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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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?"
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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May 3, 2015 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 1, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
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.
NEWS
January 21, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Aubrey Whelan, and Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
December 22, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 27, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Vernon Clark, and Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writers
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...
NEWS
November 23, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 27, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
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...
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July 27, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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