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Ray Torres is the director of the short film

Beyond Credit Unions

The film is available for groups to show. Contact Ray at 215 753 9022


Pampered Chef cooking supplies and treats.

My own "man-style" recipes (Very straightforward and easy to prepare).

I kinda like this as an anthem for the left these days.

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PRAWN's mission is to:
  • Network groups, organizations, and individuals to stop the repression caused by "never ending wars" at home and abroad, by the US corporate military state
  • Support organizations having common ground
  • Educate and activate the general public

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Upcoming Events

Bubbies & Zaydes (Grandparents) for Peace in the Middle East - Peace Vigil

21 November 12:00noon - 1:00pm

Held at the corner of 19th & JFK Boulevard

1st & 3rd Fridays of each month - all are invited to attend



Drone Free Horsham

Next protest: 28 November 12:00noon to 2:00pm

North corner of Horsham Air Base
Intersection of Easton Road & W. County Line Road

Facebook event page

YouTube - Living Under Drones

Protests held on Apr13, Jun13, Jul13, Apr14, May14, Jun14

US Social Forum Philadelphia

The US Social Forum taking place in Philadelphia, June 25-29, 2015 is a convergence driven by the understanding that people’s movements are what create social change. It is an opportunity for regional and issue-specific social justice projects to work toward broader unity. The goal is to map out action plans for a cohesive movement and organize to be on the offense against all forms of oppression.


Midsection archive

climate march

Climate March NYC / Comments from reporter Naomi Klein. / The significance of the march

Rally for Michael Brown

rally for gaza

Rally for Gaza


Gay Pride Parade - Vets For Peace and FUMCOG contingents


May Day 2014


Pennsylvania's Governor Tom Corbett arranges to meet with students of one of the schools that he's been defunding, but cancels when students, parents and teachers make it clear that they were goingto protest his visit. We all assembled anyway.

drone protest

Anti-drones protest

group photo

Syria strike protest

Horsham Air Base

Protest at Horsham Air Base about proposed Drone Command Center

Anonymous protests

Last (?) Protest on behalf of Pfc. Bradley Manning

gay pride parade

The 2013 Philly Gay Pride Parade

Brad Manning demo

Demonstration on behalf of Bradley Manning, whose court-martial begins next Monday.


May Day USA 2013
May Day 2013

Horsham Air Base drone protest
Protesting drones at Horsham Air Base

Sandy Hook Vigil
Vigil for Sandy Hook Elementary School
Visual essay on event and on the gun control issue

near Liberty Bell
Occupy message to Veterans
Convergence in Philly
Official NatGat promo video
National Gathering Facebook page
Live-blog of National Gathering

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Rally at the School Board to defeat the Knudsen Plan

May Day Rally
Also, same problems that apply to privatized schools apply to prisons as well.

Decarcerate PA
DecarceratePA march & rally
PhillyIMC story

bellringer with vigilers in background
The "Final Friday" vigil concludes

Dilworth Plaza

Occupation of Dilworth Plaza, Philadelphia

Protesting War in Libya

Declare Peace
Declare Peace & protest of interception of Boat to Gaza

Mt Airy Day
Mt Airy Day 2011


Philadelphia's Take Back The Night annual march and testimony

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UNAC opposed to the wars abroad

Lafayette Park
Noting the beginning of the 8th year of the Iraq War. Also, protest of how Pfc. Bradley Manning is being treated.

At Love Park
Two protests in support of the citizens, workers and unions of Wisconsin.
MSB Plaza     Love Park

rally for Egypt
In support of the Egyptian people against their dictator Hosni Mubarak. Update on situation. Videos of another protest shortly afterwards.

Vets protest

Veteran-Led Civil Resistance to U.S. Wars
Announcement    \ Flyers    Photos   Huffington Post

March & Rally to End the Wars

Protesting Islamophobia at Temple U.

around reflecting pool
One Nation Rally Washington DC Oct 2010

Don't [eff] with our activists!
Protesting FBI intimidation of peace activists. Brandywine piece on PhillyIMC. Pieces on PhillyAgainstWar blog 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5.

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Fundraiser for US Ship to Gaza

Gay Pride Parade
Philadelphia's second annual Gay Pride Parade

Archive of actions & photos

Info, articles, etc.

D'oh! Oops! Texas Governor Rick Perry appointed a panel to figure out how to improve Texas' really low-quality health care. They suggested the ACA/Obamacare! Naturally, Texans want nothing to do with it, but now Perry has to explain why Texas citizens have to live with sub-standard health care, now that it's clear that they're doing so, not because they have to, but because of a clearly deliberate and conscious choice.

