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Activists Pledge Legal Action Against Law That Silences Prisoners, Ex-Cons

Behind yellow police tape which was reinforced by civil affairs officers and bike cops, Ramona Africa – the only surviving member of the 1985 MOVE bombing – yelled expletives aimed at the embattled Pennsylvania Governor who sat on stage smiling, proud that he had a signed a bill into law which would silence Mumia Abu-Jamal and other prisoners who are/were convicted of personal injury crimes.

"Ya'll looking like fools, sitting up there signing a meaningless piece of paper. If you...

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Behind yellow police tape which was reinforced by civil affairs officers and bike cops, Ramona Africa – the only surviving member of the 1985 MOVE bombing – yelled expletives aimed at the embattled Pennsylvania Governor who sat on stage smiling, proud that he had a signed a bill into law which would silence Mumia Abu-Jamal and other prisoners who are/were convicted of personal injury crimes.

"Ya'll looking like fools, sitting up there signing a meaningless piece of paper. If you think that paper is going stop Mumia... gonna stop this movement... you better think the f*ck again. All you did was put fuel to a fire that's burning. You will never, ever get away with this," she yelled.

“Ya’ll looking like fools, sitting up there signing a meaningless piece of paper. If you think that paper is going stop Mumia… gonna stop this movement… you better think the f*ck again. All you did was put fuel to a fire that’s burning. You will never, ever get away with this!”

Activist Gabriel Bryant, who last October was summoned to France by the French Delegation in order to build a global coalition in support of Mr. Abu-Jamal, joined Ms. Africa and more than thirty protesters today to show their opposition to a law which they say not only tramples on the First Amendment, but was born out of pure hate for the convicted cop killer and former President of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists.

Mr. Bryant, as did Ms. Africa, pointed out the one-sidedness of the law: victims, District Attorneys, and the Attorney General can sue people who have been convicted of personal injury crimes for speaking out publicly if it causes the victim of the crime mental anguish, but citizens don’t have the right to sue police officers and public officials whose reckless actions have traumatized them.

READ MORE @ www.PhillyinFocus.com and search "Revictimization Relief Act."

Oct 14

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Ideas to make Philly more successful?

The Knight Foundation is conducting a challenge for ideas to help make cities more successful. Philly is one of the communities for the challenge. They're looking for ideas from a city-wide, neighborhood, and even the block level perspective.

I for one would like to see more done with the One Book program, and maybe expand it to be monthly, with book discussions happening around the city every month.

https://knight2.submittable.com/submit/

  • Another idea would be some sort of city childcare program for unemployed people looking for work.

  • Sohel Khan I live in Philly...

    I like to go to Rittenhouse square park, and sit there for a long time. It will be nice to have a non-smoke zone in the park for some of us allergenic to smoke.

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Head over to the #PFF23 Lounge (110 Chestnut St.) tonight from 8-10pm for our la...

Head over to the #PFF23 Lounge (110 Chestnut St.) tonight from 8-10pm for our last Stella Artois tasting! Food paring will be provided by Prime Stache.

8 hours ago

A few more pics from today - check out the finished paper Vejigante masks, plus...

A few more pics from today - check out the finished paper Vejigante masks, plus the paper bags being turned into Yoruba masquerade costumes!

10 hours ago

Working Hard for the Children is what we do best. #1voice #PLAYHARD

Working Hard for the Children is what we do best. #1voice #PLAYHARD

10 hours ago

Make sure to stop by the Lincoln Motor Company tent outside the Ritz East today...

Make sure to stop by the Lincoln Motor Company tent outside the Ritz East today for a Demo of the new Active Park Assist. Sign up and get a $25 gift card!

10 hours ago

Our Young Friends event last night was a tremendous success and a lot of fun! Th...

Our Young Friends event last night was a tremendous success and a lot of fun! Thank You to everyone who came out and enjoyed our pre-show reception and post-show bar take-over at Perch Pub!

12 hours ago

Penn Museum is in the house for our Macy's Family Fun Day on Masks and Masquerad...

Penn Museum is in the house for our Macy's Family Fun Day on Masks and Masquerades! They'll be here until 2pm. Also on the schedule - Color in a King Tut Mask (All Day), Make a Puerto Rican Vejigante Mask (12:30 - 3:30), Learn about Carnival and Mardi Gras in a Caribbean Dance Class (1 - 1:45 and 2 - 2:45), and make a Yoruba Masquerade Costume (3 - 5)! Hope we see YOU!

12 hours ago

Ballet 422 On-Pointe Panel Discussion will take place TODAY with Producer and fo...

Ballet 422 On-Pointe Panel Discussion will take place TODAY with Producer and former Ballerina Ellen Bar. Tickets are FREE! Reserve yours here: http://filmadelphia.festivalgenius.com/2014/films/ballet422_jodyleelipes_filmadelphia2014

12 hours ago

Today, our featured Shop on the Square artist is International award winning pol...

Today, our featured Shop on the Square artist is International award winning polymer clay artist Emily Squires Levine, who designs and creates one-of-a-kind accent tiles, bowls, and eggs. Using a sophisticated color palette, she fashions uniquely patterned canes to form eye-popping works of decorative art. Her bowls and eggs are small gems that command attention for their distinctive juxtaposition of pattern, shape, and color. You can visit her at her studio this weekend at 915 Spring Garden Street Studios for POST!

12 hours ago

And don't forget, if you're a Columbia North YMCA or West Philadelphia YMCA fami...

