Street Talk

Have you been the victim of a crime?

James Burton
student | South Philadelphia
"One time somebody tried to steal my bike. I had it locked up outside my job. The person wasn't able to steal the bike. But they damaged the chain used to lock it. I didn't file any charges.”
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Should Center City's rainbow crosswalk be repainted to include brown and black stripes?

Stanley Breeland
healthcare consultant | North Philadelphia
"I'd like to see a community event to repaint the stripes, but leave the colors the same. As a black American, I'm not offended by the [current] colors. There are bigger battles to fight, considering the challenges we face."
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Are Trump-is-gay-for-Putin jokes funny?

Rebekah Horowitz
strategy consultant | South Philadelphia
“No. I think it’s cheap and stupid. As a society, we should be past that. There’s nothing inherently funny or insulting about men being in a same-sex relationship. And there certainly are other ways to mock Trump and Putin.”
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Should ICE be abolished?

Malcolm Burnley
writer | South Philadelphia
"Yes, ICE has many historical problems. It can't be salvaged. There's no way it can regain people's confidence. ICE strikes fear in people and doesn't make our country safer. It needs to be replaced with something more humane."
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Should the New York City Police Department apologize for its actions during the Stonewall uprising?

Emily Campbell
flight attendant | South Philadelphia
"Absolutely. It's never too late to apologize for something. The level of violence the police exerted was unconscion-able. It never should have happened. There was no reason for it. And I think the gesture would improve community relations with police."
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What's your opinion of PA state Rep. Brian Sims giving the finger to Vice President Mike Pence on Facebook?

Jay Baber
salesperson | South Philadelphia
"I wasn't a good thing. It's not a good image for the government. I don't think someone with that much power should be doing that. It shows he wasn't raised well. I wouldn't do something like that. It's not my demeanor."
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Should Pride parades revert back to being protest marches and demonstrations?

Izzy Castaldi
actor | Brooklyn, New York
“I would love to see Pride become more resistance-centered. I think it’s important to celebrate ourselves. But it’s also important to understand that much more work needs to be done for the marginalized people within the LGBT community — including trans people of color. We need to let people know we’re not OK with the current state of affairs.”
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What does it mean to you that Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain recently died due to suicide?

Isabella DeSandro
sales associate | Mayfair
“I was shocked. I really admire Kate Spade. I have a few of her clothing items. My friend heard about it right after some Kate Spade items [that] she purchased arrived in the mail. Unfortunately, people feel such pressure to keep up their brand and image that sometimes it results in suicide.”
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