Anna Orso, Philly Inquirer

Anna Orso

Philly Inquirer

Philadelphia, PA, United States

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Recent articles by Anna:

Courts said President Trump can’t block constituents on Twitter. What about Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale?

Gale has been targeted by protesters and a petition calling for his resignation since a controversial statement about Black Lives Matter in June. → Read More

Fishtown Zoom call devolves after police brass apologize but captain says ‘Black lives matter, white lives matter'

The 26th District hosted a call with community members Tuesday night to discuss the events of June 1, when dozens of armed, mostly white men roamed the streets hours past curfew as officers watched. → Read More

Police under fire for ‘coddling’ violent groups of white people in Fishtown, South Philly

“If there was today a Black Lives Matter protest where all the participants were carrying baseball bats, hammers, and other makeshift weapons, that protest wouldn’t make it 10 feet down the street.” → Read More

Philadelphia announces plans to remove Columbus statue after repeated violence at Marconi Plaza

The move comes a day after statue supporters brawled with protesters at the statue. → Read More

Officers detain protesters calling for Philly to defund police at Municipal Services Building

Protesters asked city officials to reduce law enforcement funding and instead bolster cash flow to programs supporting schools, housing, and jobs. → Read More

Protests, marches, and more Juneteenth commemorations continue Saturday in Philadelphia

Several marches and protests are planned Saturday, including one in honor of Breonna Taylor, killed by police in Louisville, and Dominique "Rem'mie" Fells, a Black transgender woman found dismembered in the Schuylkill River last week. → Read More

Philly Pride is normally marked by a parade. This year, the queer community will march for Black Lives.

In the wake of the killing of a black transgender woman, LGBTQ leaders are planning a march to “recommit to Pride.” → Read More

Crews covering base of Columbus monument at Penn’s Landing as nonprofit considers removal

The statue has sat at its current location since 1992. → Read More

Why Philly parents are bringing their kids to protests against police brutality and racism

“You think, I don’t understand, so how could they possibly? But kids get it. And they get it so much more than what we think," said Melvina Williams, a West Philadelphia mother who organized a family-friendly “Justice for George” rally in Clark Park. → Read More

Why the Supreme Court’s decision on LGBTQ workers is a huge deal for Pennsylvania

The high court ruled a landmark civil rights law protects Americans from discrimination in the workplace based on gender identity and sexual orientation. → Read More

Peaceful protests continue in Philly as demonstrators demand an end to police funding

in Lower Merion, two 7-year-old boys who just finished first grade organized a march to support the Black Lives Matter movement → Read More

Peaceful protests continue in Philly as demonstrators demand an end to police funding

in Lower Merion, two 7-year-old boys who just finished first grade organized a march to support the Black Lives Matter movement → Read More

Police Athletic League removes Frank Rizzo’s name from Port Richmond center

The move came after a statue of the former police commissioner and mayor was removed from Center City. → Read More

8 days of Philadelphia protest: How George Floyd changed a city 1,100 miles away

For eight straight days, Philadelphians took to the streets to protest police brutality. What began with chaos ended with peace. Every day since, they have said his name: George Floyd. → Read More

A day after some Fishtown residents’ show of force, protesters marched through the neighborhood

The protest came 24 hours after dozens of men armed with baseball bats and hammers guarded the police precinct. → Read More

Philly police stood by as men with baseball bats “protected” Fishtown. Some residents were assaulted and threatened.

“We tolerated it last night for too long, and that was a mistake," Mayor Jim Kenney said Tuesday. → Read More

After being targeted by protesters, Frank Rizzo statue to be moved within ‘a month or so,’ Mayor Kenney says

The statue of the former mayor has long been a flash point amid racial tensions in Philadelphia. → Read More

Peaceful Philly protests over George Floyd’s death give way to violence, looting, arrests

At least 13 officers were injured and 35 arrested. City officials and clergy pleaded for calm, attributing most of the violence to “outside agitators” and not the nonviolent demonstrators. Still, Mayor Jim Kenney imposed an 8 p.m. curfew, and police, many in riot gear, sought to clear the streets. → Read More

Peaceful Philly protests over George Floyd’s death give way to violence, looting, arrests

At least 13 officers were injured and 35 arrested. City officials and clergy pleaded for calm, attributing most of the violence to “outside agitators” and not the nonviolent demonstrators. Still, Mayor Jim Kenney imposed an 8 p.m. curfew, and police, many in riot gear, sought to clear the streets. → Read More

N.J. churches sue governor over pandemic restrictions as coronavirus continues to sicken and kill

Falling daily numbers of cases and deaths in many areas have created hope, but more than a dozen states have seen rising counts, and some places that celebrated their reopening are now scaling back. → Read More