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We asked 17 community members their thoughts on the police brutality protests, policing, the city’s budget, and potential solutions

Over the past few months, the coronavirus pandemic and then national protests against police brutality and anti-Black racism have dominated the news cycle and civilian conversations, as well as, placed pressure on politicians for systemic change. 

In order to document Kensington’s diverse perspectives, we asked community members a set of questions about the current state of Kensington and Philadelphia as a whole. By regularly publishing community voices, we hope to better understand the experiences of residents in the Kensington-area and for the public and those in power to hear what people need.

This first round of responses includes 17 interviews that were conducted either in-person, which includes a cleanup led by New Kensington CDC and other community partners along Kensington and Allegheny avenues, or over email from June 2 to June 12.  Our 17 participants consist of parents, business owners, community members and the neighborhood’s City Councilmembers. 

If you would like to participate in future community responses, send us an email at

Editor’s note: The responses have been lightly edited for clarity and conciseness.

Editors: Zari Tarazona, Claire Wolters, Siani Colón / Designer: Henry Savage

What did you think about this story? Send a note to, and we’ll consider publishing it in our Voices section. You can also tell us what you think in person at our neighborhood events.