May 3, 2015 |
Now-aging firebrands who endured fear and pain to desegregate Girard College 50 years ago walked smiling past its imposing stone walls Friday. They were greeted on the steps of Founder's Hall by red-blazered students - mostly minorities - who applauded, then sang for the 10 so-called freedom fighters, whose efforts opened the school for the very kids who were honoring them. "We are your legacy," senior Brandon Dixon, a national scholarship winner bound for Harvard, told the one-time demonstrators, one of whom cried openly.
May 1, 2015 |
HUNDREDS of demonstrators flooded the city's streets yesterday pledging solidarity with Baltimore. But unlike the chaotic riots that tore the Charm City apart earlier this week, last night was a relatively peaceful one in the City of Brotherly Love. Peaceful, but not quiet. A massive crowd armed with drums, banners and signs and echoing chants moved through Center City and Chinatown, just barely dipping into North Philly during its lengthy march. Its message was clear: Deaths like that of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old who suffered fatal spinal injuries allegedly while riding in a Baltimore police van, underscore a problem with policing in the 21st century.
January 21, 2015 |
It was a day of love and anger, of cold and heat, of old promises kept and others demanded anew. Senior citizens hobbled through Philadelphia on Monday as part of a giant protest march dominated by young ideals, and children drew signs to help voters during service projects to honor a man they never knew. Duality marked the region's annual celebration of Martin Luther King's Birthday - quiet moments of the traditional Day of Service overshadowed by one of the biggest demonstrations in recent history.
December 22, 2014 |
Several dozen children staged a "die-in" Saturday morning in Philadelphia, lying down at the intersection of City Avenue and Monument Road to have their young voices heard. "Everybody is a part of the world, and everybody should be treated equally," said Aniyah Ayres, the eight-year-old force behind the Aniyah's Mission group that helped organize the demonstration. The children and parents marched carrying signs and chanting phrases that have become recognizable around the country: "All lives matter," "I can't breathe," "No justice, no peace.
November 27, 2014 |
Several hundred demonstrators flooded a central Philadelphia thoroughfare at evening rush hour Tuesday and snaked through city streets for several hours in protest of a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer for shooting to death an unarmed black man. Marchers filed up four-lane North Broad Street from City Hall, stopped at Temple University, then headed to the Ninth District police station in Franklintown, capping a...
November 23, 2014 |
As a grand jury wraps up its investigation in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., dozens of demonstrations have been planned across the nation, including marches and vigils in the Philadelphia area. The grand jury is considering whether to indict Darren Wilson, 28, the white Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, 18, on Aug. 9, setting off unrest, including riots and looting, and drawing international attention. Wilson reportedly told the grand jury he feared for his life as Brown, 6-foot-4 and weighing nearly 300 pounds, came at him. Some witnesses said Brown was trying to surrender and had his hands in the air. The grand jury met Friday, but a prosecutor's spokesman could not be reached Saturday to say whether the panel was still deliberating.
September 27, 2014 |
With exotic science equipment in tow, University of Pennsylvania physics professor Larry Gladney gave Philadelphia high school students an eye-popping demonstration of the interactions among sound, light, and energy, but the key message was: "Don't give up. " "The only thing that succeeds is persistence," said Gladney, who conducted experiments before 120 students Wednesday at the High School for the Creative and Performing Arts as part of program...
July 27, 2014 |
Bursting with anger at the growing death toll in the Gaza Strip, 300 pro-Palestinian demonstrators hurled invective through bullhorns Friday outside the Center City office tower that houses the Israeli consulate in Philadelphia. "Israel, Israel, what do you say?" they chanted. "How many kids have you killed today?" For nearly three weeks, Hamas militants in Gaza have rained incessant rocket fire on Israel, and the Israel Defense Forces have bombed Gaza and invaded the coastal strip.
June 10, 2014
IT IS a comfort, albeit one of small caliber, to learn that there are actions people can take in the cause of gun rights that are so extreme they give pause to some poor soul within the headquarters of the National Rifle Association. Recent demonstrations in Texas in which proponents of open-carry gun laws have toted rifles into fast food outlets en masse got a written reprimand from the NRA - until a spokesman apologized for the criticism. Got that? NRA says don't go so far, gun demonstrators, then apologizes because, well, somebody went too far in suggesting that scary tactics are ill-advised.
April 13, 2014 |
Low-wage workers at Philadelphia International Airport urged Philadelphia voters Friday to approve a question on the May 20 primary ballot that would increase the minimum wage for employees hired by airport subcontractors to $10.88 an hour. The workers, who earn an average of $7.85 an hour, rallied outside the airport's Terminal B carrying signs reading: "Don't leave us behind the Big Apple!" After a heated campaign by airport workers in New York, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey recently asked four airlines - American, Delta, JetBlue, and United - at LaGuardia and Kennedy airports to grant an immediate raise of $1 an hour for workers earning less than $9. The raise will be phased-in to $10.10 an hour.