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Philadelphia teachers’ seniority rights stripped away

By April 18, 2014
WW photo: Joseph Piette

After failing to settle a contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers for over nine months, on March 24 the Philadelphia School Reform Commission dropped a bombshell by announcing plans to eliminate seniority in hiring. Claiming that the establishment of the SRC in 2001 gave them the power to “unilaterally impose new work rules,” school […]


$15 and a union!

By April 10, 2014
April 3 protest at McDonald’s restaurant in Philadelphia.WW photo: Joseph Piette

Philadelphia — Low-wage workers and their supporters gathered outside a McDonald’s restaurant here on April 3 for the second time in two weeks to challenge the megacorporation’s theft of workers’ wages and its negative treatment of employees and customers alike. Both demonstrations were organized by “Fight for $15” and called for a union for the […]


All out for Mumia Abu-Jamal’s 60th birthday

By April 8, 2014
Mumia Abu-Jamal

Philadelphia — On April 24, political prisoner and world-renowned journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal turns 60. He has spent over half his life in solitary confinement on Pennsylvania’s death row, and most recently, since early 2012, he has been in general population at SCI Mahanoy where he still faces life in prison despite ample evidence of his innocence. In […]


Free Mumia 60th birthday events

By March 2, 2014
Political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal

A broad coalition of individuals and organizations committed to seeing political prisoner and world renowned journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal released from prison will hold a series of events to celebrate his 60th birthday in Philadelphia from April 24 to 26. The kick-off event on April 24 will be a special program dedicated to the late Black […]


Why Debbie Dogskin died

By February 14, 2014
The Fort Yates, North Dakota, mobile home where Debbie Dogskin was found dead of exposure to extreme cold. The temperature inside was -1 degree Fahrenheit and the propane tank was empty.

As propane prices soar, 25 states have declared an energy emergency, but it came too late for Debbie Dogskin. And it’s not just the extreme cold that puts thousands of poor people at risk. Debbie Dogskin, an Indigenous woman in her fifties, froze to death in a mobile home after the propane tank ran dry. […]


Drilling industry tramps on anti-fracking activist’s rights

By February 4, 2014
Vera Scroggins

Northeast Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale is ground zero for the impact of hydraulic fracturing — fracking — on rural communities. The process involves injecting millions of gallons of water and sand laden with toxic and carcinogenic chemicals deep into underground shale formations to release natural gas. Marcellus Shale is typical of many economically depressed regions in the U.S. where fracking has occurred. With […]


Shale oil train derails in Philly

By February 1, 2014
Derailed train dangles over West Philadelphia.WW photo: Joseph Piette

Philadelphia — On Jan. 20, seven cars of a mile-long freight train operated by CSX Corporation and carrying Bakken Shale crude oil, derailed on a bridge over the Schuylkill River in West Philadelphia. The densely populated area nearest the bridge is home to two major universities, two hospitals, plus thousands of apartment buildings and residential […]


Philadelphia police assault of Black youth sparks outrage

Darrin Manning

Philadelphia — Before her students left Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School to play in a basketball game, Victoria Joyner gave them all hats and scarves to wear because the temperature on Jan. 7 was in the single digits. A short while later, one of the students, 16-year-old Darrin Manning, was brutalized by the Philadelphia […]


Court strikes down Pennsylvania voter ID law

By January 25, 2014

Civil rights activists in Pennsylvania won a victory on Jan. 17 when the state’s Commonwealth Court judge, Bernard L. McGinley, struck down that portion of a repressive state law that requires voters to show photo identification at the polls. The ruling followed nearly two years of litigation and hundreds of protests statewide by the bill’s opponents. The plaintiffs, including […]


Press conference, protest challenge Fox News over Abu-Jamal case

By January 21, 2014
Political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal

On Jan. 17, dozens of people gathered for a press conference and protest outside Fox News in Philadelphia to denounce the attacks of Fox analysts and the Fraternal Order of Police on political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal and on Debo Adegbile, President Barack Obama’s nominee to the U.S. Department of Justice, because of Adegbile’s legal advocacy […]