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Posts from June 2018

By: Kathryn Johnson
Published: June 15, 2018

Here’s what you need to know about the DOJ ruling on survivors of domestic violence and gang violence. 

On Monday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that most people fleeing domestic violence or gang violence would not qualify for asylum in the United States. The decision will affect thousands of people who have escaped horrific situations in their home countries. Instead of finding safety and refuge in the U.S., most will be...

By: Lewis Webb, Jr.
Published: June 12, 2018

While advocating to end “stop and frisk” in New York City, I once asked my son, who was 16 at the time, “Have you ever been stopped by the police?” and he responded, “Yeah, but it’s no big deal, that’s what they do.” My son, like almost all young men of color, have come to accept as normal their broken, diminished status in our society.

The school-to-prison pipeline, race-based policing, disproportionate rates of incarceration among people of color, and many other realities are the manifestations of that brokenness. Racism, white supremacy, and a general apathy among people of good...

People hold signs saying "Weaving a world that works for us all" and "Fight poverty not the poor"
By: Rick Wilson
Published: June 10, 2018

It’s time we make those rights a reality.

In the United States, people talk a lot about rights and freedoms. Often, however, the discussion is narrow in scope, as in freedom from external constraints or the interference of others. Thinkers such as Erich Fromm have referred to this concept as “negative freedom” or “freedom from.” 

While these freedoms are important—some are inscribed in the Bill of Rights—they are incomplete. Positive freedom, sometimes called “freedom for” or “freedom to” is about the ability of people to act freely and develop their potential. It also...

By: Carly Goodman
Published: June 8, 2018

This week a federal judge ruled in favor of Philadelphia in its sanctuary city case against the Trump administration. relations. “Philadelphia has always been and will always be a welcoming city,” said Mayor Jim Kenney after the ruling. 

Everybody should feel safe and at home in our communities. But harsh immigration enforcement measures tear families apart and make all of us less safe. That’s why some cities like Philadelphia have enacted a range...

By: Arnie Alpert
Published: June 1, 2018

Fifty-one years ago, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King warned that “a nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” 

Dr. King’s moral equation, spoken at the time the U.S. was raining bombs and napalm on the people of Vietnam, still applies today.  

“Since Vietnam, the United States has waged an ongoing war against diffuse enemies, siphoning massive resources away from social needs,” according to a detailed report on poverty from the...