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New Documentary, ‘Broken on All Sides,’ Calls Mass Incarceration of Blacks the ‘New Jim Crow’

New Documentary, ‘Broken on All Sides,’ Calls Mass Incarceration of Blacks the ‘New Jim Crow’

Thirty years into the so-called War on Drugs, there are neighborhoods in Philadelphia where more people graduate from the prison system than from high school. According to theories put forth in Michelle Alexander’s 2010 book, The New Jim Crow, it’s not a coincidence that most of these prisoners are black males. Alexander proposes that by using the drug war...

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Read Latest Appeal Notice in Mumia Abu-Jamal Case

Read Latest Appeal Notice in Mumia Abu-Jamal Case

Philadelphia’s most famous cop killer may have become this year’s Willie Horton in a Bucks County Congressional race, but while the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee was busy scaring up rural and suburban voters, the man himself was getting ready for yet another appeal to his now-life sentence. The notice of appeal was filed in the Pennsylvania...

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World to Rep. Mike Turzai: Well “DONE!!!”

World to Rep. Mike Turzai: Well “DONE!!!”

You may remember right-wing House Majority leader Rep. Michael Turzai (R-Allegheny) from this summer when, amid the hubbub of Voter ID, a video of him gloating to his cohorts that Voter ID would hand Romney Pennsylvania made the rounds. The gaffe made him the laughingstock of cable news shows for a while. It also made him the laughingstock of the Harrisburg...

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DAILY GRINDER: Philly Evangelical Group Says After Election, U.S. Deserves ‘Destruction’

DAILY GRINDER: Philly Evangelical Group Says After Election, U.S. Deserves ‘Destruction’

There’s an evangelical group based in Philly called Repent America and they’re not happy with the way the elections, or the last four years have turned out. So much so, the group, especially its leader Michael Marcavage, think America deserves — how do I put this lightly? — destruction: “The Godless government gospel is contrary to the will...

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Time for Gov. Corbett to Figure Out the Health-Care Exchange

Time for Gov. Corbett to Figure Out the Health-Care Exchange

"Decisions, decisions..." The election is over and it’s time, again, to worry about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Specifically, what our lawsuit-filing governor (and former attorney general) cares to do about the issue. Because like it or not, although the deadline has been extended, President Obama’s re-election combined with...

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Pro-Choice Pennsylvanians Declare Victory

Women’s healthcare and politics. So confusing! While the pros and cons of chalking up getting rid of affordable basic gynecological care for women in an attempt to restrict access to abortion and contraception were discussed non-stop in the months leading up the election, the issue was barely mentioned in the debates. Then came the reports that abortion wasn’t...

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Union Beach, NJ After Hurricane Sandy: How to Help

Last week when Hurricane Sandy hit, my social networks lit up with messages about my little hometown of Union Beach, NJ. Less than two square miles, the town sits on a peninsula that juts out into the Raritan Bay. It was destroyed in the hurricane. According to local emergency management officials, a wall of water surged out of the bay and punched at least 100...

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WATCH: Video of Damien Echols at 215 Festival

Video shot by Bob Sweeney. Most people are familiar with Damien Echols, a member of a group dubbed the West Memphis 3, from the HBO’s Paradise Lost trilogy of documentaries. In 1993, three 8-year old boys–Steve Branch, Christopher Byers and Michael Moore–were murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas. In 1994, Damien Echols was tried and convicted of...

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Dispatches From the Philadelphia Obama ‘Victory Party’

Dispatches From the Philadelphia Obama ‘Victory Party’

By 11:30, the 300 or so people at the Obama party at the Warwick Hotel in Center City had completely lost it. In a good way. They’d been partying with live DJs—playing all your favorite wedding and Bar/t Mitzvah hits—since Obama had been declared the winner of Pennsylvania about two hours earlier. Mayor Nutter spoke from a small stage in the hotel’s ball...

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Americans for Prosperity, Backed by the Koch Brothers, Buy Pennsylvania Ad Time

The list of right-wing groups coming into Pennsylvania during the final week keeps growing. Now, as the New York Times reports, Koch Brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity is getting on the air, spending $1.5 million for commercials criticizing President Obama. One of the ads, titled “Has President Obama Earned Your Vote?,” features three Americans speaking...

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