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Last month in tiny township of Caanan in Wayne County, PA, several dozen citizens participated in a last walk along one of the
communitys oldest roads, slated to be closed later this week by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The Bureau plans to build a penitentiary
complex in Caanan as part of the largest expansion in the history of the federal prison system. The protest walk was organized by the
Organization of Concerned Citizens (OCC) of Wayne County, a coalition of farmers and local community groups who want to see the
preservation of land for agriculture and sustainable economic development. The OCC contests the governments right to the land, which is
designated as eligible to be a National Historic Register District.
Jul 11 2001 - 12:00am
The Brandywine Peace Community organized a gathering around the Radisson Hotel and Valley Forge
Convention Center, June 28 and 29, to protest a large conference of weapons manufacturers involved
with the "Star Wars" programs. The conference, entitled "Defending the Northeast, the Nation, and
America's Allies from Ballistic Missile Attack," was scheduled to cover "proliferation and the missile threat; the ABM treaty and missile
defense; technology options and architectures for missile defense; priorities and programs, timelines, and cost; and allies and coalition
partners and missile defense" (from the conferance agenda).
Jul 3 2001 - 12:00am
Hundreds attend the Town Hall Meeting to start the Pro-Democracy Convention. People from all over the Untied States converged to discuss anger and frustration with the state of electoral politics in this country, and to build the positive steps to remedy it.
Jul 2 2001 - 12:00am
The first time that a friend and I went up the Brandywine we were fishing
along the way and my buddy snagged a condom on his lure. At first we
thought it was funny, thinking that someone threw it off one of the
bridges. Soon after that we started to see more of the same and other items
that get flushed down the commode and it was at this time, much to our
disgust, we realized that raw sewage was being dumped into the river.
Jun 14 2001 - 12:00am
The Philadelphia Prison System has been under a lawsuit, usually several, for over twenty-five years. It recently concluded one of the longest running civil-rights suits in history, Harris vs. the City of Philadelphia, which was in the courts for 18 years. Philadelphia could never conclude the case because the jail could never come into compliance with minimal constitutional requirements and instead paid millions (of our dollars) in contempt-of-court fines. Judge Norma Shapiro finally settled the case, not because the jail ever complied with the law, she said, but because in 1995 Congress passed the Prison Litigation Reform Act which had so gutted the constitutional rights of prisoners that any ruling she made could be appealed and ignored by the prison.
Jun 7 2001 - 12:00am
Angry protesters participated in three linked actions to call attention to the importance of accountability by police and other city officials here. People filled Fountain Square in the city's center at lunchtime and marched through downtown through Over-the-Rhine, a tarnished jewel in the Queen City's crown.
What sparked the J2 events was the April 7 killing of an unarmed young African-American man by a city police officer enforcing 14 misdemeanors warrants the 19-year-old had outstanding. Officer Stephen Roach has been indicted on two misdemeanor counts for his killing Timothy Thomas.
Jun 4 2001 - 12:00am
After a week of mixed signals, city authorities evicted six residents of 233 Buckingham Place on the morning of May 30 without warning or warrant. Workers from the Department of Licenses and Inspections boarded up the building with the residents' belongings still inside.
Jun 4 2001 - 12:00am
In response to the conduct and results of the 2000 election, a number of organizations are joining together with the conviction that now is the time to push for real democratic reform. One step in this effort is the "Pro-Democracy Convention", taking place in Philadelphia June 29-July 1 at the Annenberg Center. Sponsored by the Center for Constitutional Rights and a coalition of national and local groups (including District 1199C, Black Radical Congress, Green Party of Philadelphia, Kensington Welfare Rights Union, and Veterans for Peace), it is the latest event in a campaign focused around "The Voters' Bill of Rights".
Jun 1 2001 - 12:00am
On April 22-24 this poet-activist visited Philadelphia for three days of readings, talks, and conversations with students. Her residency, sponsored by Art Sanctuary in Northeast Philadelphia, Temple University, and The University of Pennsylvanias Kelly Writers House, shared many of the goals of her own acclaimed poetry outreach program, Poetry for the People, as it joined students of many levels, from a range of Philadelphia schools, with a major voice in the national arts community.
Mayo 27 2001 - 12:00am
New YorkOn April 7, approximately 5,000 people gathered in New York City to demand the right of Palestinians to return to their homeland and to commemorate the 53rd anniversary of the Deir Yassin massacre of hundreds of Palestinian civilians by the Irgun, a terrorist group led by future Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin . Protesters from many cities in the U.S. and Canada demanded the right of return for the nearly 5 million Palestinian refugees living in exile and protested Israeli forces brutal siege of Palestinian villages all over the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Mayo 25 2001 - 12:00am