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Could progressives capture two Philly City Council seats long held by GOP?

In a test of how far progressive organizing in Philadelphia has come, several liberal outsiders have launched independent campaigns aimed at seizing two City Council seats that are reserved for minor-party or unaffiliated candidates and have been held by Republicans for nearly 70 years.

The campaigns are considered long shots in November’s election because of the unique way Philadelphia elects its at-large Council seats, and because the city’s Democratic Party is likely to oppose the efforts.

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Philadelphia police raid Occupy ICE camp on fourth day of protest

"We are in a very historical moment where the lines of morality have been drawn very clearly," Rev. Nicolas O’Rourke with POWER said. "Other times in history things have been confusing. But today ... it's very clear what is right and what is wrong."

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Interfaith effort targets city's cash-bail system for reform

One POWER organizer, the Rev. Nicolas O’Rourke, notes that “as of May of this year there are 6,694 people in our jails. The jails can only hold 6,800. Twenty-five percent of those are pretrials because they couldn’t make bail. [And] 72 percent of individuals awaiting trial are Black.”

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POWER holds Racial Justice Rally

“We don’t have a response to that, we came to talk to the FOP,” said Pastor Nicolas O’ Rourke, POWER community organizer. “We did not feel threatened any more than we do walking around Philadelphia in our Black skin.”

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Demonstrators hold protest and 'die-in' after Eagles game

"Any venue is a good venue quite frankly. All that we are trying to do is to keep the awareness alive, keep awareness for the injustices - systemic injustice across the country," said Rev. Nicolas O'Rourke, Living Water United Church of Christ.

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