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Stop police harassment of Ferguson protest organizers

By 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 to curb police abuse and harassment, police appear […]

 

Town hall meeting builds resistance

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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 was organized by the Ferguson to Philly Emergency Response Network. The gathering included […]

 

Indict the whole rotten system

By 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 of Black and Brown youth. […]

 

Racism and the underfunding of Philadelphia schools

By 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 family’s weekly groceries. It was meant to provide books, postage, […]

 

Suit challenges law muzzling Mumia

By 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 Abolitionist Law Center, the Amistad Law Project and the Roderick and […]

 

Lawsuit challenges Mumia-muzzling act

By 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 Abolitionist Law Center, the Amistad Law Project and the Roderick and […]

 

Pennsylvania charged with ‘apartheid’ in higher education

By 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 and is unacceptable. Filed Oct. 29, the suit seeks to end decades-long racial discrimination against the historically Black […]

 

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

By 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 orden de mordaza para imposibilitar que los prisioneros puedan […]

 

Demonstrators drown out Pa. Gov. Corbett who signed ‘Silence Mumia Law’

By October 22, 2014
Pam Africa leads march. WW photo: Joseph Piette

Philadelphia, Oct. 21 — Lots of media were on hand today in Philadelphia to record the moment when Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett put his signature on the “Revictimization Relief Act” — dubbed the “Silence Mumia Law” by civil rights activists. But Corbett had a problem: None of the media could hear him speak. Nearly 50 protesters, standing a short distance away […]

 

State’s gag order vs Mumia Abu-Jamal silences all prisoners

By October 21, 2014
Mumia Abu-Jamal

Philadelphia — At a time when more and more convictions are being reversed and prisoners released because of improper, racist and even criminal actions by prosecuting attorneys, some of it exposed through DNA evidence, the state of Pennsylvania is rushing through a gag order to keep prisoners from being able to speak out to the […]

 
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