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7:05 PM / Thursday April 18, 2024

Commentary

cj speaks…The call to order

March 23, 2024

Philadelphia’s recent travesties continue to be highlighted in the news: the ongoing shooting incidents, train schedule disruptions and discontinuations, schools that undereducate the children who should be preparing to be our future leaders and role models, and parents wanting to promote friendships with their children instead of taking on the role of a parent. Right…

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Commentary: Marcia Fudge is one in a short line of Black women cabinet leaders

March 23, 2024

ABOVE PHOTO: President Joe Biden takes a photograph with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge, left, and United States Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield, right, during a reception in recognition of Black History Month in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) By…

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Hanging In The Hall

March 17, 2024

One (ambitious) Philly budgetMayor Cherelle Parker unveiled her Fiscal Year 2025 budget, and it has a little — or a big — something for everyone. ABOVE PHOTO: Councilmember Isaiah Thomas (l) and Council Majority Leader Katherine Gilmore Richardson (r) flank Mayor Cherelle Parker (c) as she becomes the first woman to give the Mayor’s budget…

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Commentary: Black power plus specific Black intent

March 16, 2024

By George Burrell ABOVE PHOTO: Mayor Cherelle Parker signs executive orders in her new office on Inauguration Day at City Hall in Philadelphia, on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024. Parker is the city’s 100th mayor, becoming the first woman to do so.(Monica Herndon/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP) Mayor ParkerEstablishing a minority business success office and inviting…

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cj speaks…The renewing of you

March 9, 2024

Because the seasons are about to change, the days are getting slightly longer. The brightness of the sun is enveloping the earth’s Northern Hemisphere, temperatures are growing warmer, and there is a feeling of the newness of everything all around us — and that includes the renewing of you. In the midst of all of…

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Commentary: Carpenters Union’s apprenticeship diversity push can lead to success and job fulfilment in the construction industry

March 2, 2024

By Treyvon Ratcliff Hayes ABOVE PHOTO: Treyvon Ratcliff Hayes, a Philadelphia public high school graduate, just completed his four-year apprenticeship program at the Eastern Atlantic States (EAS) Carpenters Technology College and is now a full journeyman with the EAS Carpenter’s Union. I was born and raised in southwest Philadelphia with a very strong sense of…

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Requiem for “The Voice Of Council”

February 23, 2024

With the death of Chief Clerk Michael Decker, Philadelphia City Council has lost one of its institutions. By Denise Clay-Murray Unless you’re like me and you find yourself in City Hall’s Room 400 every Thursday, chances are you have no idea who Michael Decker is. Philadelphia City Council Chief Clerk Michael Decker But for those…

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cj speaks…The power of the season of Lent

February 23, 2024

As we celebrate so many opportunities for forgiveness, to show love, to be a neighbor to others, and to just follow the prescriptions that God gives to us each and every day however we choose to seek and find whatever He has to offer. We entered the season of Lent amidst Black History Month, Valentine’s…

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Guest Commentary: 2024 is the year of American values, Black inclusion, white privilege, and consequences

February 18, 2024

By George Burrell ContextThroughout history, several countries have been the greatest — a designation now held by the United States. However, insurrection, elected officials paralyzed by party and power over people, Israel accepting American welfare, but disrespecting its president, and the Supreme Court sanctioning racism has raised international concern about American democracy, as we become…

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Op-Ed: In support of Gov. Shapiro’s proposed minimum wage increase

February 17, 2024

By Kenyatta JohnsonPhiladelphia City Council President For the thousands of hard-working Pennsylvanians in Philadelphia and across our commonwealth who are struggling to provide for themselves and their families, 2024 must be the year that our elected leaders in Harrisburg take action to increase the minimum wage. Raising the minimum wage, as all of our neighboring…

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