Every Thursday at 4 to 6pm On 15th and JFK in front of the municipal building, The Philly Coalition will be petitioning to remove the Frank Rizzo statue and to end stop and frisk. All support is welcome. For more information, the coalition can be contacted directly at PhillyRealJustice@gmail.com
Philadelphia Police Department’s pervasive use of racial profiling, stop and frisk and recently, endorsement of Donald Trump is ridiculous. It ‘s proof that Frank Rizzo’s racist, homophobic brutal police culture is still alive and well. We must force the Mayor and city council to address that police do not represent the interests of the people in Philadelphia. They worship a tyrant that humiliated, harassed and brutalized black community members, activists and students. Investing millions into policing while leaving our inner city schools in shambles still plagues black and brown communities. We were left with a school district crisis. The removal of the Christopher Columbus statue in Argentina and the Cecil Rhodes statue in Cape Town is a testament to the path of restorative justice. Replacing the statue is the first step in having this city acknowledge it’s terror against Philadelphia community members and finally opening up a transparent dialogue.
Our 44th Townhall meeting will take place at the friends center at 6:30 on Tuesday, 10/18/2016. This space is wheelchair accessible. This meeting will compose of information concerning our "End Stop And Frisk" and "Frank Rizzo Down" campaigns as well debriefs from previous actions and upcoming events. Hope to see you there.
Philly REAL Justice Coalition will be in front of the Municipal building every Thursday at 4:00pm as part of the campaign to remove the Frank Rizzo Statue and ending Stop and Frisk among other discriminatory police practices.
The issues around U.S. corrupt policing is highlighted by the epidemic of racially charged stop and frisk procedures. Philadelphia residents of color have suffered some of the most blatant rejection of constitutional rights by violent and discriminatory policing. An overwhelming amount of stop and frisk incidents have been found to be done without valid reason and often end in meaningless arrests or at worst, violence. Mayor Jim Kenney, who garnered many votes as a result of his platform to end stop and frisk is in no rush to implement this promise and must be held accountable.
The Coalition is currently organizing around this platform. To find out more about the campaign and/or how to get involved you can contact the Coalition directly at PhillyRealJustice@gmail.com.
The age old South Philly tradition of white colonists and immigrants basking in blackface is more than a day of drunken racist and homophobic escapades. It is a culture that perpetuates violence which the city allows to occur. Every year we watch our city allow the public drinking, drunken belligerence, and trashing of center city streets, the same actions that result in arrests for people of color in Philadelphia. Last New Year’s Day, the Philly Real Justice Coalition conducted a disruption of The Mummer’s parade where parade attendees harassed people of the LGBTQ community and people of color. We must continue the disruption of both the mummers and their sponsors until the event is addressed properly. Philadelphia must either dismantle the parade, or better control the bigoted attendees. We also must see reciprocated energy in providing people of color with as much space and safety from the city.
Help sustain grass root organizations who are dedicated to worker's rights and black liberation such as BBWC by donating to their causes. You can donate to BBWC here: https://www.gofundme.com/2rkph77u
BBWC's Mission Statement is as follows:
We the Black and Brown Workers Collective (BBWC), a direct action social justice entity, have come together to combat injustices that manifest both in and out of the non-profit organizational structure and in the broader community of Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Our mission is to actively challenge, resist and dismantle, those colonialist, white supremacist and oppressive systems that impact our lives as Black and Brown workers.
Most importantly, we seek to create our own spaces where Black and Brown labor and community will define the value of their own work while setting roots in communities that establish black and brown owned enterprise and collectively run spaces. Our philosophy is rooted in decolonization practices and organizing methodologies.
Our mission stands at the intersection of both the Worker's Right's movement and the Black Lives Matter movement. We see these two movements as inextricably connected as the lives of Black and Brown workers and community members are valued differently in a raced and classed system. Finally, as descendants of Warrior African/Indigenous peoples, we see it as our Response-ability to continue the legacy of fighting for our Liberation.
As a Collective we recognize that true radical transformational work will not be funded by the government, but rather supported by community members like you. Because government funded initiatives control what organized community members and collectives can do on the ground, we have decided not to accept government money that silences our voices and stops the People’s Movement.
Accordingly, we are asking for your donations. To continue this on the ground radical movement work, we are in need of the monetary donations. We will be posting ways to donate in the near future.
Philadelphia Food Not Bombs Affinity often helps provide The Philly REAL Justice Coalition and other comrades with food and hydration during actions. If possible please donate or assist in the creation and distribution of food for our people in the movement. Philadelphia Food Not Bombs meets every Thursday on 46th and Market unless directed otherwise.
Mission Statement is as follows:
WHAT WE DO
• we cook for, serve/share food, work with and support homeless or hungry people. we save and use food that the capitalist system regards only as a commodity; food that would be otherwise discarded.
• we support strategic meetings, actions, marches and events by providing food, and general solidarity, including jail support and court support.
• we work intentionally to foster a space that is safe and comfortable for all (those that are serving and those that are served) -- especially Black people and People of Color in the community.
• we commit this space to being a no-cop zone as well as having no collusion with the state or the non-profit industrial complex.
• we have no leaders; we operate through consensus
* we distribute 'zines, fliers, & signs that explicitly promote our shared politics and values.
Next Shut Down DNC meeting will be held July 18th. Email shutdownDNC@gmail.com for more information
Black Live Matter and Together We Stand are calling for a rally with the Mother of police terror victim, Tamir Rice on July 14th at City Hall.
In preparation for and during the DNC in Philadelphia, Up Against the Law Legal Collective will provide the following:
Four public Know Your Rights trainings that will specifically address protests for the DNC. These trainings will provide activists with Know Your Rights information for protest in Philadelphia during the DNC.
ALL TRAININGS TO BE HELD AT ARCH STREET METHODIST CHURCH, CORNER OF BROAD AND ARCH ST., 55 N. BROAD ST 19107.
The date are as follows:
Saturday, July 9, 2016: 2:00pm-4:45pm
Saturday, July 16, 2016: 2:00-4:45pm
Wednesday, July 20, 2016: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Saturday, July 23, 2016: 2:00pm-4:45pm