Category Archives: civil rights

Ten Years After Katrina, Poor And Black People Still Left Behind

Posted at By Terrance Heath August 27, 2015 When President Obama visits New Orleans today to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, he will find the city whiter, wealthier, and more unequal than it was before the storm. Eight years … Continue reading

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Americans in Struggle Film Series 2015

From the Philadelphia Unemployment Project ( 6 PM Tuesday nights CCP Winnet Student Life Building Room S2-3 Refreshments from 5:30 Learn about some of the struggles the American people have waged over our history or continue to wage in order … Continue reading

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Urge the President to Keep His Promise to Close Guantanamo

From the National Religious Campaign Against Torture ( President Obama is running out of time to fulfill his promise to close Guantanamo.  Since the new Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, took office earlier this year, he has signed off on … Continue reading

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Voting Rights: The Struggle Continues

Posted at From the Center for Effective Government ( by Scott Klinger, 8/6/2015 Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, which many consider the most important civil rights legislation of the 1960s. The law … Continue reading

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Charges Against Journalists Raise Troubling Questions About Press Freedom in Ferguson

Posted at Published on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 by Common Dreams ‘If Wes Lowery and Ryan Reilly can be charged like this with the whole country watching, just imagine what happens when nobody is.’ By Sarah Lazare, staff writer … Continue reading

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Sign On to Support Updating the PA Human Relations Act to Protect LGBT Neighbors

On June 23, 2015, the Council’s Board of Directors voted to share the statement below with Pennsylvania’s General Assembly in support of updating the Commonwealth’s Human Relations act to include protection from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodation for … Continue reading

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2017 White Privilege Conference—April 14-17, 2016, Philadelphia

Save the Date! The 2017 White Privilege Conference will be held on April 14-17, 2016 in Philadelphia. For more information, see The Council is a sponsor of this event.

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Philadelphia’s Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws Disproportionately Enforced Against African Americans

From the Sentencing Project ( A new report from the ACLU of Pennsylvania finds that police in Philadelphia disproportionately enforced civil asset forfeiture laws, specifically cash seizure, in some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. African Americans represent 44% of the … Continue reading

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How to Keep Our Black Boys Alive: Channeling the Rage

From the Children’s Defense Fund ( By Marian Wright Edelman The recent spotlight on systematic racial profiling and police brutality against Black boys and men has exposed a painful truth long known in the Black community: just about every Black … Continue reading

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Actions You Can Take to Support AME & Other Black Churches Affected by Racism

From Showing Up for Racial Justice/SURJ ( Here are some things your congregation and you can do to support churches that have been the targets of racist actions: Give and ask your congregation to give to the joint fund for … Continue reading

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