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by Vanessa Stine and Erika Guadalupe Núñez

Fighting against new and repurposed immigration detention centers in Pennsylvania is beginning to feel like a horrible game of whack-a-mole. From Berks County to York County, civil rights and immigration advocates have been working tirelessly to end immigration detention across the commonwealth.


by Terrell Thomas

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

Last month, state Representative Ed Gainey edged out Mayor Bill Peduto in the Democratic mayoral primary. Rep. Gainey is now on track to be elected as Pittsburgh’s first Black mayor in November, an event that has taken far too long in a city with a large Black…

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. The indiscriminate use of tear gas and “less-than-lethal” munitions like rubber bullets in a West Philadelphia residential neighborhood and the kettling and gassing of demonstrators on Interstate 676

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