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May 16, 1989 | ANDREA MIHALIK/ DAILY NEWS
They appear satisfied, and they almost seem to be dancing into a police van as members of the Pledge of Resistance who linked themselves together by the wrists and refused to leave Independence Hall are arrested yesterday. Eight people were released on $1,000 bail after being charged with trespassing and other charges. "We tried to negotiate with them, but they wanted to be arrested," U.S. Park Ranger Robert Byrne said. The demonstrators were protesting against U.S. policy in Central America, Byrne said.
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April 2, 1999 | JIM MacMILLAN / DAILY NEWS
Wheelchair-dependent demonstrators gather in front of SEPTA headquarters yesterday at 12th and Market streets to call attention to their demand for more services for people with disbilities. They began their demonstration earlier in the day at 30th Street Station.
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February 17, 1991 | By S.E. Siebert, Special to The Inquirer
A group of demonstrators destroyed an Israeli flag during a rally in Pennsburg, Montgomery County, yesterday to protest American and Israeli involvement in the Persian Gulf war. The demonstrators displayed the flag before about 30 onlookers at Pennsburg Park, dropped it to the ground and wiped the soles of their boots. A knife was used to cut the flag after a few members were unable to rip it apart with their hands. They had hoped to burn the large blue-and-white flag but were stopped by police, who said a borough ordinance prohibits open burning.
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April 6, 1989 | By Cynthia Mayer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A judge has dismissed trespassing charges against five advocates for the homeless who occupied an empty, federally owned house in Chester in July as part of a nationwide demonstration. Terry Rumsey and four other members of Jobs With Peace didn't "evince any criminal intent" when they broke a lock on the door of 320 E. 20th St. and occupied it for two hours, wrote Judge Clement J. McGovern Jr. of the Court of Common Pleas in an opinion last month. The others were Peggy Hasbrouck, Charles Jarman, Robin K. Lashersohn and Nancy Nienczyk.
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September 15, 1989 | By Idris M. Diaz and Ginny Wiegand, Inquirer Staff Writers
City Council's new term got off to a tense start yesterday as several dozen activists interrupted Council's session for about 90 minutes in a raucous reminder of last spring's bitter demonstrations over cuts in social spending. "We're here to welcome City Council back from their summer vacation," a bearded Joe Rogers of Project Share shouted across the Council floor. "What are you going to do about the homeless and hungry people that face freezing to death on our streets this winter?"
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July 1, 1990 | By Matthew Hilk, Special to The Inquirer
The Rev. Bob Lewis of Newtown Square won't deny that he and about 250 others took part in a demonstration at a Paoli abortion clinic in October. Nor, in interviews, do members of the group deny that some anti-abortion protesters blocked entrances and exits at the clinic, prompting police to make mass arrests. "Our justification is a necessity defense - kids were scheduled to die that day. We were there to protect them," Mr. Lewis said of the 129 protesters who appeared in court in Chester County last week to plead not guilty to criminal charges against them.
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April 22, 1989 | By Idris M. Diaz and Vanessa Williams, Inquirer Staff Writers
Several hundred angry demonstrators stormed City Council chambers yesterday to protest the deep cuts in social-service programs that have been proposed by Mayor Goode in the city's operating budget for next year. For almost two hours, the protesters - chanting "They say cutback, we say fight back" and "We're fired up, we can't take no more" - kept the budget hearings from even beginning. The demonstration ended without violence, but not before police arrested 12 protesters who had refused to vacate Council chambers.
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February 28, 1988 | By Karen Gress, Special to The Inquirer
Almost 50 demonstrators stood quietly outside as the West Chester Area School District board met last week, carrying signs calling for "Fair Affirmative Action Policies. " The demonstrators said that although Monday night's hiring of Peter Vaughan, associate dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania, to aid the planning and community relations committee in reviewing affirmative action policies was a step forward, the school board still had not publicly acknowledged that there was a racial discrimination problem affecting students and employees.
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January 17, 1991 | By Marianne Costantinou and Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writers Daily News staff writer Scott Heimer contributed to this report
Under serene, peaceful, almost spring-like blue skies, two groups of demonstrators took to the streets in Philadelphia during the lunch hour today to display their frustration with the hostilities under way in the Persian Gulf. But few others listened. Both groups of demonstrators, however, planned to link up at City Hall later today for an hours-long show of solidarity at which they forecast up to 1,000 participants. On the Penn campus, about 150 demonstrators protested the Gulf war in front of the Button, a statue near 36th and Walnut streets.
