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The Declaration

The Questionable Benefits of Philadelphia's New Fusion Center

The folly of domestic security intelligence-gathering centers, or fusion centers – now facing criticism from both sides of the aisle in Washington, D.C. – is about to stumble into Philadelphia, with our cash-strapped city footing $10 million of the $20 million bill amid the expected closing of 37 public schools.

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The Declaration

Confirmed: PA State Police Purchased Controversial StingRay Surveillance Technology Last Year

  By Dustin Slaughter The Declaration has learned that Pennsylvania State Police have been in possession of a highly-controversial type of surveillance technology, known as StingRay, since Dec......

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The Murky Legality of Philadelphia Police Department's License Plate Reader Program

By Dustin Slaughter The Philadelphia Police Department is using Automatic License Plate Readers (ALPR), which enable patrol car mounted and stationary pole cameras to collect images of over 1,800 l......

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In Fighting Disclosure of Philly License Plate Reader Records, Officials Claim Every Driver is 'Under Investigation'

By Dustin Slaughter The City of Philadelphia does not want you to know in which neighborhoods the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) is focusing their use of powerful automatic license plate read......

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Review: "This Is Not About 9/11"

By Dustin Slaughter I would like to salute The ashes of American flags And all the fallen leaves Filling up shopping bags - Ashes of American Flags, Wilco The scene: Present Day. A spartan stage wi......

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Video: Annual West Philly "Dumpster Derby"

By Dustin Slaughter Dozens of West Philly residents gathered Thursday evening at 43rd and Spruce for the Dumpster Derby, a wholly-unorganized - meaning this raucous awesomeness just happens - famil......

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City Officials Fight Release of Suspicious Activity Reporting

By Dustin Slaughter The Philadelphia Police Department and city solicitor Shelley Smith's office are refusing to release documents pertaining to an intelligence-gathering program called "Look Up, S......

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Two Narcotics Cops Detained for Trial, Three on House Arrest, After Dramatic Hearing

By Dustin Slaughter, Kenneth Lipp, and Joshua Albert Five of six Philadelphia narcotics officers indicted last week faced two federal magistrate judges this afternoon for arraignment and pre-trial ......

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Penn Student Questioned at Her Dorm by Philly PD Homeland Security over #FergusonPHL Posts

  By Kenneth Lipp and Dustin Slaughter Recent organizing and demonstrations around the issue of police accountability in Philly, set in motion by grand jury decisions in Ferguson, MO and State......

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Opinion: Protesters to Dip Toes in Revamped Dilworth Park's First Amendment Waters

  By Dustin Slaughter The right to assemble for a redress of grievances in what was once a public space formerly known as Dilworth Plaza - now Dilworth Park - is currently in the grip of the C......

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The Declaration

Abu-Jamal, Others Sue Attorney General and Philly DA Over "Revictimization Relief Act"

By Dustin Slaughter The Abolitionist Law Center has filed a lawsuit (included below) in Middle District Court today, less than one month after the controversial Revictimization Relief Act was signe......

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Philly's Right-to-Know and 2015 - Part One

By Dustin Slaughter Newsworks' Holly Otterbein reported last week on yet another troubling deficiency in the public's right to access government records: namely, city employees can, and often do, a......

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Update: Right-Wing Think Tank Behind Pay-to-Protest Scheme, Anti-PFT Campaign

By Dustin Slaughter Billy Penn confirmed this afternoon that a conservative, Harrisburg-based think tank called the Commonwealth Foundation is behind an anti-Philadelphia Federation of Teachers cam......

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"Guerilla" Marketing Firm Tapped to Counter-Protest Thursday's SRC Demonstration in Forthcoming Anti-Union Campaign

By Dustin Slaughter A high-profile, New York City-based advertising firm has been tapped by a group called "PFT Fails" to provide counter-protesters for Thursday's demonstration against the School ......