatives continue in the Philadelphia area. This weekend Jen Kavanagh, Senior Vice President of Media and Marketing explains how the Eagles organization is helping girls get on the field to play flag football by providing equipment and essentials. The organization says it will give out thousands of sports bras in a program for girls in Philadelphia.

In our final segment of Politics In Focus – February is Heart Month and a time to raise awareness about cardiovascular health. Experts say every 34 seconds someone in the United States dies of a heart attack. A heart disease survivor and a cardiologist from Main Line Health who is also a board member with the American Heart Association in Philadelphia join Jennifer with a compelling story and very important warning signs you need to know.

Politics In Focus airs Saturdays at 6:30 a.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. on PHL 17. It’s where you’ll find key information on political races and stories as well as issues impacting the community and hear from people throughout the Delaware Valley.