Citizen Events Year In Review

We painted a mural and threw a party to celebrate. We invited a spectrum of American leaders who are working to fix our democracy, our media, our city government, and our city.

By Lauren McCutcheon

Listen: Ali Velshi on Zelensky’s Appeal to U.S. History

The Ukrainian president likened the situation in his country to two battles fought by Americans. MSNBC Host and Citizen Board Member Ali Velshi explains that both of these were turning points against an autocratic regime

By Ali Velshi

George Santos Needed a Better Job Interview

A longtime university president laments that lying has become normative in American politics — and thinks The Philadelphia Citizen has an idea to change it

By Elaine Maimon

Ideas We Should Steal 2022 Recap: What We Learned at the Ideas We Should Steal Festival

Our 5th annual festival last week featured luminaries in the arts, politics, media and justice. Here, some solutions we should adopt

By Lauren McCutcheon and Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal Festival 2022: Saving Democracy with Andrew Yang

The former presidential candidate talks with WashPo’s Jennifer Rubin, former RNC Chair Michael Steele and MSNBC’s Ali Velshi at our Ideas We Should Steal Festival Thursday

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Vote for School Boards That Protect Democracy

A long-time college president sees a cautionary tale in the recent Pennridge (Bucks County) school board vote to scale back social studies

By Elaine Maimon

Hey, Philly! Let’s Hire a Mayor!

In less than one year, Philadelphians will elect our city’s 100th mayor. How about this time we citizens play the role of employer?

By Jessica Blatt Press

Good Neighbors Support Democracy

The midterm elections proved Americans — Philadelphians especially — can be good neighbors. Here’s to keeping the neighborly spirit going, especially among civic leaders and in higher education.

By Elaine Maimon