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Reform, don’t defund, the police. This is why | Opinion

“Defunding police” means something different to everyone, but the common theme involves cutting funding from police department budgets.  

Pa. missed the boat on gerrymandering reform. Here’s how voting rights suffered | Thursday...

Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers. With the Legislature officially on summer recess, and with it, any chance to pass meaningful redistricting reform pretty much out the window, a new report drives home the damage that partisan gerrymandering...

Discretion and deescalation are a police officer’s strongest tools | John Fetterman

By John Fetterman My tenure as mayor of Braddock, Allegheny County, started with a community that was embroiled in mass distrust between residents and the police force. Braddock’s population is approximately 70 percent Black, and 36...

In Pa. politics, polarization isn’t new. But the contempt is | Opinion

It’s okay to be polarized. It’s okay to disagree. We’ve been doing that for quite some time. Our levels of contempt, though, are altogether new.

Trump’s now using your kids as pawns in his re-election. That’s not leadership. It’s...

In one crazed Tweet, Trump made it clear that he's perfectly willing to cut off funding to cash-strapped school districts to punish his political rivals.

This back to school event in Philly is touching. It’s also what’s wrong with...

Yes, Pa.'s per-pupil expenditure is huge. Yes, the system is also still broken. And there's still so much more work left to be done.

He was Black. The cop was white and in danger. All that mattered was...

Daylan McLee has had some run-ins with the law in the past. But when he saw a Uniontown officer trapped in his burning cruiser, he knew what he had to do.

When I see Vanessa Guillen, I see a reflection of myself and every woman...

I wore the same rank on my chest. I see the same dark eyes and broad smile of a younger version of myself in the photos displayed in the news and through my timeline. Vanessa...

As the pandemic rages, overdose deaths are on the rise in Pa. | Tuesday...

The state had been on the way to taming its overdose crisis. How the isolation demanded by COVID-19 has reversed that trend.
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Ally or Actor?: How to avoid the trap of performative activism | Ana White

Theatrics are the easy part. The much harder work comes with knowing how to navigate oneself in spaces both reserved for you and exclusively inaccessible.