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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 […]

 

Pennsylvania legislature tries to stop Mumia Abu-Jamal from speaking

By October 11, 2014
Mumia Abu-Jamal

  More often than not college commencement speakers are corporate CEOs, bankers or politicians — the people who will exercise control over students’ futures by exploiting their labor, piling mountains of student loan debt on them or starting endless wars that threaten the very futures of them and their families. On Oct. 5, graduates of […]

 

Peoples Climate March protesters say: ‘We know who is responsible’

By September 23, 2014
Anti-imperialist contingent at massive New York march, Sept. 21. WW photo: Joseph Piette

Activists in over 2,808 cities in 166 countries participated on Sept. 21 in the first international Peoples Climate March. The events took place two days before more than 120 world leaders will convene for the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City on Sept. 23 to plan for a new global climate treaty in 2015. By […]

 

Planet’s warming caused by capitalism

By September 20, 2014

Over the last few years numerous scientific studies have reported that the pace of global climate change is accelerating and, unless immediate action is taken, may be irreversible. The most recent report by the United Nations meteorological advisory body sounded the alarm that concentrations of major greenhouse gas emissions reached historic levels in 2013 — […]

 
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