And don't forget, if you're a Columbia North YMCA or West Philadelphia YMCA family, you get #FREE admission to today's Family Fun Day, courtesy of Macy's!

14 hours ago

Rory Culkin stars in GABRIEL, about a mentally ill young man who is determined t...

Rory Culkin stars in GABRIEL, about a mentally ill young man who is determined to propose to his high school girlfriend. Screening TODAY with Dir. Lou Howe and Actor Rory Culkin in attendance.

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We're SO excited to have FOTOfwd at tonight's #PFF23 Closing Night party. Did yo...

We're SO excited to have FOTOfwd at tonight's #PFF23 Closing Night party. Did you know you can take a picture on your phone using #PFF23 and they'll print it for you? Stop by tonight and see for yourself.

21 hours ago

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR BREAKFAST WITH CAROLL SPINNEY ATTENDEES: This is a pre-regist...

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR BREAKFAST WITH CAROLL SPINNEY ATTENDEES: This is a pre-registered, fundraising event supporting the Whole Kids Foundation. Advance tickets are REQUIRED for all badge holders and festival patrons.

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Advance tickets for tonight's Closing Night film WILD are unavailable! Arrive 30...

Advance tickets for tonight's Closing Night film WILD are unavailable! Arrive 30 min prior to the screening for a chance at Rush tickets. http://filmadelphia.festivalgenius.com/2014/films/wild_jeanmarcvalle_filmadelphia2014

30 hours ago

Great news! Macy's Family Fun Day series will be returning for 2015! Stay tuned...

Great news! Macy's Family Fun Day series will be returning for 2015! Stay tuned for new dates and themes highlighting explorations of art, history and culture. In the meantime, we’re looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!

30 hours ago

Our Friday Favorite today is something you don't see as much of in the present d...

Our Friday Favorite today is something you don't see as much of in the present day, a needlework mourning picture. This one is by Abigail Bacon "Affectionately inscribed to the Memory of William Bacon, Obt. Dec. 1. 1795. AE 41." This silk, watercolor and ink on silk item came to us as a gift from Maris Steeble.

32 hours ago

Caroll Spinney and Oscar the Grouch will host a Q&A after tonight FREE screening...

Caroll Spinney and Oscar the Grouch will host a Q&A after tonight FREE screening of I AM BIG BIRD! Join us at the Ritz East at 7:30pm http://filmadelphia.festivalgenius.com/2014/films/iambigbirdthecarrollspinneystory_chadwalker_filmadelphia2014

34 hours ago

Rehearsing for PLAY. Embracing the creativity within..

Rehearsing for PLAY. Embracing the creativity within..

34 hours ago

Local Director, David Janetta, will host a Q&A following the screening of his fi...

Local Director, David Janetta, will host a Q&A following the screening of his film LOVE AND TERROR today at 4:40 pm at the PFS Roxy Theater: http://filmadelphia.festivalgenius.com/2014/films/loveandterroronthehowlingplainsofnowhere_davejannetta_filmadelphia2014

34 hours ago

Don't forget that POST continues east of Broad Street this weekend! Many of our...

Don't forget that POST continues east of Broad Street this weekend! Many of our Shop on the Square artists this year, like Jim Loewer, Emily Squires Levine, and Peter Cunicelli are participating. Check it out: http://ow.ly/DhOhh

34 hours ago

Pearl Art Supply to Become Millennium Dance Complex

Foobooz: Big Gay Ice Cream Coming to Broad and South

36 hours ago

Congratulations to Brilliant Graphics on their expansion and wonderful open hous...

Congratulations to Brilliant Graphics on their expansion and wonderful open house last night - thanks for having us!

36 hours ago

The soulful sounds of Miami blare through the speakers in the #PFF23 feature DEE...

The soulful sounds of Miami blare through the speakers in the #PFF23 feature DEEP CITY. See it today with Directors Marlon Johnson, Dennis Scholl & Chad Tingle. Get your tickets now! http://filmadelphia.festivalgenius.com/2014/films/deepcitythebirthofthemiamisound_dennisscholl_filmadelphia2014

36 hours ago

What are your weekend plans? How about a fun and fact-filled Secrets of the Schu...

What are your weekend plans? How about a fun and fact-filled Secrets of the Schuylkill tour on Saturday, or a Boat to historic Bartram's Garden on Sunday? Tickets: http://www.zerve.com/PhillyByBoat

36 hours ago

Ladies and Gentlemen, Your New PHIT House Teams!

Last weekend PHIT had the pleasure of seeing almost 100 auditioners as we held initial auditions and callbacks for not one, not two, but THREE new house teams which will premiere in January 2015. The level of talent was amazing. This was by far our most challenging set of casting decisions and a number of incredible performers didn’t quite fit into the teams that our directors assembled – but we look forward to seeing everyone who came to auditions continue to grow as performers and contribute to the comedy scene in Philadelphia with indie teams (perhaps they’ll even apply to Launch Pad). But enough preamble, here are your new improv house teams…

36 hours ago

Have you watched our series "Broken Bodies, Suffering Spirits" yet? The final ep...

Have you watched our series "Broken Bodies, Suffering Spirits" yet? The final episode, Medical Legacy, wraps up our exploration of Civil War medicine in Philadelphia. Check it out!

38 hours ago

For our teachers out there, there's still time to RSVP to this amazing, interact...

For our teachers out there, there's still time to RSVP to this amazing, interactive primary source-rich workshop on the Early Civil Rights Movement.

41 hours ago

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