Village Voice, 1996: PW tapped into the amazing story of homeless activist Cheri Honkala very early on. She transformed the lives of the poor in Philadelphia. This was an example of the alt press covering a story that wasn't seen elsewhere.
Rowhouse Raid, 1985: MOVE was the biggest nationally covered Philly story since the bicentennial in 1976. The Welcomat highlighted what it called the lack of "human decency" on the part of the mayor. A lot of people felt the MOVE folks deserved what came to them, on some level. The Welcomat didn't buy it.
The paper you now hold in your hands, PW, has been around for 40 years—more or less. Like most media stories, it’s a bit more complicated than that. No matter the changes, though, there is a through line in the paper’s history: a renegade spirit and a determination to give voices to the voiceless.