June 17, 2016
By Ted Martin The facts are still rolling in about the horrific mass shooting in Orlando, and, as they do, each one is more troubling than the last. I can't imagine how the families and friends of the victims must feel. Even without knowing a victim personally, I am numb and deeply saddened. I'm remembering many nights out with some friends to blow off some steam and enjoy a weekend - and imagining how terrifying it would have been to end up in a massacre of this magnitude. However, I would be lying if I failed to note that I didn't always feel safe being myself in a public place.
April 16, 2016 |
As the evening rush of motorists descended upon Center City on Thursday evening, protesters from varying movements joined together for a large-scale "Day of Action" march to bring attention to their many causes. The marchers - including a few hundred activists seeking a national $15-an-hour minimum wage, a halt to a proposed stadium for Temple University, and an end to racial injustice - snaked down North Broad Street all the way to City Hall, where they stopped traffic for more than an hour.
April 9, 2016 |
A Philadelphia jury will continue deliberating Friday in the trial of a former Philadelphia police officer accused of hurling racial epithets and threatening to kill an African American man during a predawn traffic mishap in South Philadelphia. The Common Pleas Court jury of nine women and three men - including three African Americans - reviewed the evidence for about three hours Thursday before breaking in the trial of Edward Sawicki III. Sawicki, 36, a police officer for almost nine years, the son of a city police officer and nephew of another, is charged with simple assault, terroristic threats, and a weapons count, in an Oct. 20, 2013, altercation with Lamar Fouse, 39. The incident happened about 2:45 a.m. at Ninth and Wharton Streets, one of South Philly's iconic intersections, the site of Geno's and Pat's cheesesteak shops.
January 17, 2016
It's Oscar catch-up time - time to see all the movies you didn't get to when they came out that now are angling for wins in the best picture race. Two of the eight just-nominated Academy Award contenders are (or are about to be) available for home viewing, while Inside Out leads the best animated feature lineup and Straight Outta Compton landed a much-deserved screenplay nod. You have six weeks to do your homework. Go! Inside Out Walt Disney, Blu-ray $39.99, DVD $29.99 The central characters in Pixar's propulsively inventive animated adventure aren't talking toys, or cars.
January 11, 2016 |
Hundreds of people packed a conference Saturday at Temple University on the "black radical tradition," tapping into the national unrest over police shootings and bringing support to the burgeoning Black Lives Matter movement. In a part of the city that was a hotbed of black radicalism in the 1960s, speakers decried corporate power, expensive prescription drugs, mistreatment of women, and underfunded Philadelphia public schools. "So now it's time to switch from the classroom to protesting in the street," thundered Pamela Whitney Williams, the pastor of the Ark of Refuge Tabernacle in Overbrook, during an afternoon panel on black women.
November 27, 2015
PHILADELPHIA'S suddenly climbing murder rate makes me turn to Mayor Nutter's startling remarks that the "gun violence" we suffer in Philadelphia is "domestic terrorism. " He let his emotions and frustration overrule his intellect. "Domestic terrorism is international terrorism," Nutter said in a Washington interview after meeting with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. "Domestic terrorism is international terrorism," he said.
November 4, 2015 |
Even if you've been only a sporadic follower of the Black Lives Matter movement, you've probably read one of DeRay Mckesson's tweets. The 30-year-old Minneapolis school administrator-turned protester is cofounder of We the Protesters and Campaign Zero, which work to improve community-police relations. He's become one of the faces at the movement's forefront. After the shooting of Michael Brown in August 2014, Mckesson drove to Ferguson, Mo., and began tweeting updates. Soon he was doing it in New York for Eric Garner; Baltimore for Freddie Gray; McKinney, Texas, where black teens were harassed by police at a party; and other cities.
October 17, 2015
ISSUE | CRIME AND RACE Stop the violence and police brutality Less-than-thoughtful conversations about crime and policing that lack a racial-justice lens only serve to perpetuate stereotypes of black criminality and enable acts of police criminality ("Race, crime, and police: A closer look," Sunday). When opponents of justice reform and the Black Lives Matter movement raise the specter of "black-on-black" crime, they hope to end discussions of police brutality. They would justify heavy-handed policing and deadly use of force against unarmed black people by claiming that their race is a criminal element.
August 25, 2015 |
YOUR PAPER HAS now stepped to a new low for reporting a "story. " A dog is killed accidentally by a police cruiser, and because the owner hates cops and puts out an erroneous petition calling for his firing, your paper deems it newsworthy because people like dogs! Why don't you tell the truth? Your paper is nothing more than a supermarket tabloid that sensationalizes useless stories. Since this "news" falls under the category of hating police, your paper ran with it to further enrage the public.
July 21, 2015 |
WEARING A T-SHIRT emblazoned with the words "Black Lives Matter," the Rev. Mark Tyler wiped his brow at the pulpit, waiting as a few parishioners walked out of Mother Bethel AME church's air-conditioned basement chapel into the steaming summer air. After church services ended yesterday, about 100 who remained settled back into their seats to hear about Sandra Bland, a Chicago-area AME churchgoer who died in a Texas county jail cell July 12. ...