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August 29, 1991 | By S.E. Siebert, Special to The Inquirer
As John Peters sees it, the Philadelphia Electric Co. is undercutting service contractors and shortchanging its customers. "PECO has an unfair advantage over contractors, and we're all paying for it," he said Monday, while demonstrators paced behind him outside the utility's Bucks County office in Warminster. The 20 protesters from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Unfair Utility Practices (PCAUUP) oppose PE's customer service contracts for water and natural gas heaters. The PCAUUP is composed of businesses and individuals who say that PE's service contracts unfairly compete by offering false protection to consumers.
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August 10, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
Federal prosecutors withdrew their case Monday against four political protesters charged last month after scaling an 8-foot security fence outside the Wells Fargo Center during the Democratic National Convention. But authorities have given no indication that they intend to do the same for the seven other Bernie Sanders supporters arrested and charged under federal law during the raucous demonstrations outside the four-day event. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office did not respond to requests to explain the decision.
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August 1, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, STAFF WRITER
Mayor Kenney on Friday applauded the city's preparations and performance during the Democratic National Convention -- particularly the complete lack of arrests of protesters by the Philadelphia Police Department. "I want to thank Philadelphians for being such wonderful hosts," Kenney said at a news briefing and curtain call for the four-day convention. "I had so many people stop me on the streets and say how friendly Philadelphians really are and that's the best advertising in the world.
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July 30, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
A Rhode Island man arrested during protests outside the Democratic National Convention was carrying three "throwing knives" as he breached the eight-foot fence surrounding the Wells Fargo Center, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Jeremy Graber, 31, of Woonsocket, was among the seven demonstrators arrested Wednesday night by the Secret Service for using bolt cutters to bypass the security perimeter during the tense protests that have erupted nightly outside the convention site. Authorities signaled in court that they would seek to detain him until his trial on charges of entering a restricted zone.
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July 29, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, STAFF WRITER
As President Obama addressed the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night, hundreds of protesters challenged police outside the Wells Fargo Center. At least one person was reported to have suffered burns when she caught fire from something that had been set aflame by other demonstrators. The situation developed after 11 p.m. when protesters tried to push through a gate at Pattison Avenue near Broad Street. Police pushed back and were reinforced by dozens more. Some of the protesters seemed to side with police, calling the most aggressive "bad apples," not represented of the larger group.
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July 29, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITER
Flashing supporters a broad smile and a peace sign, demonstrator Anna Marie Stenberg was released Wednesday after nearly 20 hours in federal custody for scaling the 8-foot security fence outside the Democratic National Convention . The 69-year-old activist, no stranger to protest arrests, was one of four Bernie Sanders supporters charged Tuesday with a federal crime for entering the restricted zone surrounding the Wells Fargo Center. But lawyers for Stenberg and the others called their arrests arbitrary and questioned Wednesday why they face possible criminal records while other demonstrators walked away with only $50 civil citations.
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July 29, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
At least 69 demonstrators in Philadelphia this week have had their hands zip-tied behind their backs by police before being whisked away to an elementary school where they were issued citations for disorderly conduct and released. So, were they arrested? Legally, no, police say. Demonstrators weren't charged with anything, thanks to legislation passed by City Council ahead of the Democratic National Convention that decriminalized many nuisance crimes associated with street protests.
NEWS
July 26, 2016 | By Tricia Nadolny, Steve Bohnel, Erin Serpico and Vibha Kannan, STAFF WRITERS
An environmental advocate dressed in a furry, head-to-clawed-paw polar bear suit defied Philadelphia's staggering heat wave on Sunday and prepared to join thousands of more comfortably dressed protesters at the March for a Clean Energy Revolution. The polar bear made it to the end, not only in costume but on message! #CleanEnergyMarch pic.twitter.com/nEDXXspDNf — Tricia L. Nadolny (@TriciaNadolny) July 24, 2016 The march, aimed at banning the natural gas drilling practice known as fracking, promised thousands of participants from all 50 states on the eve of the Democratic National Convention.
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July 25, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
A small group of antiabortion protesters marched Saturday to the notorious West Philadelphia abortion clinic once operated by Kermit Gosnell, where they chanted "DNC, defend unborn children" as a plane flew overhead carrying that message on an aerial banner. The group of 30 opposing the candidacy of Hillary Clinton was the first of many protest and advocacy groups scheduled to take to the streets in the run-up to the Democratic National Convention, which begins Monday. Among the speakers was Catherine Foster, a Washington-based attorney who was in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention last week.
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July 22, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
Protesters preparing for the Democratic National Convention are ready - and organized. Members of disparate groups have collaborated to create a handbook for marchers, a schedule of events, and even their own newspaper. On Wednesday, the DNC Action Committee, which is working to coordinate the many planned protests and rallies, released information on demonstrations and events during the city's week in the national spotlight. "I do believe they built a stage on top of this city and they thought it was just going to be their show," said Brianna Jones, founder of the Action Committee, which has hosted bi-weekly meetings to unite different groups.
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