Media Mentions

Activists call for end to ‘death by incarceration’

Activists call for end to ‘death by incarceration’

A movement of Pennsylvania activists are working to end the state’s policy of sentencing incarcerated people to life without the possibility of parole (LWOP). They have coined the term ‘death by incarceration’ to describe this cruel punishment. The activists held a...

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Teen vaccine consent bill introduced

Teen vaccine consent bill introduced

Legislation has been introduced in the state Assembly that would allow children age 14 and older to decide for themselves if they want childhood vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine. Introduced by Sen. Amanda Cappelletti, D-Delaware/Montgomery, Senate Bill 856 was...

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Was Occupy Wall Street More Anarchist or Socialist?

Was Occupy Wall Street More Anarchist or Socialist?

It feels most apt to mark the 10th anniversary of Occupy Wall Street by reviving a debate that is resistant to resolution, open to endless disagreement, and primed for messy expressions of political ideology. How very Occupy! If you had asked me at the time whether...

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Capitol Report

Capitol Report

Following is a listing of executive and legislative action for the week of Aug. 23. Both houses of the General Assembly were in summer recess at press time. The Pennsylvania Senate was scheduled to come back Sept. 20 and the state House of Representatives was set to...

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Jefferson Frankford nurses look to unionize

Jefferson Frankford nurses look to unionize

Nurses at Jefferson Frankford Hospital rallied outside the hospital on Friday morning, complaining about staffing shortages and calling on Jefferson to respect their federally protected right to pursue union representation. The nurses — carrying signs reading, “Safe...

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What Makes a Clever Hack?

What Makes a Clever Hack?

British technology writer Danny O’Brien, in 2003, interviewed people he considered to be the most productive folks he knew. This group included computer programmers who implemented simple and technical strategies to improve their work. For example, they would rely on...

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My District: Is Home to the Liberty Bell

My District: Is Home to the Liberty Bell

“My District” gives NCSL members a chance to tell us about life in the places they represent, from the high-profile events to the fun facts only locals know. Commissioned by the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1751, the Liberty Bell called legislators to session up until the...

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Structural reviews should be a local concern

Structural reviews should be a local concern

The tragedy that unfolded two weeks ago has led all of us to look inward with a simple question: Could what happened at Champlain Towers happen here? The answer is yes. The catastrophe in South Florida must be a lesson for us all. It must serve as a reminder that...

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