WHYY, in partnership with 900AM WURD, joined forces to present a Youth Town Hall Meeting in late September. You can see and hear the entire conversation through this link.

ICYMI: Catch some of the highlights from this gathering to hear from Philadelphia-area teens about the issues that most concern them

Before any of us raise a bullhorn to defend a celebrity accused of sexual assault, perhaps we should take a long minute to emotionally walk in the victim’s shoes.

On January 5, President Barack Obama announced steps that his administration is putting in place to reduce gun violence in America.

Michael Slager, the former South Carolina policeman caught on video shooting Walter Scott in the back eight times earlier this year, has been indicted for murder by a grand jury.

Mayoral candidate Doug Oliver, in his second interview with Solomon Jones, said he would keep Philadelphia’s 10-year tax abatement for new construction under certain conditions.

Freddie Gray’s death and the lack of answers surrounding it precipitated a day of violence. If we hope to avoid the next riot, we must create an atmosphere in which words are heard, action is taken, and circumstances change.

In the wake of the murder of Freddie Gray, the city of Baltimore has experienced shock, anger, polarized protesting and, sadly and counterintuitively, destructive violence and looting. The violence and looting have been denounced as “senseless”… but what we are seeing is NOT senseless.

As of late February, there were over 15,000 people in Philadelphia’s municipal prisons. Each of them represents lost tax revenue through wages, lost community cohesion through absence, and lost potential through what will likely happen to them upon their exit from the system.

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