When the fight against gun violence is personal

Sometimes I get frustrated, because when I talk to young men about gun violence, I sometimes hear a hopelessness that makes me think that I want change more than they do.   And I’ve been talking to a lot of young brothers lately. Through ManUpPHL’s Listening to the Streets program, I’ve learned that gun violence…

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Biden’s speech on voting rights had everything except a plan

Joe Biden came to Philadelphia yesterday to talk about voting rights, a fight that he rightly called “the most significant test” of American democracy since the Civil War. And as he spoke, Biden did what Texas Democrats called on him to do when they came to Washington to stop a voter suppression law. He pressed…

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The Sha’Carrie Richardson story shows anti-Back rules at their best

When I saw that Sha-Carrie Richardson was left off the Olympic team, even though her 30-day suspension for a positive marijuana test will end in time for her to run in the 4 by 100 relays, I thought of America’s reverence for rules.    The initial suspension happened because Richardson broke international rules that ban…

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There is more to the Cosby case than guilt or innocence

Like everyone else, I was surprised that Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction was overturned by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. It’s one thing for me to believe that Cosby was treated unfairly by a racist criminal justice system. It’s quite another thing for the state’s highest court to say Cosby’s due process rights were violated. At…

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