The moment for Jessica Nunez had come. She was about to take the stand to testify against the man who she believes destroyed her family. She and her sister Laura had been working with their parents and aunt that night in 2011 in the family bodega in West Philadelphia. Two gunmen burst in for the contents of the cash register. They spared only Jessica and Laura.
Bernard Gollotto unloaded his boxes of baseball cards onto folding tables in the gray Black Friday morning. Ninth Street in South Philly was quiet. People were home lumbering through food comas or elbowing it out in the big-box stores along Delaware Avenue.
We had our days to mourn. Now we have to get moving. And not to Canada. We have a lot of work on our hands over the next four years. To protect those with the most to lose in the Time of Trump: immigrants, Muslims, minorities, women, the LGBT community, anyone who cares about the economy, the future of democracy, or enjoys living on Planet Earth, since Donald Trump has appointed a climate-change denier to head up his EPA transition team.
Her homeroom students would arrive in five minutes, and Jaclyn Smith-Spade was still fighting back the tears. The literature and ESL teacher at the Community Academy of Philadelphia, a K-12 charter school in Harrowgate, did not want to show her despair over the election of Donald Trump. Not in front of her kids.
Sinatra was playing, the Scotch was flowing and the man of the evening, our high-living, hard-to-pin-down district attorney, was patting the stogie stuffed into his suit breast pocket - a Perdomo Champagne, his favored brand of the moment - and happily working the crowd.
Mike Newall has been writing for the Inquirer since 2010. Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., he has been writing about Philadelphia crime, courts, politics, and neighborhoods since 2003. Before joining the Inquirer, he was a staff writer and columnist for Philadelphia Weekly and Philadelphia City Paper. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and dog.