They are closing nearly 10% of Philadelphia schools, causing massive over crowding for next year because Republicans chose to build a $400 million prison. The schools they are closing would cost a fraction of that. 81% of the students losing their schools are black and 93% are poor. They are specifically targeting schools with high graduation rates in black neighborhoods. After all, if you dismantle public schools to build prisons, the school to prison pipeline is that much easier as is the Republican plan to take the right to vote away from black and poor citizens. They are also massively firing teachers in the hopes of breaking the teacher’s union and further dismantling the middle class, which is also an important ideological goal. As with Chicago, this is clearly a choice to use a manufactured crisis to destroy the public school system because rich Republicans have a vested interest in maintaining a permanent underclass.
An impaired crane operator in Philly collapsed a building killing six a few days ago. He’s under arrest.
I don’ follow Philadelphia politics closely since I don’t live there any more, but whenever I see Mayor Nutter he is doing something to make the world a better place. I teared up a little reading this article. The Philadelphia of my teens was one where cops hunted gay men for sport. The police are still refusing to investigate the case of a trans woman who accepted a ride home from police, but they murdered and dumped her on a street corner. I’m used to Philly being enemy territory. It is a huge fucking deal that they are taking major steps to make government jobs fairer and safer. This looks like the sort of progress I didn’t expect to see in my lifetime.
Now if they’ll start investigating murders and prosecuting murderers, I’ll be happy.
And people ask me why I hate Philadelphia so much that I only go back for Weddings, hospitalizations, and Funerals. It’s her I think of every time I say, “I don’t feel safe there.”