As my colleague Rob Tornoe wrote yesterday, Philadelphia had a tough decision last night. After being the top television market for the first presidential debate, we had to choose between two of the city’s passions: democracy and football. Were you tuned in to Trump-Biden or Giants-Birds?

The Eagles got a last-minute victory last night, but we’ll have to wait a bit longer for the Trump-Biden winner. In the meantime, Philly activists are making plans for election week and my colleague Amy S. Rosenberg reports on the activity at a New Jersey ballot box.

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Coaches of a South Jersey football team were suspended for kneeling during the national anthem. Now people are threatening to quit the league.

The 8- and 9-year-old football players were lined up on the field for the national anthem. Then, a running back for the Gibbstown Falcons turned to his coach and told him he wanted to kneel. The player, coach, and an assistant took a knee, then, one by one, other players dropped down until almost the entire team knelt and held hands.

The coach, Rashad Thomas, told my colleague Ellie Rushing it was a beautiful moment — but a fleeting one. Soon, a group of parents in the stands began to yell profanities and demanded their children stand. Within hours, league board members had voted to suspend the team’s coaches and the fallout has only built in the weeks since.

The outcry caps weeks of tension after two youth teams — one mostly white, one mostly Black — from two fairly segregated South Jersey towns merged,” Rushing writes. It’s a moment that’s representative of how racial reckonings are being felt in every corner of the country.

How Philadelphia activists are planning ‘mass action’ for the days after the election

Dozens of progressive organizations are prepping protests for the days after the Nov. 3 election in case there’s voter intimidation, mail-in ballot invalidation, or other issues with the election, my colleague Anna Orso reports. It’s all part of a collective effort called “nobody comes for Philly” that pledges to “not rest until our state counts every vote.”

For Election Day itself, the Working Families Party is working with other national groups to recruit and train what they’re calling “election defenders.” There are more than 400 in Pennsylvania so far who are being taught “de-escalation” tactics in case there’s voter intimidation or “aggressive electioneering” at polls, according to the campaign director for the Election Defenders program.

Sweatpants, Eagles masks, and lots of yellow ballots: A day in the life of a New Jersey drop box

What do police officers, an assistant principal, a supervisor for a juice company, a teacher, a pair of environmental cleanup specialists, a hairstylist, a bookkeeper, and more all have in common?

They all visited the same ballot box in a small New Jersey town on the same day during what my colleague Amy S. Rosenberg calls “a monthlong festival of voting.”

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