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City Life

Want to Reduce Political Corruption in Philly? End Councilmanic Prerogative Now.

The rule of law is to presume those who are criminally indicted innocent until proven guilty. Such a presumption should absolutely be extended to City […]

City Life

It’s Totally Human to Mourn Complicated Figures Like Kobe Bryant

Sunday didn’t feel the same after news broke that a hometown hero was here no more. NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, 41, died in a tragic […]

City Life

Black People Have Spent Centuries in “Service.” They Should Take Off on MLK Day.

Next Monday will mark the 25th anniversary of the hijacking of the hard-won federal holiday commemorating the birth of civil rights leader Martin Luther King […]

City Life

Stop Telling Black People the Mummers Parade Is Racist. Do Something About It.

Conversations surrounding blackface and the Mummers should feel like déjà vu to everyone by now. Last year, there was much outrage after the Mayor’s Office […]

frank rizzo statue
City Life

Can Somebody Just Open a Frank Rizzo Museum Already and Stick the Statue There?

Over the weekend, the controversial Frank Rizzo statue in Center City was vandalized. Again. Yes, somebody wrote the word “fascist” on the bronze effigy, which […]

City Life

Philly Dems Should Take Note of the GOP’s Bold Choice for Party Leader

If you overheard the following remarks, you’d probably assume you were at a progressive political gathering: “We’re bringing in the kind of leadership we need […]

comcast lawsuit
City Life

Win or Lose, Comcast Is on the Wrong Side of History in Supreme Court Case

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a $20 billion lawsuit filed against Comcast by Byron Allen, a Black former comedian turned entertainment […]

City Life

What the Working Families Party’s Historic Win Means for Philly Politics

Tuesday’s election taught us one major thing: The major-party machine has been warned. For the first time in decades, there will be only one Republican […]

City Life

I’m a Democratic Ward Leader. Here’s Why I’m Voting for Kendra Brooks and Nicolas O’Rourke.

I have served as the elected Democratic leader of the 2nd Ward, in South Philadelphia, since June 2018. I got involved in local politics because […]

philadelphia primary election
City Life

By Endorsing Third-Party Candidates, Philly Democrats Have Lit a Fuse Under Their Own House

Next Tuesday’s general election in Philly is shaping up to be an epic showdown between Democrats and … Democrats. They say a house divided cannot […]

City Life

The Best Thing This Week: Finally, a Fresh Reason to Oppose Gun Violence!

We continue to be astonished at this country’s slavish adoration of the ethically (and soon, pray God, actually) bankrupt NRA and firepower in general. No other nation […]

City Life

No Matter How Many Games It Wins, Temple Shouldn’t Build a Football Stadium

Last year, Philadelphia magazine asked: “Has Temple University Lost Its Way?” As a faculty member and a union official at the university, I worry the […]

City Life

Temple Students, Let That HBCU Comparison Die

There’s been an ongoing claim among some Black students at Temple University that their campus life mirrors that at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). […]

safe injection sites, opioids, opioid crisis, overdose epidemic
City Life

Progressives, Your Support for Safe Injection Sites Is “White Lives Matter” by Another Name

Last week, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that a proposal from Safehouse, a nonprofit advocating to open a privately funded safe injection site in […]

City Life

Working Families Party Candidates For City Council Deserve To Lose On Principle

We’re roughly one month away from the general election, and I can’t wait for it to be over. Not because I don’t value the democratic […]