July 7, 1988 |
Engines were cold but tempers were hot at Philadelphia International Airport yesterday as disgruntled taxi drivers sat idle in the sun to protest a dispatching system that they call unfair and corrupt. From noon to 6 p.m., more than 100 drivers milled around and quarreled loudly in the outdoor cab holding area near Terminal B and insisted that they would not take fares until they received a guarantee of an immediate meeting with officials from the city Aviation Department. The protest, staged by a new organization of drivers called the International Association of Taxi Drivers and Owners, was marked by loud quarrels with Aviation Department officials, but no violence.
January 6, 1989 |
For a year, the women have gathered to mourn their country's behavior. They have been threatened, mocked and spat on. Still, nearly 100 Israeli women dressed in black hold an hourlong silent vigil each Friday in West Jerusalem's French Square to protest the unresolved and violent situation in Israel's occupied territories. Mothers bring their daughters, and high school girls sneak out of class. Old and young, women from different political parties with different points of view gather in protest.
October 27, 1988 |
Tawana Brawley and three activists who turned her case into a nationwide crusade against alleged racism will lead a rally in West Philadelphia on Saturday to protest the lack of indictments following the 1985 MOVE bombing. The Rev. Al Sharpton said they had been invited by Louise James, sister of MOVE founder John Africa, and would begin their rally at 2 p.m. at the West Philadelphia YMCA, 51st and Chestnut Streets. Brawley, 16, and the other advisers, attorneys Alton Maddox and C. Vernon Mason, also will attend.
July 3, 1993
What a party it's been! The new convention center is every bit as spectacular as it was touted to be, and the Welcome America! festivities have been - and continue to be - a rousing success. There's no reason to believe the rest of the celebration, climaxing with this weekend's Fourth of July Freedom Festival events, won't be just as memorable. But how about the protests against awarding the Liberty Medal to South Africa President F.W. de Klerk (as well as African National Congress Nelson Mandela)
April 22, 1987 |
The tents and signs that last summer marked the site of a protest camp erected by homeless county residents are long gone from the midst of the stately residences and professional offices that line Mount Holly's High Street. New grass has filled the ruts made by tent poles and lawn chairs in front of the Historic Burlington County Prison Museum. Sidewalk benches support tired shoppers and office workers instead of protest signs calling attention to the encampment. But little appears to have changed in terms of aid for the homeless in Burlington County.
March 19, 1988 |
About 100 people demonstrated outside the Federal Building at Sixth and Arch Streets yesterday to protest the sending of U.S. troops to Honduras. The protest was one of dozens across the nation. Demonstrations were held in Boston, New York, Washington, Chicago, Tallahassee, Fla., and Montpelier, Vt. About 250 people were arrested in San Francisco, and nearly 100 protesters were arrested in other cities, on charges ranging from disorderly conduct to obstructing traffic. At the Federal Building in Philadelphia, 20 members of Pledge of Resistance, an organization that opposes U.S. policy in Central America, took their protests inside to the offices of Republican Sens.
March 19, 1989 |
Two residents were ejected from the Ridley Park Borough Council meeting on Tuesday night after protesting that the audience was being shortchanged on the promised 45 minutes for public comment. Several other residents in the boisterous crowd then left in protest. Tuesday's meeting was the first time a separate audience-participation portion was held, from 7 to 7:45 p.m. It was not televised on cable. The council voted unanimously, 7-0, in February to change the meeting format.
May 1, 2010 |
Love will be more than a sculpture Saturday afternoon at John F. Kennedy Plaza. At 1 p.m., a "flash smile" - as opposed to a "flash mob" - will form, organizers hope, and throngs of people will share goodwill, sit peacefully for a while, then engage in a huge group hug. Signs and shirts will say "You are beautiful" on what could be a beautiful day. Expect '60s-style "flower power," too, courtesy of blooms donated by Flowers & Co., near...
February 18, 2013 |
QUETTA, Pakistan - Members of the Pakistani Shiite Hazara community Sunday threatened to hold widespread protests if the government did not arrest within 48 hours the people responsible for a massive bombing that killed 81 people in a southwestern city. Saturday's blast at a produce market in Quetta underlined the precarious situation for Shiites living in a majority Sunni country where many extremist groups don't consider them real Muslims. Scores were wounded in the blast. Most of the dead and wounded were Hazaras, an ethnic group that migrated from Afghanistan over a century ago. Shiite Muslims, including Hazaras, have often been targeted by Sunni extremists in Baluchistan province, of which Quetta is the capital, as well as in the southern city of Karachi and northwestern Pakistan.
June 13, 2003
BY DEFENDING Sen. Santorum in his letter of June 6 on the walkouts at the St. Joseph's commencement, T.A. Spina appears to suggest that bigotry and intolerance towards homosexuals are qualities to be admired and rewarded within a "venerable Catholic institution" - not protested. Shouldn't we, in this great nation, be above that sort of primitive, uncivilized bigotry? Didn't the Matthew Shepard incident teach us anything? Shouldn't we be working from the belief that all people truly are created equal, and be spending our time striving to protect the human rights and civil liberties of all our citizens?