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Special Olympics Find South Philly Home

BY ELDON GRAHAM Parents of special-needs children know how difficult it is to raise a child with mental and physical disabilities. So when they get to chance to let their hair down and participate in a fun family event, that is something a parent can easily get behind. Thanks to Special Olympics Pennsylvania having recently […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Special Elections Getting to Be the Norm in Philadelphia

BY JOE SHAHEELI Special elections are becoming the norm for a Philadelphia electorate repeatedly called on to vote on filling seats that have become vacant before politicians’ terms expire. The latest is the 197th Legislative Dist. in North Philadelphia, which will be held March 21 to fill the vacancy left by former State Rep. Leslie […]

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Central High School Goes to the Inauguration

BY KRISTIAN RHIM Central H.S. 276 In November, if you asked me if I would go to see Donald Trump’s inauguration, I probably would’ve told you no way, mainly because I don’t support the beliefs he has and the controversial things he says. However, my social science class with Mr. Horwits has taught me that […]

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Boyle Launches Blue Collar Caucus

BY TONY WEST A band of Democratic members of Congress are seeking to restore the working-class brand to their party in the wake of the disappointing 2016 election results by reaching out to their onetime core constituency of blue-collar voters. For generations, blue-collar voters – people who were not poor and held steady jobs, but […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: City Congressional Caucus Will Skip Trump Inauguration

by Joe Shaheeli Tomorrow’s inauguration ceremonies in D.C. won’t have many Philly Democrats in attendance. Especially noticeable will be the absence of Congressmen Bob Brady, Brendan Boyle and Dwight Evans. Led by Philadelphia Democratic Party Chairman Brady, the three worked hard and long to successfully deliver to Hillary Clinton a record-setting over-half-million votes. This was […]

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OUR OPINION: Activists, Come Home to Philadelphia

Those who are going to Washington to show our next president their disapproval or to indicate their support for his new “revolution” will find Saturday morning you will again all be united by shared concerns our great and beloved city is going through a series of changes, some for the better, and others for the […]

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MLK Day of Service Around Philadelphia

THOUSANDS of people took to the streets on Martin Luther King Day, from Independence Hall to historic Mother Bethel Church, in a call for social justice. Photo by Eldon Graham UNION activists like these from UniteHere were vigorous participants in the MLK Day march through Center City. Photo by Bill Myers THIS celebrated political movement […]

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Hawthorne Neighborhood Faces Change

By Eldon Graham Every third Monday in January, Philadelphia celebrates a national icon who courted controversy as the voice of the downtrodden. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was concerned about the rights of exploited workers, as well as those birthright citizens who were subjugated in their own skin. It didn’t matter if you were Caucasian, […]

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Change Brings Solomon to the Lower Northeast

by Tony West Child of a neighborhood in the throes of major social and economic changes, Jared Solomon ran for state representative in order to steer those changes for the better. The 38-year-old attorney has lived in the area since he was three, when his parents broke up and his mother, a schoolteacher, moved in […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Governor’s Race Chatter Already!

Republicans believe Gov. Tom Wolf is vulnerable, and as expected, their efforts to generate support for one or more of their candidates is already reaching the ears of both party leaderships, if not the average voter. Making an early, and hopefully strong enough, presence to chase away others with the same inclination, is State Sen. […]

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