Chauvin only got 22.5 years, but that’s just the beginning

On Friday, when he was about to sentence Derek Chauvin, Minnesota Judge Peter Cahill said, “I’m not basing my sentence … on public opinion. I am not basing it on any attempt to send any messages.”     As he spoke my heart sank, because it sounded like he might sentence George Floyd’s killer to…

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Philly spending on gun violence must be about saving lives

As gun violence rages in Philadelphia, the city has made it a budget priority. But much of the $68 million in the city’s anti-violence budget is money that was already there, according to the Inquirer. For instance, some money for parks, recreation centers and libraries has now been reclassified as anti-violence spending. So, in reality,…

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I think it’s time for college athletes to get off the plantation. The Supreme Court agrees.

In a 9-0 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has sided with college athletes who argued that the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s rules limiting student compensation was a violation of antitrust laws.   Three words: It’s about time. Not just because the NCAA’s century-old business model has grown increasingly exploitative as the money from television contracts…

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The City plans to spend $70 million on gun violence. But it’s not how much you spend. It’s how you spend it.

Politics is the art of the deal, and yesterday, City Council reached a compromise to spend $70 million fighting gun violence. That’s good. But let’s not fool ourselves into thinking that money, in any amount, is the cure for what’s happening on our streets, because unlike politicians, the streets don’t compromise. Bullets don’t compromise. Death…

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The fight for reparations begins where slavery took place — on farms

A federal judge has sided with conservative organizations and white farmers suing to stop Black farmers from getting $4 billion in federal loan forgiveness.  Here’s why that’s crazy. Black farmers lost 90 percent of their land over the last century, and it happened due to systemic racism that was enabled and sometimes carried out by…

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As masks come off in Philly there’s reason for hope

These days there’s a lot to talk about in Philly. In the face of a gun violence crisis that’s killing Black men in droves, City Council voted to ban dirt bikes, the state legislature is trying to bring back voter suppression, and while the little guy gets harassed for every penny, big businesses don’t pay…

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Extend Trump’s Facebook ban indefinitely, or risk more people’s lives

On Friday Facebook extended it’s ban on Donald Trump, saying they’ll reevaluate in two years.   Why does it matter? Because social media is just as powerful as traditional media. That’s why YouTube star Logan Paul was able to get a multimillion-dollar exhibition against Floyd Mayweather. It’s why Kim Kardashian and her sisters still matter.…

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