by Mary Catherine Roper

If you are regularly stopped by the Philadelphia police, you are probably a Black man. If you are not regularly stopped by police, you should watch this video of a stop by Philadelphia police. Go on, watch it. I’ll wait.

In the video, two Philly police…


by Mary Catherine Roper

The United States Supreme Court decision in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia has raised a lot of questions about what the court’s ruling means for LGBQ&T families and individuals in Philadelphia, and across the country. …


by Terrell Thomas

Terrell Thomas speaks at a Campaign for Smart Justice coalition meeting (photo credit: ACLU of Pennsylvania)

Last month, state Representative Ed Gainey edged out Mayor Bill Peduto in the Democratic mayoral primary. Rep. …


by Reggie Shuford

Christian Hall walked to work, but he was studying to take his driver’s test and saving to buy a car. The future seemed bright. But on December 30, 2020, the 19-year-old was in distress and needed help.

According to his family, Christian was depressed about a recent…


Photo Credit: James Daniel, ACLU

As we observe March as Women’s History Month, we are reminded of the importance of women in leadership, women’s rights, and the necessary work needed to keep moving the needle in the right direction toward women’s liberation and equality.

Women have held our families, communities, and our movements together. This…


Philadelphia police use “non-lethal” weaponry during demonstrations against police violence in June 2020.

by Mary Catherine Roper

For three days last spring, Philadelphia police brutalized peaceful protesters following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. …


by Elizabeth Randol

One thing that is clear after the 2020 election and the ensuing lies and chaos fueled by the former president: attempts to undermine our democracy continue unabated in state capitols across the nation. …


by Reggie Shuford

Black History Month is a dedicated time every year to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black Americans and to reflect on the long struggle to finally realize the constitutional promise of liberty and justice for all.

After the past year, with both scenes of horror and…


by Reggie Shuford

Here’s a hard but undeniable truth: America has a short memory and a long tradition of revising history.

As we celebrate the life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in an annual reflection on his legacy that, at this point, feels as American as apple…


by Mary Catherine Roper and Andrew Christy

It’s no secret that, in far too many ways, the criminal justice system criminalizes being poor. From the widespread use of cash bail, to incarceration as a punishment for a failure to pay parking or traffic tickets or fees associated with probation or…

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