Councilman David Oh creates Facebook firestorm with post on Elizabeth Warren’s backing 'gender change’ surgery
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Councilman David Oh creates Facebook firestorm with post on Elizabeth Warren’s backing 'gender change’ surgery

“David Oh has shown yet again why the GOP has no place in our government," the party, which is supporting community organizer Kendra Brooks and pastor Nicolas O’Rourke in the Nov. 5 election, said in a statement. "He recently declared that the city should roll back health-care coverage of gender affirmation surgery, all while sharing propaganda from a right-wing fake news site.”

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Working Families Party candidates keep pace with GOP fund-raising in Philly Council race
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Working Families Party candidates keep pace with GOP fund-raising in Philly Council race

Two City Council candidates from the progressive Working Families Party — who are making long-shot bids to steal from Republicans the at-large seats effectively reserved for non-Democrats — raised more money over the last three months than any of their five GOP rivals, campaign records show.

Community organizer Kendra Brooks brought in $147,000 in cash donations, and pastor Nicolas O’Rourke raised $88,000 from June 10 to Sept. 16, the most recent campaign-finance reporting period. The top fund-raiser among the five Republicans seeking at-large seats during that time was incumbent David Oh, who took in about $75,000.

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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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