Continuously Making a Point in the Community

By Jon Dowding Photo via Prevention Point Philadelphia.  On a rainy Thursday afternoon just after 3 p.m., three schoolchildren pass two small vans on their way home, where a line of people wait to trade their dirty needles for clean ones. The children just ignore it with practiced indifference.   At the corner of North 11th … More Continuously Making a Point in the Community

Discussions First, Bickering Second

By Jon Dowding Photo via The Temple News.  Laughter from the audience and a relaxed atmosphere do not appear in a typical debate. Yet the October 19 Philadelphia mayoral debate between Republican Melissa Murray Bailey and Democrat Jim Kenney was characterized by what the current presidential candidates lacked, a focus on the issues and scarcity of … More Discussions First, Bickering Second

I Loved Her Fiercely

By Jon Dowding Photo via Temple University.  A colored girl, dressed in red, stands center stage retelling the story of how a father killed his own two children. Surrounding her are other colored women, dressed, in varying hues of the rainbow, who listen painfully to her tale. When she reaches the climax of her story, she … More I Loved Her Fiercely