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The call was thundering: “If you don’t vote, you don’t count. If you’re not trying to solve the problem, you are a part of the problem.”

So opened the Oct. 19 “Get Out and Vote” rally, where more than 200 union workers, Democratic candidates and community members filled the parking lot of Local Union 332 to encourage North Philadelphians to vote Nov. 6.

In Gov. Tom Wolf’s three-and-a-half years as governor, he has expanded Medicaid throughout the state, giving an additional 720,000 Pennsylvanians access to healthcare. He also restored the $1-billion cut to education made under the previous Corbett administration and also signed legislation that established the state’s medical-marijuana program. In July, he established a statewide LGBTQ Commission, the only one of its kind in the country. 

Is prison like the television shows “Orange is the New Black” or “Oz”? I am asked this question when I tell someone I spent seven years of my life in prison. I have come to realize that people do not care if prison is oppressive and creates a cycle of violence — they are more eager to hear all the violent, sexual and gruesome stories I have to offer. I understand why people are curious about prison life, which is wrongly glamorized by Hollywood. However, as a gay man in prison, there is no TV show that could capture the raw experience of being incarcerated in America.

An Ohio couple has revived the tradition of Sunday tea dances, creating a safe space for a new generation.

A gloomy, rainy Sunday in September couldn’t stop what was originally planned as an outdoor tea dance among the trees and fountains of Washington Park in Cincinnati. The gay tradition, revived last year in Ohio by a couple who lost their go-to bar, simply moved across the street and indoors.

Few topics in American politics under President Trump elicit more controversy than immigration. The same was true in early 20th-century America, when waves of immigrants flooded Ellis Island, causing fears that the country would become “overrun with foreigners,” as Henry Cabot Lodge wrote in 1891. With open borders, 30-million Europeans moved to the U.S. between 1850 and 1913. By 1920, about 15 percent of the U.S. population was foreign-born — much as it is in 2018.

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