May 2, 2015 |
Hundreds of demonstrators surged through Center City on Thursday evening to angrily denounce police violence, at one point surrounding a squad car, and later grappling in a tense push-and-shove that saw officers ready their batons. Despite the tumult, noise, and moments of high tension - including a rush to reach and take over the Vine Street Expressway - nothing was broken and no one was seriously hurt. Police said they made three or four arrests; two of those arrested were released several hours later, to the cheers of some in the crowd.
April 27, 1986 |
Last week, a group calling itself the Coalition for Police Accountability offered a chilling view of the Philadelphia Police Department. "There is a widespread perception in many of our communities and among many agencies and individuals who deal with complaints of police abuse," said the group's report on the department, "that routine abuse and harassment of citizens by police has been increasing and becoming more violent in recent years....
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.
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.
April 17, 2015 |
Despite ongoing efforts, it has been hard finding minority men and women to join the Philadelphia police force, Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said Wednesday. Ramsey said he thinks that is partly due to the instances of police violence widely reported around the country. "In the current environment we're in, policing is not all that positive. Not a day goes by you don't see something negative," Ramsey said during a City Council budget hearing on public safety. "That has an impact on young people.
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.
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.
May 1, 2015 |
Organizers expect a "Philly is Baltimore" protest to draw at least 1,000 people to City Hall on Thursday. The goal, said Deandra Jefferson, a Temple University student and leader of the Philadelphia Coalition for Racial, Economic, and Legal (REAL) Justice, is to support protesters in Baltimore and speak out against police violence. "Under the right conditions, Philadelphia could be a Baltimore," Jefferson said. "It's something we need to talk about. It's not just a Baltimore issue.
July 14, 2015 |
A time of trial. A time of triumph. And both are now, as African Americans and the nation continue to grapple with the "insidious disease" of racism. That was the message from Roslyn M. Brock, chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, speaking to thousands of its members gathered in Philadelphia for the group's 106th convention. "The normal state of affairs in America is unacceptable," she said Sunday evening at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
April 19, 1986
Claude Lewis' March 24 column, "South Africa shows some positive signs," demonstrates a hopeless ignorance of the struggle of South African blacks. Mr. Lewis says, "Injustice still reigns in South Africa but there is a little less of it. " He adds that "it would be a mistake to constantly harp on problems and not recognize the change in people" and "the tide of change is slowly sweeping the land. " I hardly think a "tide of change" is evident to the 22 children and elderly people gunned down by police at Winterveld, South Africa, on March 26. Would the parents of the two infants stabbed to death on that date think we are harping too much on problems of violence?