By: Danielle Corcione, James Yeun, and Ariel Diliberto In the United States today, election results do not represent the will, or number, of the people who live here. Marginalized voters, year after year, are intentionally excluded from our so-called democratic process. Through voter suppression of marginalized people, voting in a capitalist system becomes of interest to … [Read more...] about Beyond the Vote: Base-Building for Class Independence in Philadelphia
Illustration by Corey Brickley. Fifty years ago this June, in the summer of 1969, patrons at the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in New York City, fought back against abusive police, and in doing so launched the modern, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer movement. With the Supreme Court’s historic legalization of same sex marriage in 2015 and increased … [Read more...] about “Hairpin drop heard around the world”: Fifty Years Since Stonewall and the Birth of Gay Liberation
In a report marked for official use only recently obtained by Foreign Policy, the FBI assessed that “perceptions of police brutality against African Americans spurred an increase in premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence against law enforcement,” classifying those espousing this ideology as “Black Identity Extremists," or BIEs. This document, dated Aug. 3, was internally … [Read more...] about ‘Black Identity Extremist’ Classification Sustains Racist Legacy
Image caption: Barry Thompson of the Tenants Union holds sign reading “No Evictions Without Good Cause” inside City Hall. Photo by Maddie Rose. “Philadelphia needs to treat its people who live here so much better. You know, I never liked speaking in front of people, but everything I’ve been through, living here for thirty years, I think it’s my right to speak for other … [Read more...] about A Short History of Good Cause
Photo: Jim West, jimwestphoto.com, cropped from original. We know good organizers when we meet them. They’re accessible. They listen and show respect. They react calmly to all kinds of people, take their time to size up a situation, and engage people on their own terms. They brim with suggestions for action, but they’re open to new ideas. They’re not bossy. They … [Read more...] about Where Do Good Organizers Come From?