John Bell, co-creator of Philadelphia FIGHTs Teach Outside consumer education program for HIV+ people leaving prison or jail and long-time ACT UP member, passed away in September. A mentor and warrior, he will be missed.

Ed Shwartz, founder of the Institute for the Study of Civic Values and former city councilperson, passed at the end of November. Ed provided tremendous leadership to neighborhood community organizers and was passionate about social justice in Philadelphia.