All week DACA advocates have been settling into the realization that the young people they have watched grow up in the only country they've ever known are about to have even a tenuous, temporary excuse for support ripped away from them. That we are that kind of country now.
Thursday night, McPherson Square, in the heart of the opioid crisis, was filled with hope. It was there in the sheer numbers of people who turned out for a march to mourn the dead - over 900 last year - and bring attention to a crisis made catastrophic by stigma and shame.
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.