Justice for Christian Hall

On December 30th, 2020, Christian Hall, a 19-year-old Chinese-American, was suffering from a mental health emergency. The Pennsylvania State Police were called to help Christian. The incident ended with Troopers shooting and killing him. At the time when the deadly force was used, however, Christian was standing with his hands up and did not present […]

The People’s Kitchen: Putting People Over Profits

Ben Miller and Cristina Martinez of South Philly Barbacoa have a vision for Philly: one where peach trees grow along Broad St., hungry people have access to free nutritious meals, immigrant and undocumented workers have good paying jobs and opportunities in the community, and where the people work collectively to make changes that help the […]

“You can jail a revolutionary, but you can’t jail the revolution”: The Fight to Free All U.S. Political Prisoners Continues

Bruce Norris died of COVID-19 waiting for Governor Tom Wolf to approve his release. Norris spent 45 long years imprisoned and had a devoted family waiting to share life with him when he got home. Negligence by Governor Wolf created further devastation for Norris’ loved ones by unnecessarily extending his suffering and cutting his life […]

Cuba’s COVID-19 Containment vs. Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 Catastrophe

When searching for accurate information on Cuba in the capitalist-controlled media, one is continually confronted with the same experience: almost all so-called reliable news sources–the sources we’ve been taught to trust our whole lives–put a negative spin on socialism and countries building socialism. We hear all the time about “state-controlled media” in communist countries, as […]

Unlivable: Philadelphia’s Minimum Wage

Will Biden double the wages of more than 140,000 Philadelphians with a $15 federal minimum wage?  The closer the latest COVID-19 relief bill gets to being passed, the more this campaign promise looks like an empty one.  In a recent interview with CBS News, Biden claimed to be a strong supporter of the federal minimum […]

Affordable For Who? Community Raises Concerns With Proposed Development in Southwest Cedar Park

Almost 100 residents from the surrounding area of 5000 Warrington Avenue joined a community meeting on Wednesday, February 17th about a proposed “affordable housing” development planned for the location. The meeting was organized in coordination with councilmember Jamie Gauthier and Omni LLC, the development corporation proposing the project, as well as several RCOs (Registered Community […]

What You Need to Know about the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers’ Showdown with the School District

PHILADELPHIA — Members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) went toe-to-toe with the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) last week in protest of the district’s efforts to reopen school buildings for in-person learning before the end of the month. Despite a previous agreement with the leadership of the PFT, Superintendent of the SDP William […]

Philadelphia’s Food Deserts and the Capitalist System

City residents shopping in Philadelphia’s food deserts face insurmountable and complex hurdles: proximity, affordability and quality. Food deserts, areas in which shoppers have limited access to healthy food, are created by the capitalist system when profit-motive compels private grocery store owners to center their businesses in high income areas, leaving residents in impoverished neighborhoods with […]

Bad Things Happen in Philadelphia

At last night’s presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, Trump asserted that “bad things happen in Philadelphia”, claiming that poll watchers had been barred from observing early voting. While this particular claim is completely wrong, bad things do indeed happen in Philadelphia, all of which he and Biden actually support.  In Philadelphia, police […]

Fascism on the Rise: Why the Proud Boys are Organizing in Philadelphia

On Saturday, 26 September 2020, a group of several dozen “Proud Boys” marched through Center City, carrying U.S. and “Trump 2020” flags and stopping to sing The Star Spangled Banner at Independence Hall. The “Proud Boys” then returned to their vehicles, heavily protected by police, in the parking lot of Wal-Mart in South Philadelphia. Historically […]