Philly IMC Features RSS http://phillyimc.org/en/features_rss Philly IMC Features RSS en Fund-raiser for May Day observance 2014 http://phillyimc.org/en/fund-raiser-may-day-observance-2014 Fundraiser for May 3rd http://phillyimc.org/files/imagecache/story/files/fundraiser_20140405_193452.jpg http://phillyimc.org/en/fund-raiser-may-day-observance-2014 We held a Beef & Beer Fund-raiser for the May Day observance that will be held at Elmwood Park (South 71st and Buist Philadelphia PA 19153) on Saturday 3 May. Flyer with details can downloaded and shared from <a href="http://www.prawnworks.net/rlg/2014/2014_Files/May-Day-Flyer-140408.pdf">here</a>. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:34:20 -0400 Rich Gardner Who do you protect who do you serve http://phillyimc.org/en/who-do-you-protect-who-do-you-serve http://phillyimc.org/files/imagecache/story/files/anti_police_brutality.jpg http://phillyimc.org/en/who-do-you-protect-who-do-you-serve this article is about the trending spike in police brutality Wed, 26 Mar 2014 22:38:17 -0400 John Phillips Jr Mumia Abu-Jamal's statement on the FOP Blocking Obama's Adegbile nomination to DOJ post http://phillyimc.org/en/mumia-abu-jamals-statement-fop-blocking-obamas-adegbile-nomination-doj-post http://phillyimc.org/files/imagecache/story/files/Mumia03.png http://phillyimc.org/en/mumia-abu-jamals-statement-fop-blocking-obamas-adegbile-nomination-doj-post Behind the Flash mob Attack on Obama’s DOJ Attorney General Nominee Debo Adegbil Fri, 07 Mar 2014 07:31:45 -0500 Governor Tom Corbett chickens out http://phillyimc.org/en/governor-tom-corbett-chickens-out http://phillyimc.org/files/imagecache/story/files/2014-01-17-09-49-54.jpg http://phillyimc.org/en/governor-tom-corbett-chickens-out Governor Corbett was all set to address some nice, quiet, dutiful students who would sit still and would respectfully listen while he took credit for the performance of Philadelphia's schools. Then, he heard that he might receive some crticism from the city's students, parents and educators and promptly turned tail and ran. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnQfEr80yKw">Progressive candidates forum</a> for 13th Congressional District seat. Sat, 18 Jan 2014 23:13:40 -0500 Rich Gardner Fast Track Trade Deal Alert http://phillyimc.org/en/fast-track-trade-deal-alert http://phillyimc.org/files/imagecache/story/files/train-wreck.jpg http://phillyimc.org/en/fast-track-trade-deal-alert This is an urgent warning that the country’s big-corporate elite are about to <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/06/business/house-and-senate-are-near-deal-to-speed-trade-pact.html?ref=politics&_r=0">try to push something called “Fast Track”</a> 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 — <a href="http://ourfuture.org/20131114/why-do-we-the-people-have-to-read-tpp-on-wikileaks">as it appears to be negotiated</a> — should be as much of an electoral test for progressives as Social Security is. <a href="http://my.firedoglake.com/spocko/2013/12/11/why-the-trans-pacific-partnership-sucks/">Good piece</a> with short video from Spocko. Also, keep in mind that <a href="http://www.balloon-juice.com/2013/12/13/worst-people-in-the-world/">Big Tobacco <em>likes</em></a> "free trade" treaties. Report by Public Citizen on <a href="http://crooksandliars.com/2013/12/nafta-20-1-million-lost-jobs-580-increase">NAFTA's 20 year anniversary</a>. Sat, 07 Dec 2013 23:30:18 -0500 Philadelphia: Drive for profits behind building collapse http://phillyimc.org/en/philadelphia-drive-profits-behind-building-collapse http://phillyimc.org/files/imagecache/story/files/philadelphia_0620.jpg http://phillyimc.org/en/philadelphia-drive-profits-behind-building-collapse 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. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:54:45 -0400 Shorty Takes a Giant Step http://phillyimc.org/en/shorty-takes-giant-step http://phillyimc.org/files/imagecache/story/files/347923.jpg http://phillyimc.org/en/shorty-takes-giant-step ‘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.” Fri, 20 Sep 2013 08:29:58 -0400 Rallies against war on Syria http://phillyimc.org/en/rallies-against-war-syria http://phillyimc.org/files/imagecache/story/files/Rally-Horsham-130831_1894.jpg http://phillyimc.org/en/rallies-against-war-syria Our monthly protest against a drone command center in Horsham, PA also addressed the proposed bombing of Syria. Here's a <a href="http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/08/31/1235304/-President-Obama-gives-statement-on-Syria">10 minute speech</a> by President Obama where he sums up his case for bombing Syria in terms of international credibility when weapons like nerve gas are used. <a href="http://www.prawnworks.net/rlg/2013/rally-war-syria-130907.html">Rally at 50th and Baltimore</a>. Deena Stryker's <a href="http://othersite.org/president-bashar-al-assad´s-interview-with-le-figaro/">link to Assad interview</a>. If/when the bombing starts, gather at 15th & Market at 4:30pm the next day to protest alongside Philly Against War. Mon, 02 Sep 2013 12:33:26 -0400 Rich Gardner Torture by Design: Saying No to the Architecture of Solitary Confinement and Cruelty --An interview with Raphael Sperry http://phillyimc.org/en/torture-design-saying-no-architecture-solitary-confinement-and-cruelty-interview-raphael-sperry http://professorsblogg.com/2013/01/19/scientific-research-solitary-confinement-is-torture/ http://phillyimc.org/files/imagecache/story/files/solitary-confinement.png http://phillyimc.org/en/torture-design-saying-no-architecture-solitary-confinement-and-cruelty-interview-raphael-sperry 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. Sat, 17 Aug 2013 16:36:33 -0400 The Last (?) Pro-Bradley Manning Demonstration http://phillyimc.org/en/last-pro-bradley-manning-demonstration http://phillyimc.org/files/imagecache/story/files/Protest_130726_1831.png http://phillyimc.org/en/last-pro-bradley-manning-demonstration 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: <a href="http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2013/07/30/statement-by-julian-assange-on-verdict-in-bradley-manning-court-martial/">Good news and really bad news</a>. 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." Sun, 28 Jul 2013 19:22:25 -0400 Rich Gardner