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Mumia Abu-Jamal

Mumia Abu-Jamal Granted a Reargue Appeal

By | Commentaries/Opinions

By Herb Boyd — “First you say you do/ Then you don’t. Then you say you will/Then you won’t/ You’re undecided now/ So what are you gonna do.” This indecision may work well in a popular song of yore, but it does little to end the 35 years former Black Panther and radio commentator Mumia Abu-Jamal has spent behind bars. On Thursday a Philadelphia Common Pleas judge ruled that Abu-Jamal who…

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From the steps of St. Charles Borromeo at 20th and Christian, in the heart of the neighborhood, you can see the new Comcast tower and the Center City skyline.

Philadelphia’s most gentrified neighborhood looks to its African American past

By | News & Current Affairs

From the steps of St. Charles Borromeo at 20th and Christian, in the heart of the neighborhood, you can see the new Comcast tower and the Center City skyline. Searching for a new identity, Philadelphia’s most gentrified neighborhood looks to its African American past. By Inga Saffron, Architecture Critic, Philly.com — If there’s one thing that Graduate Hospital residents seem to agree on, it’s that the name of their neighborhood is generic,…

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‘This is huge’: black liberationist speaks out after her 40 years in prison

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Exclusive: Debbie Sims Africa, the first freed member of a radical Philadelphia group many say were unjustly imprisoned, talks about reuniting with her son and defends the Move members still locked up: ‘We are peaceful people’. By Ed Pilkington, The Guardian — The first member of a group of black radicals known as the Move Nine who have been incarcerated, they insist unjustly, for almost 40 years for killing a…

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Police officers monitor activity outside as protesters demonstrate inside a Philadelphia Starbucks, where two men were arrested.

A Starbucks arrest shows how black Americans are robbed of their power

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Men arrested for ‘loitering’ had no choice but to keep their heads down, out of fear for their lives. For black people, it’s a familiar situation. By Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez — After video footage went viral of two black men being arrested in Starbucks for “loitering”, many were outraged. The two men had entered Starbucks for a meeting and were instead faced with the profiling and discrimination black people experience on a daily basis.

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The Philly Starbuck’s Arrest: Negrophobia Is Real — And Black People Weren’t Surprised At All

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One of the great privileges of whiteness in America is the freedom to ignore racism, and then act shocked by it. By Chauncey DeVega —  To be black in America is to live a life where even the most mundane activities can threaten one’s dignity and, in the worst cases, imperil our safety, security and sanity. In a much-discussed incident last Thursday — the video of which went viral online…

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