Rule of the Rich: How a Tiny Class of Ultra-Wealthy Landlords Dominates the Philly Working Class

PHILADELPHIA — In the wake of a year of massive economic downturn coinciding with the COVID-19 pandemic, Philadelphia’s largest and most powerful landlords have the most to gain — all at the expense of the Philadelphia working class. A Rapidly Changing City Philadelphia has been changing quickly in recent years, with crises of gentrification, unemployment, […]

No Confidence & Unsatisfactory: The Progress Report of Commissioner Danielle Outlaw

In December of 2014, President Barack Obama assembled the 21st Century Task Force on Gun Violence: a team of elite police commissioners from across the country tasked with addressing gun violence in Black communities. This team, lasting five months and consisting of 11 cops, was assembled in response to the Ferguson Uprisings that followed the […]

Serving the People ‘Boxes, Not Bullets,’ at the Community Healing Garden

The Community Healing Garden on the corner of 31st and Wharton Streets was formed after tragedy struck the block on July 15, 2020. On that day, neighbors found  a woman’s body in a plastic bin in the vacant lot at that corner. Community leader Boogie Rose lives near there: “Not only did we take that […]

Struggle targets elite universities over theft of MOVE bombing victims’ remains

Protesters have taken to the streets in Philadelphia as outrage spreads across the city and the country over the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University’s theft of the remains of Tree and Delisha Africa, members of the MOVE organization who were murdered in the infamous May 13, 1985, bombing. Their remains were stolen from the […]

Philadelphia Police Worked with Feds to “Infiltrate” Last Summer’s Protests

How Did the PPD Infiltrate Protests? During the uprisings against racist police violence following the murder of George Floyd in June, 2020, the Department of Justice granted increased law enforcement capabilities to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). This unconstitutional move drew immediate criticism from civil rights advocates and legislators who demanded its immediate reversal. […]

A Tale of Two Cities: Rittenhouse Square vs Southwest Philly

Imbalances driven by discrimination, inadequate financing, and a lack of compassion for human life create poor living conditions in Philadelphia and across the U.S.. Resources such as full-service grocery stores, strong public schools, well-maintained parks, and clean streets are reserved for higher income areas and elite neighborhoods, leaving little financial support or successful city planning […]

‘Sanctuary City’ Not a Sanctuary for Immigrants After All

PHILADELPHIA — Saroun Khan, a Cambodian immigrant and Olney resident, was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in March of last year, and has since been put through a series of detainment transfers, and is still currently on a path to deportation. Khan has been living in Philadelphia with his family since their arrival […]

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 […]