Articles by Joseph Piette

Activist in Freddie Grey uprising acquitted

July 29, 2015

Morgan Malachi, one of hundreds of activists facing charges for having protested the Baltimore police killing of Freddie Grey, won an innocent verdict on July 23 in front of three dozen supporters from the Baltimore Peoples Power Assembly and the Philadelphia Coalition for Racial, Economic and [...]

Philadelphians march against police brutality

July 22, 2015

Twenty-two-year-old Tyree Carroll was stopped April 3 by Philadelphia police for riding his bicycle the wrong way on a one-way street. The stop escalated into a violent beating of the unarmed Black man by up to 24 cops, who charged him with assault and drug-related charges. A bystander released a [...]

‘Libertad!’ End detention of migrant families

July 15, 2015

Bern Township, Pa. — On one side of the road were 300 migrant workers, family members, and supporters from Philadelphia and as far away as Washington, D.C., Chicago and New York. Holding signs and banners while chanting slogans in Spanish and English, the boisterous crowd heard speakers criticize [...]

Festival honors Frank McQueen

June 9, 2015

WW photo: Joseph Piette A year ago on June 2, Frank McQueen was shot and killed by Chester, Pa., police. Since then, McQueen’s mother, Del Matthews, has been seeking justice and trying to get answers on why cops killed her son. Matthews organized a June 6 community festival dedicated to [...]

Mumia still in danger

May 27, 2015

Wadiya Jamal was finally allowed to visit her spouse, Mumia Abu-Jamal, on May 21. “He was in a wheelchair; his legs are swollen; his hands are blistered and dried up and they hurt,” Jamal told supporters after leaving SCI Mahanoy prison in Frackville, Pa. For a week starting May 12, the [...]

Manifestación exige justicia para Frank McQueen

May 19, 2015

Familiares, amigos y activistas de la Coalición Justicia REAL de Filadelfia, se reunieron el 9 de mayo en el lugar donde el 02 de junio de 2014, Frank McQueen fue ultimado por la policía de Chester, Pa. Delphine Matthews, la madre de McQueen, trajo un autobús escolar y varios autos llenos de [...]

Rally demands justice for Frank McQueen

May 14, 2015

Protesters demand answers, May 9.WW photo: Joseph Piette Chester, Pa. — Family, friends and Philly REAL Justice Coalition activists rallied on May 9 at the site of the June 2, 2014, police killing of Frank McQueen in Chester, Pa. Delphine Matthews, McQueen’s mother, brought a yellow school [...]

Philadelphia activists demand justice for Rekia Boyd

April 23, 2015

WW photo: Joseph Piette In response to the outrageous Chicago court decision exonerating the police in the killing of unarmed, 22-year-old Rekia Boyd, shot in the back of the head by Chicago police Officer Dante Servin, angry Philadelphia protesters on April 20 shut down rush-hour, Market Street [...]

Philadelphia marchers protest Ayotzinapa outrage

April 15, 2015

Some six months since 43 students disappeared in southern Mexico, their parents are traveling across the United States calling for justice. On Sept. 26 last year, the students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers’ College of Ayotzinapa were forcibly disappeared after a police attack, [...]

Activists demand no medical execution of Mumia Abu-Jamal

April 5, 2015

WW photo: Joseph Piette Frackville, Pa., April 3 — Car caravans carrying over 40 people travelled from Philadelphia and New York City today to SCI Mahanoy prison in Frackville, Pa., in an effort to save the life of Mumia Abu-Jamal. After months of medical neglect, this U.S. political prisoner, [...]
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