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Guilty…Freed…Honored – Nov 24, 2021


We Are Giving Thanks 

This holiday season, we are reminded that it’s not just bad things that come in threes.

Justice, change, and hope are a welcome trio this holiday week.

Just today, the three men who murdered Ahmaud Arbery were all found guilty. This verdict doesn’t bring back a life so horribly taken but it does restore some faith in our judicial system which has historically been biased against people of color. This Thanksgiving, we can look our children in the eyes and assure them that, in this decision, justice was served. 

After 43 years in prison, Kevin Strickland is a free man. He was set up by racist cops and sentenced by an all-White jury for a triple murder he did not commit. Whereas the system put him away decades ago, justice finally prevailed when the system reversed itself, giving us hope that real change is taking hold in our courtrooms.


Our local hero, Dr. Ala Sandford of the Black Doctors Consortium, has been nominated for the 2021 CNN Hero of the Year. This is a well-deserved honor for the woman who helped break the barrier on health disparities, saving countless Black Philadelphians from COVID deaths. Before you take your first bite of turkey, cast your vote and help get her the national honor she deserves.

We, and especially our children, have gone through an emotional roller coaster this year. 2021 started with a White-nationalist insurrection at the Capitol and today White murderers of a Black man are held to account. That difference is a reason to be thankful, knowing that change is taking hold in some corners of our democracy. It reminds us to share with our children the great words of Martin Luther King, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

Be there in support of the historical school funding case! Bring yourself or a whole group! to the Capitol steps on December 14th.

Panther Valley history classes have to use textbooks printed in 1997, which list Bill Clinton as president, because of unfair education funding. Follow us for more stunning trial revelations. 

William Penn students, with a little help from Children First, are sharing their experiences, frustrations, and hopes for future education funding on a great new student-run podcast, PENNding Funds.

Listen on iTunes, Spotify, or the William Penn website.

Vaccinating our children will get us closer to ending this pandemic and getting our kids back to a normal childhood.” 

Roy Wade, Jr., pediatrician at CHOP