Articles by Betsey Piette

Police riot in Philadelphia, attack peaceful protesters

May 26, 2015

Released after 23 hours in Philly jails: Chananiah Maxwell, Andrea Jacome and Cindy Miller.WW photo: Joseph Piette At the start of the Memorial Day weekend, established to honor veterans, Philadelphia police demonstrated their “respect” by arresting a Black homeless veteran who had just been [...]

30th commemoration of MOVE bombing unites anti-police brutality forces

May 18, 2015

WW photo: Joseph Piette Right near the site where, about 30 years earlier, Philadelphia authorities had authorized the dropping of a bomb from a State Police helicopter on the MOVE compound, around 1,000 people rallied this May 13. The bomb contained military grade C-4. The resulting fire destroyed [...]

‘Muzzling Mumia’ law struck down

May 14, 2015

Mumia Abu-Jamal Philadelphia — Efforts to uphold state-sanctioned muzzling of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal and other prisoners seeking to speak out about their cases or any other issue were delivered a significant setback on April 28. Christopher Connor, chief judge for the federal [...]

Conference: ‘End wars at home and abroad’

May 14, 2015

Members of newly elected slate of USW 8751 with Pam Africa (center), May 9. Secaucus, N.J. — The United National Antiwar Coalition held its fourth national gathering in Secaucus, N.J., May 8-10 under the theme “Stop the Wars at Home and Abroad.” Over 400 delegates from the U.S. and Canada [...]

As Mumia’s condition worsens, demand his release to a hospital!

April 28, 2015

Mumia Abu-Jamal on April 24, 2015. Political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal’s health crisis is grave, and people everywhere are being asked to take immediate action to demand that the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections stop their attempt to murder him through medical neglect.  Key demands are that [...]

Gov’t report reveals extent of police shootings

April 2, 2015

Brandon Tate-Brown The ink had barely dried on a U.S. Department of Justice report made public on March 23 citing excessive police shootings in Philadelphia when police shot and wounded a 24-year-old man as he ran from them on March 24. The DOJ’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services [...]

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 [...]
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