August 29, 1994 |
Thousands turned out for the 12th Annual Children's Festival in Hunting Park yesterday. This year's festival, sponsored by the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights, was dedicated to Felicia Colon, who was killed by a stray bullet on July 21 - her 6th birthday.
August 30, 1993 |
Food, music and fun ruled the day at the 11th Annual Children's Festival in Hunting Park yesterday. The gathering was sponsored by the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights. "This event is one of the few positive things this drug-infested Hunting Park community has," said Efrain Roche, coordinator. The festival also featured sporting events and entertainment by local groups.
June 3, 1993 |
Members of the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights stage a candlelight vigil outside the East Falls home of Councilwoman Joan Specter. They want her vote to override a possible mayoral veto of a police-review bill. "Joan Specter came to our doorsteps looking for many votes to elect her," Wilfredo Rojas said. "Now it's our turn to go to her doorstep for one vote. "
October 14, 1993 |
Leo Arroyo, holding a Puerto Rican flag, and about 50 other people yesterday demonstrated outside the Federal Court House to urge Sens. Harris Wofford, D-Pa., and Arlen Specter, R-Pa., to support the Sentencing Uniformity Act of 1993, which would end mandatory minimum sentences. The "Hope and Justice for the Inmates" rally was sponsored by the National Congress of Puerto Rican Rights, which believes mandatory minimum sentencing is destroying families and the prison system is overcrowded with non-violent, first-time offenders.
August 29, 1988 |
The trip from Haverford in Delaware County to the corner of Fifth Street and Lehigh Avenue in North Philadelphia took Carmelo Miranda only about 30 minutes yesterday, but for him it was as good as going home. Miranda stood in the middle of the 2700 block of North Fifth Street eating an alcapuria and listening to music from his native Puerto Rico. "It's kind of nice," he said. The people standing all around him did not need translations when the musical guests were introduced in Spanish, and neither did he. "This is about the only place I can go and feel at home," said Miranda, 23, a student at Haverford College, who has been studying in Haverford for four years.
November 13, 1993 |
Puerto Ricans face an important choice about the future of their homeland tomorrow. Will they ask for statehood, remain a commonwealth of the United States, or try independence? Regardless of what happens, Philadelphia's Puerto Rican community won't have a say. They can't vote in the plebiscite. And they say it's not fair. "All of us wish that we could vote, but it doesn't do any good," said Ramonita Rivera, president of the Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations.
May 30, 1987 |
A radical plan to completely restructure the central government was presented to the Federal Convention yesterday. The plan, in the form of 15 resolves, was read in the silence of the State House Assembly Room by the head of the Virginia delegation, Gov. Edmund Randolph. The delegation has been privately developing the proposal in meetings here over the last two weeks. The plan - or "correction," as the Virginians mildly term it - was detailed in a three-hour speech by the 33-year-old governor.
September 26, 2007 |
WITH A WAR on two fronts, global warming, soaring oil prices, toxic imports, and the president of Iran at the U.N., it's nice to see that Congress had time to discuss hip-hop at a hearing yesterday entitled "From Imus to Industry: The business of stereotypes and degrading images. " Sounds like a master's thesis. With a plethora of prepared statements, lawmakers, music industry execs and rappers pointed fingers in different directions as to the cause of the problem - assuming it is a problem - but all managed to agree that censorship is not the answer.
June 29, 1988 |
Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev yesterday kicked off an extraordinary Communist Party conference with a radical proposal to scrap the current rubber-stamp parliament and replace it with a popularly elected national congress led by a president. The startling suggestion, which went beyond the previously announced "theses" approved for discussion by the party's Central Committee, would reduce the party's role in government and create a representative legislature. "Establishing the post of president of the U.S.S.
October 22, 1996 |
Former Managua Mayor Arnoldo Aleman declared victory yesterday in Nicaragua's presidential election, holding a seemingly insurmountable lead as the votes were slowly tallied. Aleman, of the conservative Liberal Alliance, maintained an unwavering 9-point lead throughout the day over former President Daniel Ortega as results from Sunday's voting were repeatedly updated by the national election council. The Liberal Alliance also appeared to win the largest block of seats in the national congress, though it was not immediately certain that it would hold an absolute majority.