Shorter Fox News: "Do we support your free speech? Wel-l-l-l, it depends. Which side are you on?"

Sounds to me like Missouri Governor Nixon knows full well that the Grand Jury is going to come back with a verdict exonerating the killer of Michael Brown.

How ya like yer "small government" now, conservatives?!?!?! Childhood hunger is at an all-time high point and homeless children are now one in 30.

Cool science stuff! Water probably derives from elsewhere, not here in our own solar system, meaning it's probably more common in the cosmos than we thought.

In case any of your friends, buddies or pals are having a hard time understanding net neutrality of why Senator Cruz is an idiot for opposing it, these nekkid (Censored, of course) females will explain for y'all! Oh, and Senator Al Franken joins in on the Senator Cruz bashing.

This is what we call "worst of both worlds" -type coverage with the big Ebola panic of last month. The networks surrendered their dignity AND they didn't get a ratings boost.

In the Michael Brown case, Police Officer Darren Wilson claimed to be greatly injured during his altercation with Brown. Strangely enough [/snark] the videos of him entering and leaving the police station show a completely uninjured Wilson.

Hmm, Fox News present its news with lots of pretty, half-dressed women. Wasn't it Cecil B. DeMille who first realized that? That you can get away with showing lots of skin as long as you presented it with tones of pious condemnation?

Naomi Klein says: "If not capitalism then what?" Check out our Beautiful Solutions gallery!"

Interesting quote from Senator McConnell: "I had maybe naively hoped the president wold look at the results of the election and decide to come to the political center and do some business with us," McConnell said. "I still hope he does at some point, but the early signs are not good."
Problem is, the President IS in the center! It's the Republican opposition that's way out on the fringe. Again, the vote was only that of a little over a third of the population. McConnell's referring to the desires of a pretty small group.

Very excellent suggestion for Fox News to try on the Gruber/ACA/transparency story. Fox has investigative resorces. Use them! Get some people on the story and see whether it's true or false.

Updates on the spacecraft that landed on a comet. Cool news is that they think coming close to the sun will spark up the solar panels and revive Philae

Guide to the big-box stores that will and won't be open on Thanksgiving. Also, are Black Friday and stores opening on Thanksgiving even good for the retailers? Evidence is good that people shopping on those days are simply shifting their shopping from other days.

This is a really good case study in propaganda. The Wall St. Journal doesn't lie, they just don't give you some highly relevant details, thereby distorting the whole story.

D'oh! Oops! Familiar with the phrase "worst of both worlds"? Turns out when you have more guns, you have more suicides and gun accidents, but also, more crime.

1.Freedomwrks, run by the Koch brothers, comes out against net neutrality. Spokesperson doesn't appear to have any idea as to what net neutrality actually means.

Yeah, this is definitely one of the less persuasive arguments I've heard on climate change.
"All of us want to make energy as clean as we can as fast as we can."
Cool! I can work with that, BUT
"We want to do it in ways that don't raise the energy costs..."
Uuh...wait...what? You want to fix the global warming problem, but it has to be done for free?!?!?!?!

I support Israel in a lot of cases, but keeping a medical doctor from getting to Gaza to treat patients seems pretty hard to justify.

I signed this petition to let all employees of Kmart take Thanksgiving off. Truly sad that people are being forced to work on a holiday that was never meant to be commercial.

Reporters like Matt Taibbi (Rolling Stone), movements like Occupy, these are what we need to bring the financial people to heel and to make finances serve the rest of us, not just the financial elites.

Serious problem with Jonathan Gruber's comments on getting the ACA/Obamacare passed is that his criticisms aren't even true.

The blogger Digby observes to collapse of the Blue Dog Democrats in this last election. Good riddance to a useless group.

From the WaPo: Why Election Day needs to be a national holiday.

From TPM: "Mitch McConnell: 'This unrealistic plan that the president would dump on his successor would ensure higher utility rates and far fewer jobs.'" Hmm, that's a very good point. Humanity might survive, but we might have to pay higher utility rates. Hmm, what to do? What to do? [/snark] Actually, both the job loss and higher utility rates are highly debatable.

Heh! Senator calls out Fox News people for being cruel to regular, non-wealthy folks. Naturally, they're quite offended, but he's absolutely right. Hmm, not sure I agree that people weren't aware that the ACA subsidized the less healthy people by using premiums from the more healthy people. I thought all along that that was the trade-off that the ACA was pretty explicitly making.

