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The Berks Mothers’ Christmas Wish: Their Families’ Freedom

The children wrote to Santa Claus. Their mothers wrote to Gov. Tom Wolf and Ted Dallas (Pennsylvania’s secretary of Human Services). Both sets of letters […]

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Let’s Celebrate Latinx Achievement in Philly

I spend a lot of time writing and thinking (and worrying) about the challenges that Latinxs face in our city. There are lots of those: […]

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Trump’s Election Was a Bomb Dropped on a Calm Neighborhood

Almost exactly ten years after my family had left Guatemala — a country mired in a horrifically violent and bloody 36-year undeclared war waged by […]

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Pa. Senators: Defend American Greatness By Rejecting These Two Trump Picks

Dear Senators Toomey and Casey, We’ve got to talk — youngish Baby Boomer to youngish Baby Boomer, Catholic to Catholic, Pennsylvania voter to Pennsylvania legislators. […]

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After Trump Win, Undocumented Father Seeks Sanctuary in Philly Church

You can trace the tradition of churches offering physical sanctuary to those who sought it back to the early Christian Church in Rome. In England, […]

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The “Stark” Political Calculus for Philadelphia Latinos

It was supposed to be the election where Latinos flexed our muscle – after all, Donald Trump started taking potshots at us from the day […]

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This Anti-Immigration Bill Has Stalled In Harrisburg — And It Should Stay Stalled

Philly Republican state Rep. Martina White’s controversial HB 1885 bill, which would penalize and make liable municipalities with sanctuary city protections in place for undocumented residents, did […]

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OPINION: With All Due Respect, Archbishop, We Must Call Trump a Bigot

As a Philly Catholic, I read every one of Archbishop Charles Chaput’s weekly columns. I don’t do so in order to take issue with what […]

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Creepy Clowns Don’t Stand a Chance Around Here

It seems the creepy clowns that first made their appearance months ago, trying to lure innocent passersby into the woods, have crossed the Mason-Dixon line […]

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Right Now, Philly Politics Is Even More Disheartening Than Usual for Latinxs

It’s a really hard time to be a Latina and a local politics wonk. Leslie Acosta — one of two Latino state lawmakers from Philly, and the […]

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OPINION: Latinos Are Not Happy With the Philly FOP’s Trump Endorsement

When the national Fraternal Order of Police endorsed Donald Trump for president, the Philadelphia FOP was bound to follow. That is how FOP Lodge #5 […]

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What the Unity Cup Says About Philly Is Pretty Great

At its most basic, soccer doesn’t require much: A ball, something to mark the goal area, people to play with. I’ve seen rags artfully wound […]

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OPINION: Why Donald Trump Keeps Coming to Philly

In what is becoming something of a tradition, the night before a Donald Trump Philly visit, something media-memorable happens. Last week it was Marco Gutierrez, […]

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Detaining Asylum-Seekers in Berks Is a Tragedy; Detaining Their Children Is Immoral

I’ve been reading and rereading Warsan Shire’s poetry lately. The Somali-British poet was launched to a level of fame poets rarely achieve when Beyoncé extensively […]

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Did D.A.’s Office Refuse to Charge Alleged Sexual Assaulter Because He Was Drunk?

Gwen Snyder did exactly what the District Attorney Seth Williams‘ Office says on its website a victim of sexual assault should do: She called the Philadelphia Police […]