Plans for a major revamp of the Hampstead Museum at Burgh House are under way to celebrate the 40th anniversary in 2019 of the Grade I historic Queen Anne mansion being saved from being sold off by Labour-controlled Camden Council.
But it will mean the launch – and success of – a fundraising drive to cover the estimated £100,000 cost of the enterprise, which will result in the museum’s permanent collection no longer being based in a chronological order over past centuries.
Supporters from “The Mobilization for Mumia” converged at the Philadelphia district attorney’s office, (3 South Penn Square) on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 30, to pressure them to comply with a recent court order instructing them to release all files pertaining to former DA Ron Castille’s handling of Mumia Abu-Jamal’s appeals by May 30.
Simultaneously, they also were demanding the release of all the files of 16 other Philadelphia defendants whose cases were also heard April 24, 2017, by Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Leon Tucker, to determine if the ruling applied to their cases.
America does an excellent job at shaming its poor people. Sure, there are state and federal programs that exist to help them. And in this way, we can pat ourselves on the back and make ourselves feel better about our supposed sense of charity.
But look below the surface and you will also see a consistent pattern of policies that are designed to stigmatize and punish the impoverished for their condition.
Recently in Wisconsin, the state’s budget committee approved a plan to drug test Medicaid recipients, despite zero evidence existing that those who receive public benefits use drugs.