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Articles by Joseph Piette

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, [...]

Philadelphia adjuncts march for union rights

February 28, 2015

Temple adjuncts andsupporters march, Feb. 23.WW photo: Joseph Piette Philadelphia — Temple University adjunct faculty, tenured and nontenured, as well as students marched for justice on Feb. 23 despite frigid weather. Half of Temple’s faculty are adjunct part-time professors, at-will [...]

Philadelphia: Vigil for three killed in Carolina

February 13, 2015

Some 100 students and community members came out despite frigid weather for a vigil on Feb. 12 in Philadelphia. They gathered at the base of Temple University’s Bell Tower in solidarity with Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha, three Muslim students who were murdered two days [...]

NYPD charged with illegally targeting Muslims

January 24, 2015

WW photo: Joseph Piette Over 100 people rallied and heard testimony in Philadelphia Federal Court on Jan. 13 in support of Muslim civil rights and against surveillance by the New York Police Department based on religion. The case against the NYPD’s warrantless surveillance program was argued by [...]
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