Two weeks ago, I saw the City call in the cops on community members who wanted to...deliver a petition. Why? Because under capitalism the state (or the City in this case) exists to protect the interests of capital, not those of the people. And the police are its enforcers.
The Sheriff Sale Moratorium expired earlier this month, and with that comes the sale of empty lots to for-profit developers in an unjust, opaque process.
Working people have been handed some tough losses at the Supreme Court over the past few weeks; it both lifted the federal eviction moratorium and silently laid waste to the remnants of Roe v. Wade. We should all feel rage that because of the whims of an unelected, conservative, and capitalist Court, more families will find themselves thrown out of their homes and fewer people will be able to access abortions.
But while we feel that anger, let us also remember: For the poor among us, many laws are overturned every single day by local judges, police, employers, and landlords. For many of us, a point of no return was not crossed last week — it had been crossed long ago.
Philly DSA expresses solidarity with those affected by Hurricane Ida. New Orleans, Louisiana, and the Gulf Coast have long suffered from our government’s failure to provide adequate support for recovery in the wake of natural disasters, the prevalence and intensity of which have steadily increased with climate change.
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