Decade-long task comes to fruition as European Space Agency lands craft on the comet designated Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

All right! A major objection to regulating greenhouse gases, that China isn't pulling its weight and making sacrifices just as we are, is now obsolete as China agrees to specific goals. And scientists who deal with climate change are pretty happy about the proposed deal with China. They have cautions and qualifications, of course, but they're pleased overall.

I like this solar bicycle path because anti-solar people have made the argument that solar panels cover over lots of ground. That's a reasonable objection and placing solar panels beneath roads (two layers of safety glass and it's a road for much lighter bicycles, not for heavier cars) appears to meet that objection in a satisfactory manner. For the same reason, rooftop solar panels and panels over parking lots and waterways are also good ideas because the ground is covered over anyway.

Woo hoo! Good! ďOn November 11th, President Barack Obama released a powerful, unambiguous statement in support of reclassifying the internet as a telecommunications service...Ē

Good! Obama's going to try and sign a nuclear deal with Iran before the new Congress takes over. I would very much like to see this succeed. Looks like there's enough common ground and I hope the Iranians understand that time is short. Once the new Senate takes office, the chances of getting a treaty through becomes pretty hopeless.

The Republicans really, really hate it when you point out that only about a third of eligible voters voted. Kinda hard to claim any sort of mandate with numbers like that.

Turns out climate change wasn't mentioned at all during the campaign (I don' watch much TV, so I wasn't aware of that). Kind of amazing as that determines whether the human race survives until 2100 or not.

*Groan*!!! Yeah, this is a pretty hilarious correction as the whole piece should have been replaced with a sentence or two saying essentially:"Oops!" Breitbart News confused two people who happen to have the same name, but nothing else in common.

Chuck Todd, who's obviously very overworked and clearly doesn't have the time to write a good book, tries to write one anyway. Result is kind of a mess.

1.Excellent argument for marriage equality. The dissenting judge in this case sees it as a deeply human issue, where real people are helped or hurt. The other judges just see it as an abstract issue, with bloodless theories and impersonal philosophical priorities.

Yeah, these guys want to "help" ordinary workers by changing the ACA definition of full-time work from 30 hours and above to 40 hours. Problem is, it's very easy for an employer to reduce workers from 40 hours to 39 to escape ACA requirements It's much harder for them to reduce a 40-hour workweek to 30, which was precisely why the 30-hour workweek was adopted.

Was the election about the ACA? Should the President make concessions on it? No, the ACA was irrelevant to this election.

So what's the agenda of the GOP now? Why impeachment, of course! On what charges?, we might ask. "Oh...tch...aah, bothersome details!"

I've been hearing about this guy who wants a "diverse KKK." The "imperial wizard of the United Klans of America" is not impressed.

Oh good grief! CNN drags up a long-dead, moth-eaten "scandal" from the 1990s. Looking into one of the sources that MMFA refers to, we hear that the Clintons are described as "...arrivistes" ó nobodies from nowhere who climbed the power ladder through what he calls the 'neoliberal' strategy of 'nonstop self-promotion.'" Lyons points out, quite properly, that "self-promotion" is neither neoliberal, nor is it liberal, nor is it conservative. It's just plain something that ALL politicians do!

Republicans gained a "landslide" in the election?!?!?!?! With just a little over 30% of the public showing up at the polls? ďI don't think that word means what you think it means.Ē

The Inky reprinted this from the WaPo today. Sorry, but I find it really, REALLY hard to see how "the well" could be any more poisoned than it already is. It's been over a year since the immigration bill came over to the House from the Senate and Speaker Boehner's done nothing but twiddle his thumbs over it since.

Very nteresting to see that CNN thinks that Senator Mitch McConnell has now switched from being an obstructionist to being a conciliator. They somehow think that McConnell has sought common ground with Democrats, at any time, in any way, over the last six years.

Interesting analysis of the election results. The Blue Dog (That is, conservative, Wall St. representing) Democrats did very poorly, meaning the Congress is more polarized than ever. No, we haven't reached a Republican Nirvana. Look forward to lots and lots of fighting and disunity.

Ha ha! Y'see, right wingers are convinced, convinced I tell you!!!, that for a President to do poorly in a midterm election is absolutely unprecedented and that he should "listen to the people" and completely surrender all of his accomplishments. Actually, the 2002 election, where the President's party gained seats in a midterm election, was the outlier, a very unusual result. It's quite normal for the President's party to lose seats in a midterm election. Does that mean the President should surrender his agenda? Of course not.

