The War on Voting Comes to Pennsylvania

By: Thursday July 5, 2012 7:10 pm

Up until now, efforts to ferret out the war on voting have been highlighted mostly in Florida, where Governor Rick Scott is attempting to carry out a widespread purge of the voting rolls. But given this set of information from my old hometown newspaper, the Philadelphia Inquirer, I think we have to add Pennsylvania, also under a new Republican governor, into the mix.


Nighttime Solidarity with Veterans at Occupy National Gathering

By: Tuesday July 3, 2012 3:41 pm

A small group of military veterans from Veterans for Peace decided they were not going to leave Independence Mall, even though their permit expired at 9 pm EST. One of the veterans, Bill Perry, negotiated with police as occupiers came to see the veterans risk arrest.

Occupy National Gathering Regains Access to Water at Firehouse

By: Monday July 2, 2012 3:49 pm

A Philadelphia firehouse across the street from a Quaker meeting house, which occupiers have been using as a home base throughout the Occupy National Gathering, gave occupiers access to their water once again this morning. The firefighters had initially granted occupiers access to the water, but had subsequently closed and locked a gate to block them from using it.

Philadelphia Mayor Wants Occupy National Gathering Participants to Go Thirsty in Heat

By: Sunday July 1, 2012 4:00 pm

Record-breaking heat has been sweeping the United States. The Occupy movement is holding a major National Gathering in Philadelphia right now, where the temperature has reached ninety-five degrees Fahrenheit. Anyone spending hours out in this weather needs to drink water so as not to pass out from heat exhaustion. But Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, a Democrat, has issued orders instructing city departments and other organizations in the city to not give water to occupiers.

#NatGat: How to Avoid Eviction, Livestream with Brian Sonenstein

By: Saturday June 30, 2012 9:18 am

Livestream with Brian Sonenstein at the Occupy National Gathering on how to avoid eviction

A Single Earthshaking Word from a Philadelphia Courtroom

By: Saturday June 23, 2012 9:07 am

Forty-five times the word “Guilty” rang out over the head of Jerry Sandusky, but that’s nothing compared with the single “Guilty” spoken in the Philadelphia courtroom where Monsignor William Lynn was on trial for child endangerment. He didn’t abuse anyone, but moved a priest known to be a danger into another parish, where that priest continued his abusive ways.

That’s the verdict that ought to send shockwaves around the country. Whether you are a bishop, university administrator, or anyone else in a supervisory role, it’s better to face the music for the misdeeds of an underling than to try to sweep them under the rug and pretend nothing ever happened.

Late Night: Occupy Newark Greets Occupy Caravan

By: Friday June 15, 2012 8:09 pm

Occupiers are traveling caravan-style from the 4 corners of the United States to converge in Philly for a national gathering from June 30 to July 4, picking up riders and vehicles along the way. The Northeast caravan will stop in Newark, New Jersey overnight on 6/29.

You are welcome to join the actions, festivities and share the evening’s potluck meal. Bring your signs! Bring your instruments! Bring your voices!!!

#OccupySupply #NATGAT Presentation [video]

By: Friday June 15, 2012 1:00 pm

The mainstream media is busy painting Occupy as dead meanwhile Occupiers are continuing the fight for social and economic justice on all fronts. Occupy Philadelphia has been organizing for the Occupy National Gathering in Philadelphia since October, and now only a few weeks away, everyone is gearing up for an action packed week in Philly. Nate Kleinman who has been a major part of the organizing process joined us for a National Gathering Presentation to discuss the process used to create this sure-to-be historic event.

Questioning the Paternalism of Patriarchs

By: Saturday May 5, 2012 9:00 am

Patriarchal paternalism is at the heart of leadership, according to the Vatican’s Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith in their assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

Sadly, that kind of paternalistic leadership rarely works out well. See the stories pouring out of a Philadelphia courtroom over the last month, or the horrific story from Sister Joan Chittister, OSB from her recent trip to Africa.

I thank God for those who speak out against anyone who imperiously looks at the world and asks “Who are you to question us?” I thank God for the sisters of LCWR, and especially for Sister Joan.

Will Komen Cut Off Grants to Catholic Hospitals, Too?

By: Thursday February 2, 2012 1:16 pm

Komen for the Cure says that there’s nothing personal about cutting off funds to Planned Parenthood. It’s just business, you know, and since they’re under investigation, we can’t get caught up in that.

That’s funny, because I’ve been reading of investigations — and even admissions — of financial irregularities in several dioceses of the Roman Catholic Church. Given that Komen sends grant money to Catholic institutions like Georgetown University, it makes me wonder if GU will be losing their money next.

Unless GU and other Catholic institutions are losing their funds too, this “it’s just our policy” line is Komen blowing smoke, and that makes me sick.

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