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The Best Thing That Happened This Week: Hooray for Lawyers!

We know, we know; we hate lawyers as much as the next guy. Maybe more so — we have some in our family. But we […]

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In Praise of the City Government About-Face

Lately, lots of politicians have been changing their minds. Take Jim Kenney: In the last month and a half alone, the Mayor has pivoted from […]

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Citizens of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania, Push Your Leaders to Get Election Day Right

The past four months have presented us with a series of careening crises. Another potential crisis looms large, but we know this one’s coming, and […]

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I’m Done Reasoning With COVID Safety Violators Who Have a Death Wish

Over the weekend, I didn’t celebrate America’s birthday, but that of my best friend. Five friends and I dared to do something we hadn’t done […]

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Karens Are Dangerous. We Need to Cancel Karen Culture Now

Because hell hath no fury like a mildly inconvenienced middle-aged Caucasian lady, the Internet gave this genus of white privilege a name: Karen. In Internet […]

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Yesterday’s Police Press Conference Wasn’t Accountability. It Was Crisis P.R.

When the Philadelphia Police Department tear-gassed protesters on the I-676 highway on June 1st, the third day of demonstrations in Philadelphia over the death of […]

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Mayor Jim Kenney Should Resign After the City’s Gross Violation of Civil Rights

On a sunny Monday afternoon, a group of diverse, peaceful protesters is marching together, demanding justice for Black lives. They engage in collective chants, hold […]

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Kenney Said Vigilantism “Will Not Be Tolerated.” So Why Is He Still Tolerating It?

As I scrolled through videos on Tuesday of indignant white men wielding weapons at Marconi Plaza in South Philadelphia, I recalled something Mayor Jim Kenney […]

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Dear COVID Quitters, We Couldn’t Have Gotten This So Wrong Without You

Here’s to the COVID quitters, who have grown bored with this lethal pandemic, who are done with Netflix binging, mac ’n’ cheese and Zoom sex, […]

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Yes, Defund the Police, But Here Are More Ways to Abolish Cop Culture

At this point, “defund the police” has become a household term as conversations about fighting against racial injustice have advanced. The details and meanings of […]

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White People, Please Stop Declaring Yourself Allies

There is no other way to put this than bluntly: Racism is a white person’s problem to solve. While racism harms Black and brown people […]

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Michael Nutter’s Powerful Response to the Police Killings of Black Americans

When, America, when? When, America, will you get tired of kneeling on the necks of the Black people you captured and brought here for your […]

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White People, I Still Don’t Believe You

“This shit reminds me of KONY 2012,” one of my friends told me over the phone when describing the latest rise in white people protesting against […]

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You Can Be Supportive of the Rioters and Angry With the Looters at the Same Time

“A riot is the voice of the unheard.” Most of you have probably heard this lesser-known Martin Luther King quote by now; the riots in […]

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Mayor Kenney, Tear Down the Rizzo Statue Right Now

As a black woman living in America, I know what it feels like to be gaslit. I felt the twinge of psychological manipulation when Amy […]