May 16, 1989 |
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.
April 2, 1999 |
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.
February 17, 1991 |
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.
April 6, 1989 |
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.
September 15, 1989 |
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?"
July 1, 1990 |
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.
April 22, 1989 |
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.
February 28, 1988 |
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.
January 17, 1991 |
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.
August 29, 1991 |
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.