Blacks must get radical in the fight against segregation 

When The Inquirer reported that Philadelphia is one of the most segregated cities in America, it should not have surprised anyone in the Black community. Rather, it should have served as confirmation of our lived experience. Black Philadelphians reside in communities where segregation has been enforced through generations of redlining by financial institutions, urban renewal by governmental…

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 Don’t blame passengers for rape on Market Frankford Line

I never believed passengers were at fault for not reporting a rape that allegedly took place aboard SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line. I believed SEPTA was at fault for creating the conditions that would allow something so heinous to take place. In a story that went national, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt told The New York Times he…

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Segregated Philly is 2021 is no different than 1968

In 1968, a year after Black people rose up against racism in cities all over America, President Lyndon B. Johnson convened the Kerner Commission to look into the reasons why. Clearly something needed to change, and it needed to change quickly, because scores of people had died in the uprising. But instead of providing a…

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Alleged SEPTA rape brings hard questions

It’s hard for me to understand how a woman was raped on a train on SEPTA’s Market Frankford Elevated line while passengers watched and did nothing. They didn’t call police. They didn’t intervene. They simply allowed it to happen. And, while it’s easy to blame the passengers for their inaction, my question is simply this:…

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ManUpPHL wins major City grant for anti-gun violence work

Yesterday when I learned that ManUpPHL was among several community organizations to receive City funding to fight gun violence, I was moved. Moved not only by the $242,000 grant, which will go to pay stipends and create employment opportunities for the men we serve, but by the journey we’ve taken to grow this movement. I…

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Grumpy Old Men battle over Biden social infrastructure cost

When Joe Biden took office, he said he wanted to expand programs for people. Expanded Medicare, discount daycare, free community college, free pre-k, paid family leave.   It’s the kind of plan that would help nearly everyone who needs it—young or old, black or white, republican or democrat. And it was a big vision, with…

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