Civil Rights & Social Justice

Philly City Council passes police reforms, shelves others for the summer

Legislators passed a bill to reinstate a residency requirement that all city employees, including police officers, live in Philadelphia for at least one year prior to joining the city payroll.

Confronted by protests, pandemic Philly schools mull delaying start of 2020-21 school year

Administrators are talking about anti-racism efforts, equity, and cleaning between classes as they make a decision about when to start the new school year.

The Leg did the right thing on police reform. The work is just starting...

The moment demanded action. Lawmakers rose to the challenge. But the work is never over. The real challenge of dismantling systemic racism still lies ahead.

Monuments honor our ideals. The confederacy doesn’t honor our ideals. The statues have...

By John MessederAt the site of a battle that became the beginning of the end of a war to decide whether any men should be allowed to own other human beings, we still...

The General Assembly passed a police hiring database and a chokehold ban. But nothing...

The votes on Wednesday afternoon came two weeks after Black Democrats shut down the House of Representatives, demanding action on their stalled legislation.

Lawyer for Erie protester wants court to force police to release the name of...

Just a week after a 3-day unpaid suspension was issued for the Erie police officer responsible for kicking  21-year-old Hannah Silbaugh, Attorney Timothy McNair, who is representing Silbaugh filed a writ of summons against the officers involved, Erie Police Chief Dan Spizarny, Mayor Joe Schember and the city of Erie, according to GoErie.com.

Here’s the next step in the fight to end LGBTQ discrimination in Pa. |...

Pa. needs to pass long-stalled legislation that bans workplace, employment and public accommodation discrimination against LGBTQ residents right now.

These are the hard lessons I’ve had to teach my son about being Black...

It’s heartbreaking and deeply maddening to have to teach our boys and girls that there is no such thing is a routine police stop.

I’m a Black man in 2020. These are the questions I’m asking myself. There...

As a Black man, how do I persuade my Black mother, Black father, Black sister, Black brother, and Black fiancee not to be afraid when I leave the house?

From grandfather to grandson, the lessons of the Tulsa race massacre | Opinion

By Gregory B. FairchildMy family sat down to watch the first episode of HBO’s “Watchmen” last October. Stephen Williams, the director, included quick cuts of gunshots, explosions, citizens fleeing roaming mobs, and even a...