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A movement in Philadelphia to rise from poverty, end mass incarceration—and run Republicans out

August 07, 2019
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Alexandra Arriaga

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Independents are on the rise in Philly. Could they actually win a City Council seat?

Aug. 1, 2019
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Max Marin

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10 third-party candidates file petitions for November ballot

July 31, 2019
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Michael D’Onofrio

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

July 12, 2019
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Sean Collins Walsh

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Lou Barletta, out of Congress but still into immigration policy, wants to build that wall

August 2, 2019
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Jonathan Tamari, Chris Brennan and Sean Collins Walsh

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POLS ON THE STREET: GOP Plans a Counter to Wolf’s ‘Restore PA’

July 26, 2019
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JOE SHAHEELI

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Protesters demand Philadelphia stop sharing arrest info with ICE

July 5, 2019
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Jeff Gammage

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Pottstown packs punch at fair funding rally in Harrisburg

June 14, 2019
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Evan Brandt

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Protesters call for more action over Philadelphia police officers' social media posts

June 8, 2019
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John Rawlins

Nicolas O'Rourke with the interfaith group Power says officers are suppose to be patrolling the streets and keeping people safe. But actually, "Talk about us like we are dogs, animals, apes, and gorillas."

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EP 2 Nicolas O’Rourke-Sacred Activism

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CAIR-Philadelphia Interfaith Press Conference on Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre Receives Wide Media Coverage

October 30, 2018
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Cherri Gregg

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Philadelphia police raid Occupy ICE camp on fourth day of protest

July 5, 2018
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Emily Rolen

"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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Outrage grows over arrests of 2 black men in Philadelphia Starbucks

April 16, 2018
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SAMANTHA MELAMED AND CASSIE OWENS

"Which side are you on?" the Rev. Nicolas O'Rourke, of the Living Water United Church of Christ, bellowed in song, as the group chimed in: "I'm on the justice side."

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Justice and Gerrymandering: Faith Perspectives on Redistricting Reform

February 4, 2018

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Benefit concert, Watch Night for Racial Justice, on New Year’s Eve

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

October 6, 2017
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Samaria Bailey

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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Video: Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner Announces New Probation Policy to Reduce Mass Incarceration

March 21, 2017

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Philly cop joins director for planned project on issues raised by Black Lives Matter

October 8,2016
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Jan Hefler

O'Rourke said mass incarceration is another problem, because there now are "more people of color in jail than there were slaves in 1850." He said 60 percent of those who are imprisoned are awaiting trial, and African Americans are disproportionately arrested.

"We're not against police, but we're anti-police brutality," he said.

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POWER holds Racial Justice Rally

September 30, 2016
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Samaria Bailey

“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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Combating & Surviving Racism Conversation Series: Featuring Rev. Nicolas O'Rourke from POWER

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

December 7, 2014
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Annie McCormick

"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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