Healing Our City: Unpacking and Undoing the Harm of the Rizzo Administration — A Conversation with Movement Leaders

Frank Rizzo among Philadelphia cops
Thursday, January 20, 2022 - 12:00pm


A Live Conversation With Movement Leaders


The first in a series of televised conversations related to the Retrospective, this program features Director Robert Mugge’s documentary Amateur Night At City Hall (1978, 75 min), an award winning and critically acclaimed documentary film that carefully chronicles the meteoric rise of Frank L. Rizzo from cop on the beat, to law-and-order Police Commissioner, to Mayor of America's fourth largest city. A historical gem, the film illustrates key events in Rizzo's controversial career while capturing the essence of Philadelphia's reputation as a city of neighborhoods.

A panel of movement leaders will use the film as a jumping-off point to discuss how to counteract the oppressive legacy of Rizzo’s law and order policing and what groundbreaking work is being done to reform the city’s criminal justice system. Panelists will discuss their work to end cash bail, end mass incarceration, promote police accountability and remove symbols of oppression like the Rizzo mural in South Philly and statue across from City Hall.


Panelists include Kris Henderson or Nikki Grant (Amistad Law Project), Candace McKinley (Philadelphia Community Bail Fund), and Reuben Jones (Frontline Dads). The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Linn Washington (Temple University).

Watch/Listen: In Philadelphia on Xfinity TV channels 66/966HD, Fios TV channels 29/30 with an audio simulcast on WPPM 106.5 FM, or listen online. Worldwide on Roku, Apple TV, and streaming online.

The panel discussion will be rebroadcast on PhillyCAM TV this evening at 9:45 PM.


This screening is part of Philadelphia Stories RETROSPECTIVE: A 20th Anniversary Look Back, celebrating an ambitious television series that aired on WYBE TV 35 for eight seasons from 2001 to 2011 and chronicled Philadelphia through the eyes of independent filmmakers and community storytellers.