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  • Add the Rev. Alyn Waller, the influential pastor of the 15,000-member Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Northwest Philadelphia, to the growing chorus of critics questioning the School District's plan to close 37 city schools by next fall.

    "I am not in favor of school closings without merit and without data to support such a drastic decision," Waller said.

    Waller believes that some "rightsizing" of the city's public school system is necessary. But he doesn't think the District has made its case for many of the specific school closings that have been proposed. He's upset, saying the communities that will be affected by the dramatic changes have not been properly consulted.

    Feb 7 2013 - 11:03am
    Crossposted from TheNotebook
  • Okay, so we get this statement: "Experts Agree Gun Control Works! The Experts Hitler, Stalin, Castro, Qaddafi And More." How historically accurate is this?
    Also, noted Civil Rights Movement veteran Representative John Lewis (D-GA) responds to Rush Limbaugh's question that "If a lot of African-Americans back in the '60s had guns and the legal right to use them for self-defense, you think they would have needed Selma?" Lewis' answer is that using guns was contrary to the purpose of the movement and would have accomplished nothing. The head of the Independent Women/s Forum, Gayle Trotter, testifies to women using guns to defend themselves. Slight problem, all of the guns used were traditional weapons with small magazines. None of them were rapid-fire assault weapons with large magazines.

    Jan 19 2013 - 1:10am
  • Like most folks I talked with, I had only a vague idea of what “Strike Debt” was before showing up today to the Nov 11 Debtor’s Assembly in Love Park. Like them, having enough crippling debt in my life, the event piqued my interest.

    Dec 29 2012 - 7:16pm
    sachio ko-yin
  • The First United Methodist Church of Germantown (FUMCOG) held a vigil on the 20th to honor the victims and survivors of the massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut on December 14th. 28 people died, including 20 children. The shooter committed suicide when he heard police coming. The reaction from Americans has been to call for gun restrictions. Hopefully, this time, that call will not simply fade the way it did after other massacres.

    Dec 21 2012 - 12:11pm
  • The pressure is growing in the face-off over the so-called “fiscal cliff” in Washington.

    The president put his plan on the table. Republican Speaker John Boehner rejected it out of hand. And then . . . nothing. Republicans refused to make a counteroffer.

    They are apparently waiting for the president to make another offer. Obama made that mistake before and got nothing in return. He is not likely to make the same mistake again.

    Dec 8 2012 - 11:53am
    Rev. Jesse Jackson
  • While the national focus is on a make-believe deficit “crisis”, Philadelphia is facing an all too real income crisis. Too many families, including many with at least one full time worker, simply can’t meet their basic needs.

    Nov 27 2012 - 11:40am
    Young Philly Politics
  • Dear friends,

    There is a back history to the present and worsening violence between Israel and Gaza that has not been covered at all in the US media, which began to cover events in Gaza only when the Israeli government assassinated the head of the "military wing" of Hamas. (He might also be described as the Minister of Defense of the government of Gaza.)

    In this report to readers and members of The Shalom Center, I will be filling in that back story with reports from the Israeli and Palestinian press.

    Nov 17 2012 - 7:04am
    Rabbi Arthur Waskow
  • The past two general elections cycles and their primaries has caused the average citizen to educate themselves about the election process and the individual rights, do’s and don’ts. The pending changes to the new Voter ID laws in Pennsylvania and across the nation, people were bombarded with assistance efforts and pressure to become compliant with the new law. A last minute challenge in the legal system gave the PA voters a reprieve. Was It a waste of time and capital?

    Nov 9 2012 - 10:42pm
    Baba Bob Shipman
  • I mentioned politics to a co-worker the other day and she raised her eyes to the ceiling and said "I am SO looking forward to this campaign being over," so I understand if some people have long since made up their minds and are eagerly anticipating the campaign's end, when they can then turn their attention back to other subjects. But I feel that Hurricane Sandy and how it was handled provides a very sharp, stark contrast between the parties. Basically, Democrats support the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Republicans don't. Update: Romey responds to reporter's questions, but leaves a great many questions unanswered. Update: The Occupy Movement is taking donations as Occupy Sandy for New York City and region.

    Oct 31 2012 - 7:02pm
  • Cindy Sheehan, who's currently travelling all over the country on her campaign, stopped off at the Tabernacle Church on Saturday. She is running for the position of Vice-President, to serve alongside Roseanne Barr as President. She and Barr are running against both "Blue Tie Scoundrel and Red Tie Scoundrel," i.e., Republicans and Democrats are indistinguishable. Update: Sheehan writes in to say that promoting her book was the main point of her current tour.

    Oct 22 2012 - 9:18pm