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  • David Wood | 03-20

    How do we begin to accept that Nick Rudolph, a thoughtful, sandy-haired Californian, was sent to war as a 22-year-old Marine and in a desperate gun battle outside Marjah, Afghanistan, found himself killing an Afghan boy? That when Nick came home, strangers thanked him for his service and politicians lauded him as a hero?
  • Deena Stryker | 03-01

    As the Ukraine descends into armed combat between the police of a legitimate government and Neo-Nazi thugs with European backers, it’s none to soon to be talking about fascism. After defeating German, Italian and Japanese fascism that threatened American power in the mid twentieth century, Washington turned against its former ally, the Soviet Union, and then China, when the Communists won their struggle for power there in 1949; for Communism was the real enemy of corporate power! Sixty-five years later, fascism is resurgent, overtly in Europe, covertly in the United States.
  • Occupy Philly Daily Happenings | 01-12

    Thursday, January 16, 7:00pm The Bombing of Osage Avenue: Free Screening @ LAVA, 4134 Lancaster Ave. (43 bus or 10 trolley to 41st street) "The Bombing of Osage Avenue" a 1986 documentary film. "Describes the confrontation between Philadelphia Police and members of the MOVE organization on Mother's Day, 1985, which left 11 men, women and children members of MOVE dead and 61 homes destroyed by fire.
  • Randy LoBasso | 12-29

    Pennsylvania’s next governor could ban fracking all together. That governor could enact a more progressive income tax and shift funds from prisons to education; expand solar tax credits and attempt to enact local, community currencies. That governor could be a person who once walked from the United States’ east coast to its west coast to write a book. Meet Paul Glover. He’s a former Temple professor residing in Northwest Philly who’s interested in jumping into the mix on the Green Party ticket. Already an activist in Philadelphia, he tells me Green Party candidacies are still relevant in Pennsylvania, as a means to introduce new ideas. (1)
  • Homeland Security Degree Guide | 12-12

    The American love affair with drones (officially called unmanned aerial vehicles) extends to both military and law enforcement uses. The U.S. isn’t the only country that uses drones, but it is the most regular user in the world.
  • Bonnie Kerness, MSW | 12-03

    My early observations of oppression in this country began when I was 12 watching television and seeing children of African descent my age in the South being hosed by police and bitten by dogs for trying to go to school. I spent ten years in the civil rights movement in Tennessee, then moved north and began working with the American Friends Service Committee, the social action arm of the Religious Society of Friends, the Quakers, who have a 300-year history of commitment in human rights issues with prisoners. I serve as a human rights advocate on behalf of men, women and children in prison throughout the US, coordinating the Prison Watch Project for the AFSC in Newark. Many of the men, women and children that I take testimony from call their imprisonment “the war at home”. From arrest, to sentencing, to the conditions of confinement in prison, racial profiling is practiced and the economic and political use of prisons is the law of the land.
  • Yves Smit | 11-16

    We wrote yesterday that this deal, the Trans Pacific Partnership, already looked to be in trouble given both Congressional and foreign opposition. The Administration has conducted the talks with an unheard-of degree of secrecy, with Congressional staffers in most cases denied access to the text and even Congressmen themselves facing unheard-of obstacles (Alan Grayson reported that the US Trade Representative created an absurd six weeks of dubious delays in his case).
  • José M. López Sierra | 10-10

    Francis Torres wrote this outstanding article about Oscar Lopez Rivera. It contains the latest developments in the intensification of the pressure to free Oscar from 32 years of imprisonment for wanting to decolonize Puerto Rico. I am so proud of this young writer who wrote so eloquently about Oscar's comparison to Nelson Mandela. (1)
  • "Free Terrell Scott" | 09-21

    A friend of ours, Terrell Scott, has been sitting in prison without a trial for four years. He has been put on suicide watch, and does not receive adequate treatment for pre-existing mental illness. At this stage, he desperately needs some public support and advocacy.
  • advocacy | 09-03

    Over the last year, a religious antipoverty organization has met with U.S. Treasury and White House officials to encourage them to declare the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad an illegitimate government. This action would impose restrictions on lending to Syria that supports its military or the needs of the Assad regime. When governments or financial institutions make this declaration it lets lenders know that if they lend to Syria they may not receive a return on their investment. Types of lending and financing that could be affected are arms contracts with Russia and oil investment from Iran.
  • Jon Walker | 08-27

    The United States is likely to take military action in Syria and as best as I can tell the only real justification for this move is for President Obama to save face.
  • Rev. Al Sharpton | 08-22

    When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led the historic 'March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom' at the nation's capital in 1963, I was only eight years old. His son, Martin Luther King III, was going on six. Even though we were just children at the time, both of us understood the significance of that moment and have dedicated our lives since to advancing the fight for civil rights. This Saturday, August 24th, we will lead the 'National Action to Realize the Dream' rally back where it all began in Washington, D.C. As a new generation that grew up in the aftermath of the '60s movement, we've worked diligently to make Dr. King's dream a reality.
  • Rich Gardner | 08-11

    “Every dog deserves two bites” - Admiral Chester W. Nimitz

    Has Larry Summers already had his “two bites”? I would argue that yes, he has, and that he doesn't deserve any more. First bite is his role in the economic crisis that began with the collapse of the housing bubble in late 2007:
  • Occupy Democracy | 07-30

    The fight against the United States Postal Service continues. While the Post Office looks for ways to save itself, Republicans, led by Representative Darrell Issa, continue to look for ways to destroy it. Representative Issa, leader of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, now wants to end all at-home delivery by the year 2022.
  • Greg Palast | 06-25

    They might as well have burned a cross on Dr. King's grave. The Jim Crow majority on the Supreme Court just took away the vote of millions of Hispanic and African-American voters by wiping away Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.