Here’s how to stop Black gun crime – and white gun crime, too | Michael Coard

BY: - June 6, 2023

To end our plague of violence, we need to make it nearly impossible for Americans to own guns.

Philadelphia City Hall

Progressives make gains in Pa.’s biggest counties – despite establishment Dems | Michael Coard

BY: - June 2, 2023

In Philly and Allegheny County, progressives seized the moment on Primary Day. We're here to stay.

A voting sign in Philadelphia

Want more Pa. Black voters to vote progressive? Here’s how | Michael Coard

BY: - May 21, 2023

It starts with Black voters taking charge of their own progressive movement - and white progressives not being so paternalistic.

Firefighters battled a massive blaze that destroyed a West Philadelphia neighborhood after police firebombed the MOVE residence, killing 11 people in May 1985. — Temple University Archives Photo

Four decades later, embers of Philly’s MOVE bombing still smoldering | Michael Coard

BY: - May 16, 2023

A West Philly neighborhood went up in flames, taking lives and property with it. We're still waiting for accountability.

CIR Online/Wikimedia Commons Black Panther Party members at California State Capitol (1967)

Want to pass real gun reform? Give more law-abiding Black people guns | Michael Coard

BY: - May 7, 2023

It would happen faster than when Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday pulled their guns at the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.


Are influential anti-DEI Trumpers trying to turn Pa. into Florida? | Michael Coard

BY: - April 25, 2023

The signs are there. Be aware -- and then vote.


Pa.’s landlord-tenant law literally can get you killed | Michael Coard

BY: - April 7, 2023

Officials have a lot of explaining to do in the shooting of a Philadelphia woman.

Protesters during the 2020 George Floyd protests in Philadelphia (Photo courtesy of Michael Coard).

Philly’s settlement a win for protesters; police reform fight continues | Michael Coard

BY: - March 26, 2023

This was a 'truly unique civil rights lawsuit' because it sought more than mere money.


Shapiro’s support for Cheyney Univ. is welcome — and badly needed | Michael Coard

BY: - March 12, 2023

The HBCU needs equitable -- not just equal -- funding to make up for decades of racist underfunding

Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro, joined by members of his administration and business leaders, signed an executive order on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, to establish the Pennsylvania Office of Transformation and Opportunity. (Capital-Star photo by Cassie Miller)

Pa. Gov. Shapiro evolves, seeks to abolish fallible and irreversible death penalty | Michael Coard

BY: - February 24, 2023

Shapiro's view on capital punishment has evolved, and a columnist's view of him has too. Here's why.


When it comes to racism in Pa., not much has changed | Michael Coard

BY: - February 10, 2023

A look at the commonwealth's history reveals a long and troubling past.

The Union League building on South Broad Street in Philadelphia (VisitPhiladelphia/The Philadelphia Tribune).

Black members of Philadelphia’s Union League face a test | Michael Coard

BY: - January 31, 2023

Are they scared and selfish? Or are they courageous self-respecting African Americans?