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Philly clergy, residents complain about run-down rec centers

BY: - October 16, 2021

'Our children deserve better,' said Rev. Jeanette Davis of D.I.V.A.S. Ministry and a member of the Black Clergy.

Philly City Council urges Congress to end forced labor in prisons

BY: - September 25, 2021

'We can’t decarcerate our country unless we eliminate the financial incentive to keep Black and brown, working class and poor people in prison,' Councilmember Kendra Brooks said.

‘Some of these killings are for the dumbest reasons’: What’s driving Philly’s bloody summer?

BY: - August 17, 2021

Some have called the situation a "perfect storm" of problems. Others a "witches' brew" of swirling trauma.

Philly to open 3 youth resource centers in effort to stem gun violence

BY: - August 9, 2021

At-large Councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson, the main sponsor of the legislation to change the city’s curfew laws, said Philadelphia youth were “desperate for investment.”

Philly police retirements tick up in 2020 amid pandemic and protests

BY: - July 26, 2021

Police retirements were up 25 percent last year compared to 2019.

‘We need more help’: Philly city, state leaders press Biden for further aid to reduce violence

BY: - July 3, 2021

While city’s homicide rate is reaching historic highs, a state law prevents Philadelphia from putting its own firearm regulations in place.

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Philly Mayor Kenney stands by his violence prevention plan as homicides show no sign of ebbing

BY: - June 23, 2021

The mayor defended his approach to reducing gun violence in Philadelphia on Wednesday at a time when the homicide rate was up 38 percent.

Philly Free Library supporters demand $15M budget boost

BY: - June 3, 2021

Advocates want spending that was slashed during the pandemic to be restored to the library system's budget.

Philly City Council demands more transparency on errors in city payroll system

BY: - May 26, 2021

“I don’t think we should keep pouring money into something that we know has the kinks that it has without a plan,” Councilmember Isiah Thomas said.

COMMENTARY

Is Philly’s Democratic leadership a friend or foe of Blacks? | Michael Coard

BY: - May 25, 2021

With friends like the Democratic City Committee, who needs Trump/Rizzo Republican enemies?

Philly DA Race: FOP backing sank Vega, as Krasner won Black neighborhoods throughout city | Analysis

BY: - May 20, 2021

The closely watched Democratic primary for district attorney ended in a rout for incumbent Larry Krasner that was buoyed by Black voters throughout the city.

Philly Police Commish Outlaw signals support for allowing veteran cops to live outside city, drawing pushback from council president

BY: - May 13, 2021

"When you live in the city, City Council President Darrell Clarke said, “you’re vested. This whole unplugged thing I don’t quite understand.”