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Metcalfe invites Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson to 2nd Amendment bash

Metcalfe invites Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson to 2nd Amendment bash

Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson Go ahead and file this one under “Yeah, he’s just trolling us now.” State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe announced earlier today that he has invited Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson to be the keynote speaker at the politician’s annual “Second Amendment Action Day.” “The battle against the radical liberal agenda in Pennsylvania...

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How will the Supreme Court’s ruling on DNA collection impact justice in PA?

Earlier this week, in a divisive 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court of the United States determined that it is perfectly Constitutional for police to routinely collect DNA samples from some arrestees—even if they’ve never been convicted, and possibly even if they’re never formally charged with a crime. The court’s sharply polarized opinion reveals that the...

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Propaganda Film Exploits Gosnell Tragedy to Promote Conspiracy Theory

A new documentary film on the Kermit Gosnell case, titled 3801 Lancaster, was recently released online and can be viewed at 3801Lancaster.com. It’ll receive a Philly premiere screening Sunday night as part of The Justice Conference’s Justice Film Festival. On the website, the filmmakers claim that the goal of the project is to “make the public aware”...

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Local Lawyers Present Groundbreaking Study on Abortion Clinic Violence

Local Lawyers Present Groundbreaking Study on Abortion Clinic Violence

David S. Cohen, associate professor of law at Drexel University’s Earle Mack School of Law, and Krysten Connon, a 2012 Drexel Law grad, have conducted a groundbreaking national study of the toll that working under the constant threat of violence takes upon abortion clinic workers. They interviewed 85 providers in 33 states to assemble a portrait of what...

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Today: Local Events on 40th Anniversary of Roe V Wade

If you are among the majority of Americans who oppose overturning Roe V. Wade, then are several Roe day events where you can go and show your support today and through the week. All day today: Follow along on twitter all day: Women’s Law Project staff and friends will be using the hashtag #protectRoe4me all day and invite you into the conversation on Twitter. Today,...

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Virginia: the Latest State to Exploit Philadelphia’s Gosnell Abortion Tragedy

While Kermit Gosnell — if convicted, one of the nation’s only known serial baby-murderers — sits in a cell awaiting trial in March, his name has been everywhere. Ever since the grand jury presentment detailing his alleged crimes of infant murder, illegal late-term abortions, drug trafficking and associated offenses was published in January of 2011, anti-choice...

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Mummers Are Willing to Talk Rationally About Blackface, So We Should Too

You know it’s going to be a good year when, on Jan. 2, you wake up the subject of a Stu Bykofsky column. Byko’s beef was my Storify post on New Year’s Day rounding up Twitter reaction to three skits in Philadelphia’s annual Mummers Parade that offended a number of people. To quickly recap: One of those performances, with a Rastafarian theme, featured...

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2013: It’s Time To Talk About Mummers in Blackface

From the outside looking in, you’d think every Philadelphian was a proud supporter of the glittered and feathered pageant known as the New Year’s Day Mummer’s Parade. But you’d be wrong. Mummers in blackface has a complicated history in a racially complicated city within a racially complicated country. That said, today’s parade...

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Anti-violence Community Activist “Chino” Sanchez Gunned Down in Kensington

Anti-violence Community Activist “Chino” Sanchez Gunned Down in Kensington

Sanchez in 2011. Photo by Jeff Fusco. As initially reported by GunCrisis.org, Wednesday night in Philadelphia was a bloody one: gunfire wounded six and killed one person before dawn. A teenage boy was shot twice in the face and once in the back in Port Richmond. A 24-year-old woman was randomly shot near 13th and Bainbridge streets while walking home from work....

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Key Takeaways From the City’s Roundtable Discussion on Reducing Gun Violence

Earlier this afternoon at City Hall, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson hosted a roundtable discussion on strategies to reduce gun violence and violent crime. The good news is that at this point, it’s a given that the city is viewing violence as a public health crisis that requires interdisciplinary solutions. The panel of presenters included representatives from...

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