I like these two pieces from Dkos because they're both saying that Democrats have to shape up and act better if they hope to win elections in the future. DKos is not slavishly supportive of the Ds, they're critically supportive, not afraid of saying "Y'all are effin' up, guys!"

And yes, as poorly as Democrats did, let's not overlook the fact that the media played its usual role of focusing on trivia and ignoring substance.

To all the people who say we need to vote for a third party. Governor LePage (R-ME) only won 47.83% of the vote. The Democrat and the Independent together won 52.23%. Because there WAS an Independent, Maine is stuck with a Governor they rejected by a little over four points. Thanks Independents! %$#*@%%#!!!

So, after Election Day 2014, Republicans won big, but did the GOP win any sort of mandate? It's hard to make the case that it did.

Texas sees surge of disenfranchised voters

Gee thanks, CNN! Really appreciate your focus on the GOP, two days prior to the midterm election in which TWO parties are running!!! And why the %$#@ is Rand Paul supposed to be so &*%$ing important?!?!?!?!

Co-founder of the Weather Channel and current CEO of the Weather Channel argue over whether global warming is real. Neither one has expertise in climate science, either by education or by working in the field. Meanwhile, hundreds of scientists worked on scientific report, warning of ďsevere, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.Ē What do you think the media focussed on? Bingo! Right answer! They focussed on the "he-said, she-said controversy."

My apologies. A while ago, I said that the case against charter schools was so clear and compelling, why bother writing about it? Well, it looks like Time Magazine didn't get the memo. We gotta keep stating what, to many of us, is already quite obvious.


Back when Mitt Romney was running for president, people figured that as a businessman, he'd be able to re-direct his business skills to running the country effectively and we'd all be better off. Well, here's a fellow who worked in a hedge fund, just like Romney worked at Bain Capital, left Wall Street and moved to Main Street companies (Sears and K-Mart) and those companies have done horribly! No, we DON'T need the skills of hedge fund managers.

Excellent point! This campaign seems like the campaign of 2004. The public agreed to continue with the Iraq War and didn't like how John Kerry "looked French," but the Republican Party had no obvious agenda beyond that. We know that Senator Mitch McConnell talked about how he tried to "reform" (Read: destroy) Social Security, so we might see a revival of G.W. Bush's attempt to hand over our retirement money to Wall Street. Is that their agenda?

Several conservative-led states are using a database to show that voter fraud is occurring and that people (Who, amazingly enough, just¬†happen¬†to be of ethnic groups that just¬†happen¬†to vote Democratic) are voting multiple times. A data professional shows why any database¬†is absolutely worthless¬†for proving any such thing. At best, a database can provide what a salesperson calls “leads,” but those leads need to be investigated after the “match” is made so that it can be confirmed valid.

Second set of attorneys¬†quit¬†on Congress' “case” against the President.

Yeah, our "Fox News Liberal" shows that he's far more Fox News than he ever was a liberal.

Hmm, liberal vs conservative, Milbank vs Krauthammer. Who's right? I give 'em both the booby prize! They're both completely wrong!

Charter schools are such complete dogs! Report on still more waste, fraud and abuse.

DKos doesn't usually like Politico, but as it doesn't like Andrew Cuomo much either, (it considers him more a Wall Street-favoring Blue Dog than a real Democrat) it's perfectly happy to recommend this piece on his book.

Very cool! After the explosion of a US rocket meant to supply a satellite, Russia steps up to the plate and is ready to assist.

Ha ha ha! Sarah Palin may run for President “despite the haters.” No hate from here! I¬†love¬†the idea of Palin splitting the conservative vote!

Very saddening to read¬†this piece¬†on “GamerGate” and yes, I'm very distressed to see that those who lack male privilege get far more harassment than we males do.

Court refuses to intervene in case of 40,000 missing registrations in Georgia.

What do Republicans want to replace the ACA with? Um, okay. Gee, why wasn't this plan presented back in 2008 as an alternative to the ACA? Probably because it's really,†REALLY cheap and terrible! Also, how is the GOP handling their opposition to “Obamacare” now that it's helping well over 10 million people? Basically,†by being really vague and fuzzy.

Pretty stupid. Grimes' answer to a single question was not a good one, but Ernst is a serious right-wing extremist radical. Natcherly, the Beltway traditional press corps thinks Grimes' answer was disqualifying, but Ernst is still okay.

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