January 20, 2016 |
At age 89, Harris Wofford is no stranger to large crowds of idealists working to change the status quo. He was a good friend of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., helped found the Peace Corps, and was a civil rights pioneer. And yet, Pennsylvania's liberal statesman was inspired Monday, two generations later, as he looked upon several thousand people gathered at Girard College for the Martin Luther King Day of Service, which Wofford had helped found several decades after King's assassination.
January 2, 2016
By Chuck Bauerlein My maternal grandfather died a few years before I was born, so I never got a chance to ask him why he brought his 16-year-old daughter with him to the city hospital that day in 1944 to help look for her missing brother and sister. The Americans had been running bombing raids over Holland, strafing Nazi forces with cluster bombs in an attempt to drive them back to Germany. My aunt and uncle had gone into town to do some shopping. When they didn't return after an hour or so, my grandfather and my mother went to find them.
November 17, 2015 |
WITH JUST under five minutes remaining in the third quarter on Sunday afternoon, Sam Bradford walked down the sideline toward the tunnel that leads to the Eagles' locker room in the bowels of Lincoln Financial Field. Flanked by a couple of team personnel, he held his left arm across his chest like it was suspended by an invisible sling. Later, when the press box announcer updated the quarterback's condition to note that he "will not return," it was not immediately clear if it was due to the injury that he suffered or an act of civil disobedience.
October 3, 2014
IN A SPEECH to the United Nations recently, President Obama said that climate change is a more serious threat than terrorism. So, why aren't more Americans terrified? A parade of panicked politicians talk about the Islamic militant group ISIS as if it were a combination of Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Soviet Union, faulting the president for not taking drastic action sooner. But climate change? What's the hurry? A majority of Americans (67 percent, in an August Pew/USA Today poll)
September 4, 2014 |
IN THE SPIRIT of a 1970s Burger King commercial, low-paid fast-food workers in Philadelphia - and around the nation - say they're more determined than ever to have it their way. Tomorrow, employees not just from Burger King but also from McDonald's, KFC, Popeyes and other iconic fast-food chains seeking a $15-an-hour wage and the right to unionize hope to stage their largest one-day job action ever - punctuated by sit-ins and other acts of civil...
August 22, 2014 |
History should decide, not the courts, whether Chris Goldstein and Don DeZarn - two New Jerseyans who each lit up a hand-rolled marijuana cigarette during a protest at Independence National Historical Park last year - belong in the same pantheon as Mohandas K. Gandhi, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Harvey Milk, and Allen Ginsberg, a federal judge said in a caustic written opinion issued this week. In her 10-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Cynthia M. Rufe in Philadelphia rejected appeals filed by Goldstein, 38, of Willingboro, and DeZarn, 48, of East Windsor, who argued that identical two-year probationary terms and $3,000 fines imposed by a lower court were harsh and that they should not have been ordered to stay away from future marijuana protests at the park, which Goldstein had organized.
January 13, 2014
'Where," asks the protagonist of Catch-22 , "are the Snowdens of yesteryear?" Some of them, as it turns out, were here. In a Philadelphia suburb one night four decades ago, as the nation watched a heavyweight championship fight between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali, an act of civil disobedience unfolded that was remarkable in many ways - among them that most of its perpetrators remained unknown until last week. Tuesday's publication of The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI , by Betty Medsger, unveiled the long-concealed story of the band of local Vietnam War opponents who broke into the FBI's offices in Media.
December 16, 2013 |
AN ORGANIZER of a marijuana-legalization rally that drew more than 100 people and ended in scuffles with law-enforcement officers on Independence Mall in May was sentenced in federal court yesterday to one year of probation. Richard Tamaccio, 34, a Philadelphian comedian who goes by the stage name N.a. Poe, was also ordered by U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry Perkin during his probation to, among other things: * Not use drugs. * Undergo drug testing. * Not enter within 100 feet of Independence National Historical Park if there is a demonstration promoting a criminal act, such as smoking pot. Tamaccio, a thin man dressed in a white button-down shirt, gray slacks and a tie with a small image of a marijuana leaf on it, was cleanshaven yesterday.
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?