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This is an urgent warning that the country’s big-corporate elite are about to try to push something called “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority through Congress, in preparation for pushing through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) corporate “investor rights” agreement. (Note that I did not write “trade agreement” because most of TPP is something else entirely.)
People need to “get it” about just how dangerous this is. Fast Track and the current TPP — as it appears to be negotiated — should be as much of an electoral test for progressives as Social Security is.
Dec 7 2013 - 11:30pm
Six people are dead and 14 injured after a building undergoing demolition fell onto a Salvation Army thrift store at 22nd and Market streets here on June 5. A 30-foot-high wall of heavy bricks fell through the busy main street storefront’s roof, subsequently causing the floor, the store’s contents, customers and staff to collapse into the basement.
Oct 21 2013 - 11:54am
‘Shorty’ – known to courts and counsel as James Denns – has been on
Death Row for over 20 years. Citing the 1973 Supreme Court case, Brady
v. Maryland, a federal judge in Philadelphia last month threw out his
murder conviction and death sentence. U.S. judge Anita Brody wrote, of
‘Shorty’, he “was wrongly convicted of murder, and sentenced to die for
crime which, in all probability, he did not commit.”
Sep 20 2013 - 7:29am
Our monthly protest against a drone command center in Horsham, PA also addressed the proposed bombing of Syria. Here's a 10 minute speech by President Obama where he sums up his case for bombing Syria in terms of international credibility when weapons like nerve gas are used. Rally at 50th and Baltimore. Deena Stryker's link to Assad interview. If/when the bombing starts, gather at 15th & Market at 4:30pm the next day to protest alongside Philly Against War.
Sep 2 2013 - 11:33am
Friday, August 16 marked the 40th consecutive day of a multi-ethnic statewide prisoner hunger strike initiated from inside the Security Housing Unit (SHU) of California's Pelican Bay State Prison. As the horror of solitary confinement comes under increasing scrutiny in the US and around the world, human rights activists are confronting this public health and safety epidemic from a variety of angles. One group, called Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) has challenged solitary confinement in US prisons by recently launching a Change.org petition asking the American Institute of Architects to amend its Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct to prohibit the design of spaces for killing, torture, and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.
Aug 17 2013 - 3:36pm
The crowd started out as a fairly modest gathering (Ultimately grew to 110 people). The wall and buildings in back of us are part of Fort McNair, where Major General Buchanan , who will make the final decision on Bradley Manning, is staying. If the decision is a good one and he acknolwedges that Manning is a legitimate whistleblower, then this will be our last demonstration on Manning's behalf. If not, we'll conduct at least one final one. Update: Good news and really bad news. The "aiding the enemy" charge was dismissed, but Manning got a sentence that could stretch to 138 years. Consider that "Bradley Manning’s alleged disclosures have exposed war crimes, sparked revolutions, and induced democratic reform. He is the quintessential whistleblower."
Jul 28 2013 - 6:22pm
PHILADELPHIA -- At a press conference this morning (June 17th) at the Bellevue hotel, a group of parents and Philadelphia School District employees began an indefinite fast in protest of deteriorating safety conditions in Philly’s public schools, including last week’s announcement that 3,783 school district workers would be laid off at the end of the school year. 24Jun2013 - Philadelphia schools hunger strike hits 8th day
Jun 17 2013 - 1:44pm
Good Afternoon Public School Advocates,
Over the past year, in forums, workshops, listening sessions, and through surveys, thousands of students, parents, community members and school staff voiced their desire for an educational system that provides a well-rounded education parallel to what affluent districts offer, but that also addresses the challenges that come with poverty. We understand that all of our schools must provide:
Jun 8 2013 - 6:26am
Yesterday, about 100 people came together to protest the planned opening of a drone command center at the Willow Grove Naval Air Station.
They brought a message-- Drones kill innocent people. A drone base could attack terrorists, even a dirty bomb, to the area. Activist and Viet Nam war vet Bill Perry asked, "Willow Grove, Warminster, Warrington-- do you want a dirty bomb here?"
May 27 2013 - 11:15am
Bubbies & Zaydes (Grandparents) for Peace in the Middle East has a peace vigil from 12-1 PM on the first and third Fridays of each month. Everyone is invited to come.
The goal is to encourage respect for people's rights, peace, and reconciliation in the Holy Land. It is held at the corner of 19th & JFK Boulevard.
May 5 2013 - 12:37am