Mumia Emergency Response Mtg

Please read this important information about Mumia’s case from Hans Bennett

There is a Mumia support meeting at 7pm on Monday, Jan 18 at the A-Space 4722 Baltimore Ave in West Philly to here report backs from Pam Africa of ICFFMAJ and to plan next steps to respond to the supreme court decision.

There will be day of and day after actions in Philadelphia when the supreme court decision is announced, and ICFFMAJ is encouraging folks to plan response actions in their own communities if they cannot travel to Philly.

A-Space Collective

MOVE Support Planning Mtg

The January 17th planning meeting for May 13, 2010 activities is at 4:00pm at A-Space, 4722 Baltimore Ave. in Phila

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Call these numbers to protest police murder!

from Wooden Shoe Books:

Billy Panas, a young 21-year-old man was recently murdered by off-duty Seargent Frank Tepper, an officer with Civil Affairs at the Philadelphia Police Department. The shooting occured on the 2700 block of East Elkhart street in Port Richmond, Philadelphia.

Out Of The Frying Pan Into The Fire

Why Public-Private Partnerships are Not the answer to Philadelphia's Budget Crisis

Check it out. It's a special insert for issue 46 all about how we get screwed in the city of Brotherly Love.

Forty Years in the Struggle: The Memoirs of a Jewish Anarchist

By Hans Bennett

--A Review of Forty Years in the Struggle; The Memoirs of a Jewish Anarchist, by Chaim Leib Weinberg; English Translation by Naomi Cohen; Edited by Robert Helms; Litwin Books, 2008.

The “Old City” neighborhood of Philadelphia is renowned for its many historic sites related to the “founding fathers” and the US colonial era. Yet, very few know about this same neighborhood’s significant anarchist history. Since 1997, local historian Robert Helms has led an “Anarchist Historical Walking Tour” that presents this history of resistance from the poor and working classes, who viewed the rhetoric about “American Democracy” as a fraud, and organized themselves to challenge the power of the ruling class. Helms is the editor of the just-released English translation of Chaim Leib Weinberg’s (1869-1939) autobiography: Forty Years in the Struggle; The Memoirs of a Jewish Anarchist.

In Defense of the Land:

The Mill Creek Farm and Brown Street Community Garden

By Jade Walker, co-director The Mill Creek Farm, with Suzy Subways

The [Brown Street Community Garden] has been around for 30 years (I remember when the houses caved in on that site and it was just an eyesore for many years) and it now brings much enjoyment to the community. My mother (now deceased), a country girl, had a space in the garden and planted much of the vegetables that eventually found their way to our dinner table. It brought such contentment to many of our senior citizens and lightened their food budgets. Now I am a senior citizen trying to raise my grandson who just turned 13 (my daughter is deceased) and trying to find everything imaginable to keep him occupied and out of trouble.... He spends as much time as possible with the [Mill Creek Farm] staff and he is learning about farming/gardening and he also helps set up the stand to sell the fruits of their labor.”

Engrid R. Bullock, neighbor

The Budget We Got: Selling Philadelphia, selling us out

By Milena Velis and Bryan Mercer

Philadelphia is in crisis. People across the city are feeling the effects of the global economic downturn and wondering what the future will bring for them and their families. The city has finally resolved a long, drawn out, and deeply unsettling budgeting process, and it feels like the dust has finally settled. But even though massive service cuts and layoffs are off the table for now, this economic crisis is far from over, and we in Philadelphia now have a clear idea of the kinds of solutions our city government is willing to present.

The lesson we can learn from a year of repeated deficit announcements, “civic engagement” budget workshops, and political negotiations, is that the poor and working people of the city are paying for this crisis. In a city rife with both wealth and poverty, it's clear that our government’s primary agenda is to attract and protect business, and not to make sure that the wealth generated here meets the basic needs of Philadelphia’s residents. If the city government continues down the path it has chosen, it can only lead us to a broken state that exists to serve business need before public need, abandoning the interests of the majority of Philadelphians. The only solution to the crisis we are currently facing is an independent politics that addresses the real roots of our situation.

AIDS is not in Recesion

AIDS Policy in the Obama Era

by Kaytee Riek

When President Obama took office in 2009, AIDS activists celebrated the historic occasion. The first black president, the first president to have been a community organizer, is also the first president to come to office with an AIDS plan. It was activist pressure that spurred the president to release his ambitious plan on the campaign trail, and it will be activist pressure that helps him live up to it. Nearly a year into Obama’s presidency, it is time to look back on the development of the plan and take stock of where we are in implementing it.

Casino Free Philadelphia takes Direct Action

On September 29th, more than 60 Casino-Free activists gathered at the SugarHouse Casino construction site in Fishtown. Making a bold stand against casinos in Philadelphia, they locked arms and blocked construction trucks from entering the site. Fourteen of the activists who were prepared to engage in civil disobedience were arrested, taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct.

From Casino Free Philadelphia’s statement on that day:

Rally Against Prison Abuse in PA

On August 12th, the Philly chapter of the Human Rights Coalition pulled together their first rally against prison abuse in PA. Though not a huge crowd, the rally by all accounts was a huge success. Gathering just across the road from CFCF prison on State road, the protest set up shop next to the bus stop where people visiting prisoners and the just released waited for rides back into the city. Representing at the rally were the various HRC chapters from Philly, Chester and Pittsburgh, the NAACP’s PA prison project, Fight for Lifers as well as friends and relatives of prisoners, ex prisoners and various other anti-prison organizers, many sharing first hand accounts of their dealings with a brutal prison system.

The protest was in response to demands for street protests from imprisoned members of the HRC, some of whom have within the last year faced brutal attacks, been thrown in the hole and denied crucial medical treatment, conditions which are all to familiar to the millions now locked up in US prisons.

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