The Activists' Watch

February 17, 2023

Turning the embers into a bonfire
Calendar section

Upcoming Activist Events:
February 18 - March 3, 2023

  • Feb 18 - Charlottesville Coalition for Gun Violence Prevention meeting,
  • Feb 20 - 7 pm Staunton Organizing meeting
  • Feb 22 - 6 pm Virginia Organizing Harrisonburg/ Rockingham County Chapter meeting
  • Feb 25 - 9 am Volunteer Workday at Ivy Creek
  • Feb 27 - 7 pm Staunton Organizing meeting
  • Feb 28 - 6 pm Virginia Organizing Richmond Chapter meeting
For complete descriptions of these events, visit
The Activists' Guide Calendar.

What happened?

Feb 17, 1942 - Huey Newton born.
Huey was a co-founder of the Black Panthers.

Today's Quote

“Aren't we as a society better, stronger, when we have these best examples of humanity to rest our hopes on? And aren't we better when we can look at the failures of humanity and vow, "Never
J. Rachel Reed
K-9 Korea: The Untold Story of America's War Dogs in the Korean War
"We Stand Together" the newest iteration of Activists' Guide's "Cville Stands Together" provides daily posts from legitimate media reports. The posts depict the growing institutionalization of fascism in the US, a major symptom of which is white supremacy, and mass actions of resistance. is presented in blog format.

Here's a recent Post:

Judge Gives Ex-Philadelphia Cop Who Killed Unarmed Black Man Sitting on the Ground with a Hand Up a Lenient Sentence Because Prison Would Not ‘Make Him a Better Person’
A trial highlighted how Ruch fatally fired his weapon within six seconds of arriving on the scene in the Ogontz section of Philly, where Plowden had crashed his car while being pursued in a high-speed chase by law enforcement. Prosecutors said Plowden was in the process of surrendering to the PPD when Ruch shot and killed him.

McDermott said there were two main reasons why Ruch received such a light sentence. One, she said, over the years since being charged with the killing, he has demonstrated good behavior. Two, she believed a longer sentence would not have afforded him any rehabilitation.

“Nothing he is going to do in prison is going to make him a better person,” the judge said. The judge took it a step further and blamed the victim, saying, “Plowden was the one that created the danger.”

Under this sentence, Ruch is also eligible for parole and does not have any financial penalties attached to this criminal case.

A white former Philadelphia police officer received a sentence of fewer than two years in prison for killing an unarmed Black motorist in 2017 despite being convicted of voluntary manslaughter in September. The judge gifted him with a light sentence, as the maximum sentence he could have received was 20 years in lockup.

For details check "We Stand Together". It is now available on-line at:


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