April 20, 2013 |
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. - Opponents of a massive Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline converged on a snowy Nebraska town Thursday for a critical hearing on the project, but they already were preparing for acts of civil disobedience should President Obama approve it. Despite a storm that brought sleet and snow to Nebraska, the U.S. State Department hearing in Grand Island drew more than 1,000 supporters and opponents from around the state, as well as outside activists...
April 18, 2013
I KNOW that people are always searching for truth and often try to find it in a trendy, cool, new religion. The central tenet of this hot new religion in Pennsylvania appears to be that the PSSA and other standardized tests are the Devil's work. Does this bold new claim come from Pope Francis, seeking a return to Catholic orthodoxy? Does it come from any of the Protestant sects that broke with the Catholic Church during the Protestant Reformation? Maybe Jews or Muslims have discovered this in a sacred text?
January 22, 2013 |
The words, about 7,000 in all, were scribbled in the margins of newspapers and on other scrap paper. They did not show the soaring rhetoric he would use in a famous speech in Washington just months later. But some say the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter From Birmingham Jail" – a sharp, at times line-by-line rebuke of arguments white clergymen made denouncing King's tactic of nonviolent protest – marked a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement, swaying clergymen to become more and more involved.
April 1, 2012 |
SANFORD, Fla. - Thousands joined a march Saturday through the Florida town where 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer, vowing to continue protesting until an arrest is made. Protesters carried signs, chanted "Justice for Trayvon," and clutched the hands of their children while they walked from Crooms Academy of Information Technology - the county's first high school for black students - to the Sanford Police Department. The march was organized by the NAACP and was one of several taking place over the weekend.
February 22, 2012 |
Gossip guzzlers are going stark raving nuts over a TMZ photo that shows America's sweetie, Drew Barrymore , 37 Wednesday, outside a physician's office holding a sonogram photo print. This must mean she and fiancé Will Kopelman are expecting their first baby! Heck, it could also mean Drew had a friend's photo! Perhaps she wanted to mess with TMZ and asked some random patient, "Ma'am, may I borrow your sonogram?" Whitney cemetery closed The Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, N.J., where Whitney Houston was laid to rest on Sunday, closed its gates to the public Monday following an onrush of fans who clogged its tiny lanes with more than 100 cars.
February 6, 2012 |
Despite its significant history, the Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library in Philadelphia is an unimposing structure - save for the two armed guards standing out front. Bedecked in Union blue, the guards leaned on their rifles Sunday ushering in patrons with a tip of the kepi. During the first Sunday of each month, the museum opens its doors to the public and invites speakers to discuss topics that have thematic relevance. In recognition of February's being Black History Month, Sunday's topic was a man who was a major advocate for racial equality - nearly 100 years before the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Octavius Catto's vast contributions to the cause of civil rights were outlined for an audience of nearly 40 by Andy Waskie, a Civil War historian, professor of foreign languages at Temple University, and member of the museum's board of directors.
October 24, 2011 |
Updated at 8 a.m. Monday Philadelphia police arrested 15 people associated with Occupy Philadelphia on Sunday after blocking Eighth Street near Race Street just outside Police Headquarters. The sit-in began about 17 hours earlier as a protest march against police brutality nationwide. They were the first arrests since the movement began in the first week of October. Occupy Philadelphia, part of a larger national protest, is a grassroots demonstration against Wall Street and corporate greed that has taken on other issues, such as police brutality.
October 11, 2011 |
The morning of Aug. 24, Judy Wicks put her driver's license and $100 cash in her pocket. She wore no jewelry. Now, she was ready to be arrested. So many would join her that she needed to be unencumbered, so she wouldn't hold up the processing line. Wicks, former owner of the White Dog Cafe in Philadelphia, and 1,251 others - including a dozen or more from this area - were arrested during a two-week action in front of the White House to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada's tar sands to the Gulf of Mexico.
July 29, 2011 |
Former Delaware County congressman Bob Edgar and 10 other clergy members from around the country were arrested Thursday in Washington after they knelt to pray in the Capitol Rotunda to protest proposed cuts in social services. Edgar, 68, a United Methodist minister who heads the nonpartisan watchdog group Common Cause, was handcuffed with plastic binding, searched, and taken into custody about 1 p.m., said Mary Boyle, a spokeswoman for the group. The 11 were arrested as the impasse in Congress over raising the debt ceiling drew nearer to the Aug. 2 deadline.
July 28, 2011 |
Former Delaware County congressman Bob Edgar and 10 other religious leaders were arrested by Capitol police in Washington, D.C., Thursday afternoon after they knelt to pray in the Capitol Rotunda to protest proposed cuts to social services. Edgar, 68, a United Methodist minister who now heads the nonpartisan watchdog group Common Cause, was handcuffed with plastic binding, searched and taken into custody at about 1 p.m., said Mary Boyle, a spokeswoman for the group. "The point is to call on Congress, to essentially pray for Congress to have the wisdom and insight not to balance the budget on the backs of America's poor and middle class," Boyle said.