EPA Cuts Could Make the Delaware Goop Again

Preserving the environment so it remains sustainable for future generations? For the birds! So says the administration of Donald Trump, whom you’ll no doubt remember famously tweeted: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive,” and later: “It’s really cold outside, they are calling it a major freeze, weeks ahead of normal. Man, we could use a big fat dose of global warming!” Read more »

OPINION: “Stronger Together” Is Keeping Us Apart

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Protesters in Philadelphia in January | Photo: Dan McQuade

If you give a damn about social justice issues in 2017, you most certainly have heard the phrase “stronger together.” And, most likely, your first thought was “Ah, of course, we must all come together to defeat racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, classism, and more.”

The slogan of the failed Hillary Clinton campaign has now become the battle cry of progressives still trying to resist a Trump presidency. The narrative surrounding this popular message suggests that we all individually have battles to fight, but if we come together as one, we will be more effective in winning them. Read more »

How Donald Trump Could Bankrupt the Jersey Shore

What’s The Donald been up to down there in Washington these days? Conspiring to practically destroy the Jersey Shore’s seasonal workforce, apparently.

A Wall Street Journal report on Sunday detailed Trump’s plans to drastically reduce five employment-based cultural exchange visas part of the United States’ J-1 visa program for international students. The J-1 program gives university students overseas the ability to come work in the United States and learn more about our culture and business practices. It’s a diplomacy sort of thing. Read more »

Eagles Chris Long, Malcolm Jenkins Speak Out on Charlottesville

Photo of Chris Long (left) by Kiel Leggere. Photo of Malcolm Jenkins by Jeff Fusco.

By now I assume we’re all aware of the pure evil that came out of the shadows and reared its ugly head in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. If not, here’s a good retrospective of the reprehensible – and utterly pathetic – Nazi/KKK rally that very predictably escalated into a violent affair on Saturday, leaving a 32-year-old woman dead and at least 34 injured in its wake. Read more »

OPINION: Now Isn’t the Time for Marginalized People to Compromise

Protest outside ICandy nightclub on September 29, 2016. Photo by Ernest Owens.

This week has shown marginalized communities that our adversaries are still alive and well. On Wednesday, President Trump announced plans to ban transgender individuals from serving in the military. As most of the LGBTQ community looked at this as another of his assaults on our rights, one member of the community seemed startled.

Caitlyn Jenner, the famed transgender advocate who often bragged about having the ear of the Trump administration on LGBTQ issues, publicly tweeted Trump her newfound dismay: Read more »

Reebok Responds to Trump’s Comment on Brigitte Macron’s Body With Hilarious (and Accurate) Flowchart

We’re sure you’ve heard: Last week President Trump, upon greeting French President Emmanuel Macron’s wife, Brigitte Macron, said to her, “You’re in such good shape.” And then the Internet exploded. Because … cringe.

We’ve talked about it before — how commenting on someone else’s body isn’t really your place. But Reebok, in response to Trump’s comment, has done us one better: They’ve created a flowchart that they posted to their Twitter account depicting when it’s appropriate to say to someone, “You’re in such good shape … beautiful.” The only time? When you’ve discovered a “forgotten action figure from your youth, unscathed after decades in your parents’ basement.”

Well done, Reebok. Well done. You can see the full chart below.

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Is This a Pro-Trump Toynbee Tile In Philly?

The tile in question, at the intersection of Broad and Arch streets in Philadelphia. | Photo by Zach Kocis

On Tuesday morning, a photo began making the rounds on Facebook — well, in Philly Facebook anyway — showing what appeared to be one of those weird and sorta legendary Toynbee tiles, bearing a message that some think might be pro-Trump. Read more »

Penn Grad Students Race to Unionize

GET-UP members rally on Penn’s campus on May 9th. Photo courtesy of GET-UP

Graduate teaching and research assistants attempting to organize a labor union at the University of Pennsylvania filed a petition for a recognition election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on May 30th, hoping that the vote can be completed and certified before President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans can reverse a less-than-a-year-old ruling that granted them the right to do so. Read more »

What Philly’s Congress Members Think of Trump’s Climate Deal Exit

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President Donald Trump speaks at Mar-a-Lago, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump has announced that the U.S. will leave the Paris climate agreement.

Environmentalists, globalists, political and business leaders and some of Trump’s advisers have condemned his decision to leave the climate deal, which unites 192 countries that pledge to pursue aggressive and progressive plans to fight climate change. On the other hand, the exit comes as a relief for White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon and the Republican senators who called on Trump to do so. Read more »

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