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Articles by Betsey Piette

Textbooks sit in warehouses

March 26, 2015

Philadelphia — Under the profit-driven capitalist system, billions of people struggle just for food and other basic necessities, yet corporations will stockpile or destroy what people need before they allow a glut to push down prices — and profits! This paradox of “hunger in the midst of [...]

Stop crude oil ‘bomb trains’

March 12, 2015

The 105-car train included 103 cars loaded with the crude oil, with eight derailing, south of Galena, Ill. March 5, 2015. March 7 — In the past three days, two trains carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in North America, one March 5 in northwestern Illinois near the Mississippi River and one [...]

Cops attack unity rally — against police brutality

March 3, 2015

Feb. 28 protesting the Dec. 30 police shooting of Jerame Reid in Bridgeton, N.J. Bridgeton, N.J. — A peaceful protest against police brutality outside the Cumberland County courthouse here on Feb. 28 was disrupted by an orchestrated police provocation that resulted in two people being [...]

Protesters ask, ‘Who killed Brandon Tate-Brown?’

February 16, 2015

Brandon Tate-Brown Philadelphia — Organizers of a “Philly after Ferguson” town hall meeting at the Catalyst for Change Church on Feb. 11 was billed as an opportunity for dialogue on community-police relations “in the post-Ferguson era.” Dozens of protesters in the largely [...]

Second near-disaster as shale oil train derails

February 4, 2015

Philadelphia — For the second time in just over a year, a train carrying Bakken Shale crude oil derailed in Philadelphia, again in an area where potential harm to surrounding communities could have been catastrophic for thousands of people. Eleven cars of a 111-car CSX train traveling from [...]

Tribute held for MOVE 9 member Phil Africa

February 2, 2015

Phil AfricaPhoto: A standing-room-only crowd gathered at the Kingsessing Recreational Center in Philadelphia on Jan. 31 for a celebration of the life of William Phillips, better known as Phil Africa. A MOVE 9 member, he died under suspicious circumstances at Pennsylvania’s SCI Dallas [...]

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 [...]
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