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Sparking Conversation: The Future of Weed Politics in Pennsylvania

A cannabis advocate’s take on what she expects from the new administration

by SARA HEIM

A 'Nation's Revolution' Comes to Philadelphia

The Iranian women’s justice movement is shifting the worldwide social landscape, and we're seeing it right here in our city.

by ANJALI KISHORE

Clark Park: A Walk Through West Philly’s Backyard

Exploring the park’s enduring role in stewardship, activism, and community power

by SARA HEIM

The Public Restroom Shortage and the Ongoing Discrimination Against Philadelphians Experiencing Homelessness

Programs like the Public Restroom Pilot will make a difference, but there’s work to be done to solve the city’s lack of access to basic sanitation.

by ANNA O'NEILL–DIETEL

A New Sixers Arena and an Uncertain Future for Chinatown

The 76ers plan to decimate Chinatown with their new stadium. What does the community have to say about it?

by SARA HEIM

Inside the Fight to Preserve Reproductive Rights in Pennsylvania

With abortion on the midterm ballot, activism is taking place at and beyond the polls. 

by SAMARA HIMMELFARB

Why Stigma Perpetuates a Lack of Access to the Monkeypox Vaccine

An ongoing tale of government mishandling and repeated history

by SRUTHI SRINIVAS

Helen Gym on the Power of Voice and Perseverance

How this progressive councilwoman at–large puts Philadelphians first

by ALANA BESS

'The Big Change’: Inside the Fight to Save the UC Townhomes

A vibrant, joyful community of nearly 70 households make up the University City Townhomes—but this community stands to lose everything it loves in the face of eviction.

by KIRA WANG

Idealism Leads to Infighting at Mina’s World

Mina’s World was the first Philadelphia coffee shop owned by queer and trans people of color. Now, the same idealism that created it has resulted in its closure.

by RACHEL SWYM

Let’s Get Disoriented

Rising junior Megha Neelapu discusses the Disorientation Guide and its deep roots in community advocacy.

by SRUTHI SRINIVAS

Combatting Sex Work Stigma Using Arts Advocacy

Strongly rooted fears of prostitution and the trade is the last wall to break before meaningful reform—and the arts may be a useful avenue for achieving it.

by SRUTHI SRINIVAS

The Free Library of Philadelphia: A Vital Institution Worth Defending

Ongoing activism to fund the Free Library is a fight for both resources and community.

by CONNOR NAKAMURA

“A Sustainable Marketplace”: Reimagining Sustainable Futures

The Feminist Flea Market and Grant Blvd highlight local sustainability–focused artists with their upcoming market on Earth Day weekend.

by JEAN PAIK

Kendra Brooks Is the Change Philadelphia Politics Needs

The city’s first Working Families Party member elected to City Council is making waves in Philly politics.

by SHEIL DESAI

‘Flipping the Script’ Speaker Series Learns From Existing Diversity in Hollywood

This two–week event on Penn’s campus celebrates the unique backgrounds of underrepresented creatives in the film and television industry.

by SRUTHI SRINIVAS

A Union Is Brewing

The significance of union organizing at the 34th and Walnut Starbucks

by CONNOR NAKAMURA

Care in Flux

The lack of accessible child care options remains an issue for families at Penn and beyond.

by CONNOR NAKAMURA

Philadelphia’s Addiction Crisis Calls For a Human–Centered Approach

The city’s novel approaches to a worsening drug epidemic may be missing a key element.

by SHEIL DESAI

A Difficult Reality: Campus Activism at Penn

What stands in the way of student organizing?

by CONNOR NAKAMURA

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