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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George Floyd’s sister is way past angry, just like the rest of us

Bridgett Floyd, sister of George Floyd, spoke for all of us when she told CNN, “I’m past upset, I’m past angry.” She was talking about Congress failing to pass police reform after the world watched her brother being choked to death by former cop turned convicted killer Derek Chauvin. And you know what? Bridgett Floyd…

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Why didn’t America believe the Black women who accused R. Kelly?

When jurors found R. Kelly guilty of federal racketeering and sex trafficking charges, the verdict not only exposed Kelly’s own perversion, it also revealed much about our society. For decades, Kelly had faced allegations that he was a child molester. He was tried in 2008 on child pornography charges, but with his acquittal in that…

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Dear Congress: Pass police reform or prepare to be voted out

We can’t wait anymore. That’s what I thought about when I learned that there would be no deal on police reform between Democrats and Republicans.   The two sides had been talking for months about doing something to reign in the unchecked power of police. Something that would deal with the racism that makes Blacks…

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