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?
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.