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Dec10

PSR Philly: Our Air is Not Clean

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Dr. Marta Guttenberg of the Philadelphia chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility spoke with DGP about the quality of our air, the effects of pollution on the human body, and what we need to do to improve the health and well being of Philly residents. (Interview was recorded on December 8th, 2015)

 

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Click here to check out Philly’s air quality (updated daily).

Report: Philly is third-worst place in U.S. for asthma sufferers

Two dozen permit violations for Point Breeze Refinery

Sep19

Public Hearing on PES Refinery Permits [audio]

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The Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery is applying for permits that would allow it to foul our air with even more toxic chemicals and CO2. Air Management Services (AMS) held a public hearing on September 17th where members of the public voiced our concerns about the refinery and Philadelphia’s possible future as [even more of] a sacrifice zone for the fossil fuel industry.

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Our city is at a crossroads. Will we continue down the same treacherous path we are on, relying on the antiquated, planet and human health destroying fossil fuel industry? Or will we look to a brighter future and embark on a path of clean, sustainable and just renewable energy? It can be done.

Click here and here for more information on Philadelphia Energy Solutions and the impact of refineries on local communities.

Sep17

A Moral Response to the Pope’s Message

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Audio of the ‘Climate, Jobs, Justice: A Moral Response to the Pope’s Urgent Message’ event hosted by the Philadelphia Friends Center

Part I – Forum

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From the event’s facebook page:

6:00pm: “A Just Transition” forum with compelling calls to action from community, faith, labor, and health leaders:
-Rabbi Julie Greenberg — Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir–Heart of the City and POWER
-Anthony Giancatarino — Center for Social Inclusion
-Clifton Bennett — Veterans for Clean Air, Sierra Club PA
-Gary Lytle – Sierra Club Pennsylvania
-Susan Saxe — Green Justice Philly
-John Braxton, Co-President Emeritus of Faculty and Staff Federation of Community College of Philadelphia
-Jennifer Hombach – 350 Philadelphia

7:30pm: Inspiring procession from Friends Center through downtown Philadelphia followed by a night vigil at LOVE Park.
-Rev Alison Cornish – PA Interfaith Power and Light
-Sergeant Gerald Brown – Veterans for Clean Air, Sierra Club PA

>>Co-sponsored by:
*350 Philadelphia
*Citizens’ Climate Lobby-Philadelphia Chapter
*Green Justice Philly
*PennEnvironment
*Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light – Philadelphia Chapter
*Physicians for Social Responsibility – Philadelphia
*Sierra Club Southeast PA Beyond Coal Campaign
*Shalom Center

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Sep08

#DalitWomenFight In Philly

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Indian activists and freedom fighters have embarked on a tour of the United States to draw attention to the plight of Dalit women suffering under the oppressive and patriarchal Hindu caste system. Dalit people (formerly known as “untouchables”), especially women, are subject to many forms of abuse including rape and murder, and because of the intricacies of the caste system usually have no recourse to justice.

The representatives of the Dalit movement for justice and respect are here in the U.S. asking for solidarity. We must assist them in breaking the silence on behalf of the more than 250 million people forced to live in fear and degradation.

If you would like to support the #DalitWomenFight tour, please donate on Paypal to phillysouthasiancollective@gmail.com, or contact them directly by email to find out how you can help.

Jul20

Apache Stronghold in Philly

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Audio of Wendsler Nosie’s talk at the Arch Street Methodist Church on 7/19/15. With an intro by supporters and Jim Kenney, our future mayor.

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Background info from the facebook event page:

In early February, dozens of Apache people walked 45 miles together for three days from the San Carlos community to the sacred site of Oak Flat. With support from the San Carlos Apache community and other activists in the region, a brave group of spiritual resistance leaders have held ground at Oak Flat since February, organized as the Apache Stronghold and vowing not to leave until the mine proposal is cancelled. The struggle for Oak Flat has been embraced by hundreds of American Indian nations and has become a symbol for the fight to protect all sacred sites. The Apache Stronghold caravan is leading this effort and is organizing an historic protest at the nations capitol on July 21-22.

“They declared war on our religion, we must stand in unity and fight to the very end, for this is a holy war.” Wendsler Nosie Sr. , long time opponent of Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Councilman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe.

To reach the Apache Stronghold Convoy to Washington D.C. on the road call 480-721-7918. Please leave a message if no answers, someone will get back to you asap.

For more information on why the Apache Stronghold has traveled across the country to Washington D.C., check out the following info:

Peltier Support for Apache Stronghold

From Times Square to the Capitol, Apache Protestors Fight U.S. Land Swap with Mining Company

Find more info on the Apache Stronghold facebook page

May29

Solitary Confinement, Torture & the Dallas 6 [audio]

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From the facebook event page:

Mass Incarceration, Solitary Confinement and Torture: The Case of the Dallas 6
Panel Discussion on the Dallas 6

Presenters:

Shandre Delaney: Coordinator of Justice of the Dallas 6 and mother to Carrington Keys, one of the Dallas 6
Derrick Stanley: One of the Dallas 6
Theresa Shoatz: Activist and Daughter of Russell Maroon Shoatz
LuQman M. Abdullah: Human Rights Activist

Moderated by Shesheena Bray

Where: The Rotunda, (4014 Walnut Street)
When: May 26th
Time: 6pm

SUPPORT THE DALLAS 6!

On April 29, 2010, six courageous African American prisoners in solitary confinement at SCI Dallas engaged in a peaceful protest against the widespread abuse, violence and torture by guards which they had witnessed, endured, and helped to publicly document. The abuse included withholding food, urine and feces in their food, mail tampering and destruction, vicious beatings with electro-shock shields, tasers, fists, use of tear gas and pepper spray, medical neglect, use of torture chairs, death threats and more. For being whistleblowers on this abuse, the state has charged these six men with rioting.

For more information on the case, please contact sd4hrc@gmail.com and/or visit www.scidallas6.blogspot.com

For more information on the event please contact Iresha.Picot@gmail.com or Natasha.Danielle86@gmail.com

May12

Ramona Africa @ UPenn [audio]

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Audio of Ramona Africa’s 4/28 appearance at UPenn

Intro by Dr. Anthony Monteiro

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