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Articles by Betsey Piette

Phil Africa ¡Presente!

January 13, 2015

MOVE 9 member Phil Africa died in prison on Jan. 10 under what family members are calling “suspicious circumstances.” Six days earlier, Africa reportedly wasn’t feeling well and went to the prison infirmary in the State Correctional Institution at Dallas, Pa. MOVE members who drove to [...]

Stop police harassment of Ferguson protest organizers

December 11, 2014

Philadelphia — As protests continue to spread across the U.S. and around the world in response to police brutality and epidemic murders of unarmed Black and Brown people, it is becoming increasingly clear that just trying to reform policing practices won’t be enough. Rather than taking measures [...]

Town hall meeting builds resistance

December 11, 2014

Philadelphia, Dec. 2.WW photo: Joseph Piette Philadelphia — “What the next steps in building resistance to police brutality will be” was the topic of a historic town hall meeting here on Dec. 2, as around 400 people filled the sanctuary at the Calvary United Methodist Church. The event [...]

Indict the whole rotten system

December 3, 2014

No one was really surprised that Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch failed to get a St. Louis County grand jury to indict Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9. It is rare that police officers are held accountable for the murders [...]

Racism and the underfunding of Philadelphia schools

November 24, 2014

Betsey PietteWW photo: Brenda Ryan Betsey Piette, of the Philadelphia branch of Workers World Party, gave this talk at the WWP national conference, held on Nov. 15-16 in New York City. In 2014, the discretionary budget for one Philadelphia elementary school was just $160 — roughly the cost of a [...]

Suit challenges law muzzling Mumia

November 20, 2014

Attorneys representing political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal filed a lawsuit in federal court in Harrisburg, Pa., on Nov. 10 seeking to overturn a Pennsylvania censorship bill that had been quickly passed in October and then signed into law by outgoing Gov. Tom Corbett. The Pittsburgh-based [...]

Lawsuit challenges Mumia-muzzling act

November 15, 2014

Attorneys representing political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal filed a lawsuit in federal court in Harrisburg, Pa., on Nov. 10 seeking to overturn a Pennsylvania censorship bill that had been quickly passed in October and then signed into law by outgoing Gov. Tom Corbett. The Pittsburgh-based [...]

Pennsylvania charged with ‘apartheid’ in higher education

November 4, 2014

WW photo: Joseph Piette A coalition of Cheyney University supporters filed a major federal civil rights lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The suit charges that PASSHE’s “separate but equal” education constitutes apartheid [...]

Orden de mordaza contra Mumia Abu-Jamal silencia todos los prisioneros

October 28, 2014

Filadelfia —Ahora cuando más y más condenas están siendo revocadas  y las/os prisioneros puestos en libertad debido a las acciones impropias, racistas e incluso criminales de los fiscales, algunos casos expuestos a través de pruebas de ADN, el estado de Pensilvania se apresura por pasar una [...]
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