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Helen Gym and Kenyatta Johnson, Grandstand Less and Legislate More

Having grown up in the South, I’ve never forgotten a piece of wisdom from my elders: “Know your role, play your part.” In a democracy, […]

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White South Jersey Cop Charged After Pepper Spraying Black Teen Who Was Just Sitting on a Stoop

UPDATE 1/14/2021: Ryan Dubiel has pleaded guilty to simple assault. He has been banned from holding any public job in the state of New Jersey. […]

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Helen Gym Is the Most Popular Politician in Philadelphia

The day I spent with Helen Gym was the day after the New York Times endorsed two women, a moderate Democrat and a progressive, in […]

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All the Drama Over the 10-Year Tax Abatement Bill, Explained

Ah, the holidays: that ever-so-busy time when we’re tasked with reflecting on the end of the year while rushing through our gift shopping, party planning […]

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Helen Gym Wants the City to Publicly Disclose All Lawsuit Settlements

Philly taxpayers pitched in a whopping $48 million to settle legal disputes against the city in the 2019 fiscal year, according to Councilmember Helen Gym’s office. The claims encompassed sidewalk […]

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If You Think Helen Gym Is “Philly’s AOC,” You’d Better Look Up “Progressive” Again

It didn’t take much for me to swear at my computer on Tuesday morning when I read the Philadelphia Inquirer feature story that frames City […]

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By All Means, Philly, #MuteRKelly — but #EvictJewellWilliams Too

It’s always great when local elected officials can take on a national issue in a huge way — but it’s even better when they can […]

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City Council Passes “Fair Workweek,” $15-an-Hour Minimum Wage Bills

City Council passed two significant bills for workers in Philadelphia on Thursday. The first, the so-called “Fair Workweek” bill, will help create more predictable schedules for employees […]

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Helen Gym on Championing Philly Public Schools and What’s Next

The Rundown Age: 50 CV, abridged: Philly’s first Asian-American City Councilwoman (2016-present); Cesar Chavez Champion of Change (2014); national vice chair of Local Progress (2017-present); […]

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City Council to Explore Medical Marijuana Workplace Guidelines

While it’s true that medical marijuana is now legal in the state of Pennsylvania for treatment of certain conditions, cannabis remains outlawed at the federal […]

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Rizzo’s Former Secretary Uses Italian Market Facebook Account to Trash Helen Gym

A since-deleted post to the 9th Street Italian Market’s official Facebook page on Sunday characterized Philadelphia Councilwoman Helen Gym as a bigot for her opinion […]

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More Than 18,000 People Have Signed a Petition to Keep the Rizzo Statue

A petition to keep the city’s Frank Rizzo statue is gaining steam. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, more than 18,000 people had signed the petition, […]

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Councilwoman Gym: Rizzo Statue Must Come Down

Our nation is more engaged than ever in debate surrounding the monuments we choose to honor. The stunning violence in Charlottesville, Va. this past weekend was […]


South Philly Barbacoa Has Big Plans for 2017

The freedom fighters at South Philly Barbacoa and PAUWR, Cristina Martinez and Benjamin Miller, are organizing Philly restaurants for a May 1st general strike that […]

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Mazzoni Center CEO Nurit Shein, Board President Jimmy Ruiz Resign

This is a developing story and may be updated at any time. Following a walkout last week and a petition signed by more than 60 […]