School Boards: Fascists and their collaborators don’t actually care about free speech

In an emotional performance on June 17th, a group of Pennsbury’s “concerned parents” and “taxpayers” echoed the same misleading and politicized rhetoric of right-wing media pundits, QAnon conspiracists, and religious fundamentalists. Nearly every speaker who criticized Pennsbury’s diversity initiative is a member of  “ReOpen Pennsbury”, a Facebook group linked to the broader “Reopen” movement. They shouted and screamed, declaring Pennsbury’s new diversity and equity initiatives to be “Critical Race Theory” or “CRT”. Many of them specifically targeted Pennsbury’s director of Diversity Equity & Education, Dr. Cherrissa Gibson. Continue reading School Boards: Fascists and their collaborators don’t actually care about free speech

Legal Aid Pleads With Judge Bateman: Stay Evictions Until Rental Relief is Processed

By Vincent Montoya-Armanios

On Friday, June 17, Legal Aid of Southeastern PA Managing Attorney Joshua Goldblum issued an open letter to President Judge Bateman requesting a stay of eviction proceedings for individuals with pending Bucks Emergency Rental Assistance (BERA) applications. The federal eviction moratorium (which many anticipate will not be extended) is set to expire on June 30. At that time, the courts are likely to begin executing eviction orders unless Judge Bateman accepts Legal Aid’s recommendations. Continue reading Legal Aid Pleads With Judge Bateman: Stay Evictions Until Rental Relief is Processed

Bensalem School District Holds Equity Summit, Frames Pursuit of Equity as Unifying Goal

By Vincent Montoya-Armanios Last night, around 80 people attended Bensalem School District’s Equity Summit, a showcase of surrounding school districts’ efforts to promote racial equity. The viewer count on the stream hovered around 60 people for most of the night.  The superintendents of Pennridge, Pennsbury, Abington, and Bensalem School Districts (all white men) touted the progress that had been made toward equity and the road … Continue reading Bensalem School District Holds Equity Summit, Frames Pursuit of Equity as Unifying Goal

A Vigil for Justice

By Mike Wood One year to the day after George Floyd’s murder, people across the nation and around the world gathered together for vigils. Here in lower Bucks County, one of those services was held in his honor, organized by members of Freedom Neighborhood One, and No More Pain, Inc. A diverse crowd gathered around the statue of Harriet Tubman in Bristol both to remember … Continue reading A Vigil for Justice

School Boards, Social Media “Influencers” and Indoctrination

By Ryan Cook The Bucks County Municipal primary election for school boards is tomorrow May 18th. Once again wealthy donors are taking advantage of Pennsylvania’s cross-filing laws to run candidates as both Republicans and Democrats. Undoubtedly, the pandemic has put a tremendous strain on students, parents and teachers. The states’ many failures to adequately support students and parents has left many feeling unheard.  In the … Continue reading School Boards, Social Media “Influencers” and Indoctrination

Bucks County Rental Assistance (BERA)

By: Jimmy Lamb This article will discuss what the Bucks Emergency Rental Assistance (BERA) is, who is eligible, and how to sign up. Real assistance is on the way! A program better than before, as stated by officials in county and state government. Previously, rental assistance through the CARES Act was stringent. The program turned away approximately 75% of renters and 25% of homeowners, and … Continue reading Bucks County Rental Assistance (BERA)

PA State Reps Introduce Water Ratepayer Rights Legislation

By Mike Wood You privatise away and then you make us pay We’ll take it back some day, mark my words, mark my words We’ll take it back some day, mark my words. -Billy Bragg A pair of bills in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives could make it more difficult for private utility companies to purchase public water and wastewater systems. HB97 was introduced by … Continue reading PA State Reps Introduce Water Ratepayer Rights Legislation

Bucks County Rising Exclusive: U.S. Senatorial Candidate Alexandria Khalil’s First Interview

By Vincent Montoya-Armanios In a wide-ranging two-hour interview, U.S. senatorial candidate Alexandria Khalil offered Bucks County Rising a first look at her beliefs and ideas. Alexandria Khalil is a Muslim, Palestinian-American Jenkintown Borough council member and Temple Law School graduate. Born in Hackensack, NJ, Khalil grew up in Queens, NY, and Glassboro, NJ. In 2016, she was elected as a Bernie Sanders delegate for Montgomery County. … Continue reading Bucks County Rising Exclusive: U.S. Senatorial Candidate Alexandria Khalil’s First Interview