Workers World: “Protests across U.S. hit Trump’s attack on Palestine”

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  My first dispatch to Workers World, on the subject of the December 8th, 2017 protests in Philadelphia against President Trump’s decision to move the US embassy in Occupied Palestine from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. After many years of reading Workers World, it’s kinda surreal to see my name listed as one of the contributors. I couldn’t be prouder of our Philadelphia comrades, and that my first dispatch to WW was about how our city stands with Palestine. This is… Read More

Establish Magazine Presents: My Interview With Pete

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I moved to Madrid in the summer of 2011. Before I did so, I went to Michael’s at 40th and Spruce in Philadelphia to get a haircut from Pete Colabelli. But this wasn’t just an errand I had to run before packing my things and getting a cab to the airport. What you have to understand is that when my dad was working at the University of Pennsylvania in the 80s, he started going to Michael’s, the shop named after Pete’s father… Read More

“Philadelphia District Attorney Makes History with Priest Indictment”

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This reporting from August 2012 originally appeared in Philadelphia’s Establish Magazine.   Monsignor William Lynn is one of a kind. As Secretary of Clergy under Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua from 1992-2004, Lynn was tasked with the job of investigating allegations of sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests for the purpose of protecting parishioners from repeat offenders. Two decades after his appointment, William Lynn may well become a household name because he’ll be the first clergyman in history to be indicted on… Read More

Philly’s New Outdoor Smoking Ban Aimed at “Changing Social Norms”

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This reporting from July2012 originally appeared in Philadelphia’s Establish Magazine.   Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has signed an executive order declaring that outdoor recreation centers are now smoke-free areas. In an announcement made on May 23rd, the Mayor said the measure is meant to “reduce exposure to second-hand smoke, give smokers another reason to quit, and decrease the likelihood that children see adults smoke.” “We’re making this change so that recreation spaces can be healthier, safer, and cleaner for the… Read More

Maryland SNAP Director Announces Investigation Into Catholic Crimes Against Humanity

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Original reporting on behalf of Establish Magazine in September of 2011. Photography by Bethany Runkel.   Outside the Philadelphia archdioceses headquarters last month, Maryland SNAP director David Lorenz had a bold message for the Catholic clergy. “[The Survivors’ Network for those Abused by Priests] formally urged the International Criminal Court prosecutor to investigate the Vatican for crimes against humanity …charging that Vatican officials tolerate and enable the systematic and widespread concealing of rape and child sex crimes throughout the world.”… Read More