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The Five Best Websites of Philly City Council At-Large Democratic Candidates

You’re not alone if you don’t know who to vote for in the upcoming primary election for Philadelphia’s City Council At-Large race on May 21. There are 34 Democratic At-Large candidates competing for five of the seven seats (two seats are guaranteed to non-majority party candidates). As communications professionals, we realized that with such a… Continue reading

Before Krasner There Was Dilworth: A Brief History of Reform in Philly’s District Attorney’s Office

After a hard fought election the outsider with radical ideas won easily. He was a trial lawyer with a reputation for fighting for justice in and out of the courtroom, winning cases, and sticking to his principles even when it made him unpopular. For years he was a thorn in the side of corrupt politicians…. Continue reading

An Open Letter to The New York Times: Stop Using “Addict” to Describe People

To the Associate Managing Editor for Standards, I recently read Jennifer Percy’s feature in The New York Times Magazine titled: Trapped by the ‘Walmart of Heroin’ published on October 10, 2018. As a subscriber of The Times and resident of Philadelphia, I was glad to see more attention and quality reporting on this important issue. I was… Continue reading

Let’s Dispel With the Myth That the Civil War Wasn’t About Slavery

This past weekend, white supremacists, Neo-Nazis, and Klansmen marched in the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The images of young white men wielding torches and weapons, attacking peaceful protesters, and chanting their racist, anti-Semitic rhetoric shocked and disgusted the world (with one notable… Continue reading

Philadelphia’s First Public Housing Project: The Carl Mackley Houses

In 1934, with Philadelphia amidst the Great Depression, a survey of the city’s households found an astonishing number of homes lacked electricity, water, and heat. An estimated 152,022 Philadelphians had no bathing facility, 39,239 people were living without a bathroom, and 28,000 families were sharing single-family dwellings with another family. Two thirds of the city’s… Continue reading