On PHA Police: Who Do They Protect? Who Do They Serve?

July 26, 2020 Amidst the revolutionary fight for housing in Philadelphia, we must recognize that the nation-wide call to defund, disarm, and disband the police is a key component here in this struggle. In their beginning, back in 1971, Phila. Housing Authority police were a force of over 200 officers charged with serving Philadelphia’s public housing community when it “consisted of largely high-rise, crime-ridden developments”. Historically, … Continue reading On PHA Police: Who Do They Protect? Who Do They Serve?

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 … 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 … Continue reading On the Revolutionary Fight to End Homelessness and Gentrification

We Have No Other Option: Reflections from a Cadre Who Was Arrested In Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en

“Where is the pain?”
“Everywhere.”
“What happened?”
“Someone threw me on the ground and hit me.”
The now concerned nurse asked, “who hurt you?”
“The police.”

This response left the nurse and the guard laughing. The moment they found out that the perpetrator was a cop they walked away laughing. Continue reading We Have No Other Option: Reflections from a Cadre Who Was Arrested In Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en

Philadelphia: The City of Lead

By Corean Comrade November 25, 2019 “Pennsylvania has the 6th largest percentage rate for children suffering from lead poisoning and this is only the number who have been formally diagnosed,” said the governor of the state, Tom Wolf. Specifically in Philadelphia, 10 percent of children who have been tested have elevated blood lead levels. This 10 percent mark is 3 times the level recorded in … Continue reading Philadelphia: The City of Lead