PHA and the City of Philadelphia Serve Gentrifiers!

In June 2019, the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) auctioned off 144 vacant properties. The sale of these properties gave PHA $8.4 million. This wasn’t the first time the public housing giant auctioned off a large number of vacant properties. PHA’s first auction was in 2011, where 341 properties were sold for $6.1 million. Since then, every year has had large auctions of publicly-owned properties to private owners. Meanwhile, applicants wait almost 10 years for housing assistance if they can even get on the waitlist! With 14,000 units and 80,000 tenants, PHA is the largest landlord in Pennsylvania. It’s average annual … Continue reading PHA and the City of Philadelphia Serve Gentrifiers!

On the Revolutionary Fight to End Homelessness and Gentrification

If the government does not provide housing, then the people must take it for themselves.  North Philadelphia resident Jennifer Bennetch and other community members connected through #OccupyPHA quietly started moving families into vacant properties upon the coronavirus outbreak in March 2020. Long before the coronavirus outbreak, Bennetch was already tracking vacant properties owned by the Philadelphia Housing Authority as part of her long-term effort to expose and eradicate PHA’s unchecked corruption. Bennetch and many houseless Philadelphian residents decided the benefits of squatting outweighed the risk, as Philly’s crowded homeless shelters are a deadly hotbed for outbreaks, and hotel quarantine rooms … Continue reading On the Revolutionary Fight to End Homelessness and Gentrification

On Outside Agitators

​ Guest Contributor: I’m a white working class cisgender woman. I’m disabled & a sex worker. I have been raped by police, multiple times. I’ve been specifically named as an outside agitator in the city I have spent my entire life in on three separate occasions. On each occasion, I was a central organizer for an escalation of tactics in a mass movement, two against police and one in solidarity with indigenous resistance. I planned the escalation hand in hand with leftist black and indigenous organizers. Each time, the escalation made national news. Each time, the  mayor of my city … Continue reading On Outside Agitators

A Single Spark Can Start a Precinct Fire: On the Historic Victory of the People of Minneapolis at the Third Precinct

For the People – Twin Cities On the night of May 28th, the People, the colonized masses (particularly the New Afrikan masses) of Minneapolis achieved an enormous victory. They rose up, in the name of justice for George Floyd and all Black and Indigenous peoples that have been murdered by the settler-colonial state, and drove the pigs out of their tin fortress, took their armaments, redistributed them, and burned the station down. The People are claiming what is rightfully theirs through sheer, uncompromising militancy. The settler-imperialist state of the so-called united states is crumbling before our very eyes. The People … Continue reading A Single Spark Can Start a Precinct Fire: On the Historic Victory of the People of Minneapolis at the Third Precinct

ICE Officers Pepper-Spray, Brutalize Detainees Who Refuse to Sign Documents Testifying Cleanliness, Humane Treatment

May 2, 2020 DARTMOUTH, MA – On the evening of May 1st, correctional officers in the Bristol County ICE detention center violentlyassaulted those detained, filling the room with pepper spray, and causing several people to faint. Bristol County sheriff brazenly … Continue reading ICE Officers Pepper-Spray, Brutalize Detainees Who Refuse to Sign Documents Testifying Cleanliness, Humane Treatment