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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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Events Probe King’s Meaning

by Denise Clay The City of Philadelphia is home to one of the largest Day of Service projects dedicated to the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But when you’re done painting, building playgrounds, registering people to vote, feeding families in need or reading to children, there are other activities designed to […]

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OPINION: Time to Reclaim King’s Real Legacy

by Jay A. McCalla As a person who lived during the time of Martin Luther King Jr., I’m struck that he was assassinated a half-century ago. I’m also struck that the legacy of this extraordinarily controversial man, this strikingly radical Christian – during his life, he was accused of communist sympathies, harassed by the FBI, […]

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