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Address racism on college campuses

Address racism on college campuses

Martin Luther King Jr. was right. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. When racial injustice appears and is allowed to fester on our college campuses, we believe that threat is particularly ominous. When Black students, who are often away from home...

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Pa. GOP Cite Lawsuit To Block State Senator’s Swearing-In

Pa. GOP Cite Lawsuit To Block State Senator’s Swearing-In

Republicans in Pennsylvania's state Senate temporarily evicted the lieutenant governor and refused to seat a Democrat from a suburban Pittsburgh district during the Legislature's first session of the year Tuesday because his opponent was still pursuing a federal...

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The majority who stole Christmas

The majority who stole Christmas

As we enter what should be a time of spiritual reflection of the year about to end, we are reminded of the failure of the majority in the General Assembly to help families across the commonwealth in 2020. In May, a bipartisan proposal to use the Commonwealth’s share...

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Winners and losers of the 2020 election

Winners and losers of the 2020 election

Now that the dust has settled, the results of the 2020 election are clear. High voter engagement and increased mail-in voting led to massive turnout nationwide. While record numbers of Pennsylvanians made their voices heard, their message was less clear. The results...

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$4 billion pandemic business relief plan gets backing

$4 billion pandemic business relief plan gets backing

WEST CHESTER— State Senator-Elect Carolyn Comitta joined more than a dozen state senators Friday in announcing a $4 billion pandemic relief plan to provide direct aid to workers, families, small businesses, the restaurant industry, and others that continue to struggle...

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Embattled state official fights to keep her job

Embattled state official fights to keep her job

Jennifer R. Storm, an out lesbian who has served as the state’s Victim Advocate for the past seven years, is battling to keep her job. Storm is believed to be the highest-ranking out lesbian in Pennsylvania state government. Storm, 45, oversees supportive services for...

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Increasing the minimum wage would help, not hurt, the economy

Increasing the minimum wage would help, not hurt, the economy

The minimum wage in the United States hasn’t budged in 11 years. Whether it should was a hotly contested question during Thursday’s final presidential debate. President Donald Trump asserted that increasing the minimum wage would crush small businesses, many of...

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Jewish Community Webinars Tackle Hate, Racism

Jewish Community Webinars Tackle Hate, Racism

Charmaine Ijeoma thinks the United States needs a racial reckoning similar to the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, the restorative justice bodies that helped South African society move forward in the aftermath of apartheid. “We need to talk about it because...

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State arts council distributes $2.3 million to arts groups

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday that 309 nonprofit arts organizations will receive grants totaling $2.3 million to help with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds from the federal CARES Act support staff salaries, facilities costs and fees for artists or...

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Eviction ban nears an end with renter aid still in pipeline

Eviction ban nears an end with renter aid still in pipeline

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Federal emergency aid for renters in Pennsylvania hit hard financially during the pandemic is still in the pipeline as Gov. Tom Wolf's ban on foreclosures and evictions nears an expiration. The application period for aid begins Monday to the...

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Montco health, government leaders: ‘COVID-19 not over’

Montco health, government leaders: ‘COVID-19 not over’

Montgomery County could potentially see a coronavirus spike, especially since fewer residents in the county caught the virus and developed COVID-19, in comparison to Philadelphia and other densely-populated areas, health and government officials are warning. Once...

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Freedom Fighters March in Wilkes-Barre

Freedom Fighters March in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — Peaceful protests of police violence and brutality continued in Wilkes-Barre, as the 2020 Freedom Fighters held a march down Main Street to Public Square. A crowd of protesters and allies gathered at the old Volunteers of America thrift store on Main...

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Dozens march for Black Lives Matter in W-B

Dozens march for Black Lives Matter in W-B

Dozens of people converged at the Volunteers of America Family Thrift Store on Saturday afternoon for a rally and march in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Carrying banners saying, “No justice, No peace” and “Black Lives Matter,” a crowd of about 75 people...

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