An Election Day win: A Legislature that looks more and more like all the people it serves | Opinion
From Philadelphia to Lancaster to Braddock, we’re not just looking for a seat at the table, we are building a bigger, more inclusive table.
Republicans say voter ID will increase voters’ trust in elections; researchers say otherwise
Add in a lack of faith in the GOP proper, and compromise on election reforms is seemingly hard to come by.
Rittenhouse verdict will ’embolden vigilantes,’ anti-gun violence group warns | Monday Coffee
The teen's 'military-style rifle and the threatening manner in which he wielded it only served to heighten tensions and invite deadly conflict,' Adam Garber, of CeaseFire Pa, said.
Pennsylvania’s courts need more diversity, not dark money | Kadida Kenner
If Judge Lori Dumas wins a recount, she'll be the Commonwealth Court's first judge of color in more than a decade.
The Nov. 2 Pa. Supreme Court election feels more like an auction. That’s bad for justice | Opinion
Spending on the race for the state's highest court already has topped $5 million, and more money will still flood in. The post shouldn't be for sale to the highest bidder.
What to the descendants of enslaved people is the Fourth of July? | Opinion
The voting rights of formerly enslaved people in America are currently under attack. We demand access to the ballot without any undue hindrance to our right to vote.
Pa. deserves a 5th redistricting commissioner who values the power of the people over the people in power | Opinion
Every 10 years, commissions in Pennsylvania and throughout the country dilute the vote of communities of color through various map-drawing strategies.
‘We want Pa. to thrive, not just survive,’ progressive coalition says as it rolls out its legislative agenda
A coalition of progressive advocacy groups, spanning a myriad of constituencies and the state, rolled out a massive legislative agenda Tuesday that calls for a higher minimum wage; more money for public education; paid family leave, and other initiatives that they say will allow “all Pennsylvanians to thrive, not just survive.” The roll-out, coordinated by […]
How a GOP bill getting rid of straight-ticket voting will silence minority voters | Kadida Kenner
When the Republican-controlled General Assembly in Harrisburg is frothing at the mouth to enact voter reform, it should give everyone in the state pause. After all, it was then-House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, who infamously made remarks months prior to the presidential election of 2012 that newly enacted voter identification legislation, championed by his […]
Brown v. Board of Education at 65: Why the struggle continues | Kadida Kenner
If you want to honor the spirit of Brown, get out and vote.
Activists mark 65th anniversary of landmark school desegregation case: ‘There’s always more we can do’
This Friday, May 17, marks 65 years since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its historic decision in Brown v. Board of Education, finally desegregating America’s public schools. In the two generations since then, America has made great progress, but “there’s always something more we can do.” That’s the message activists at a weekly “Tuesdays […]
Raise the minimum wage to chip away at the legacy of white supremacy | Kadida Kenner
By Kadida Kenner If we are ever to solve the moral dilemma of pay inequity in Pennsylvania, let alone the nation, we must first confront one of the most prevailing causes—white supremacy. Pay inequity is deeply-rooted in American history and continues to keep women and people of color relegated to a form of second-class citizenship. […]