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July 20, 2014 | By Casey Fabris, Inquirer Staff Writer
The latest engagement between Israel and Hamas set off loud protests Friday in Center City as hundreds of supporters and critics of the Jewish state rallied outside the Israeli consulate. First to arrive were Israel's supporters, who gathered at 19th Street and JFK Boulevard around midday and began engaging motorists. Among them was Asya Zlatina, 27, who arrived around 1:15 p.m. with a sign that read: "Honk 4 Israel. " Zlatina, who said she hadn't really been involved in a protest before, came after deciding that it would be the least she could do to support Israel.
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July 11, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH & DYLAN SEGELBAUM, Daily News Staff Writers walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
MORE THAN two dozen protesters, angry about the weekend fire that killed four children, marched about 5 miles to City Hall from their Liberian-immigrant neighborhood in Southwest Philadelphia yesterday, chanting, "We want answers!" and "We want Nutter!" When they got there, they were surrounded by about 30 police officers, and alternated between chanting and sitting on the pavement until about 7:45 p.m. They vowed to return in the morning. Meanwhile, Mayor Nutter, after returning from a trip to Washington, D.C., slipped in and out of City Hall through an entrance that he doesn't normally use. The protesters, who had started the more-than-90-minute march about 1:30 p.m. on Gesner Street near 65th, questioned the city's response to the fire early Saturday that broke out on the block.
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July 9, 2014 | BY WILL BUNCH, MORGAN ZALOT, VINNY VELLA & DYLAN SEGELBAUM, Daily News Staff Writers bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
A COMBUSTIBLE mixture of anger and grief nearly boiled over on a Southwest Philadelphia street corner in the summer heat last night in a tense standoff between a long, blue line of cops and roughly 200 residents protesting what they claimed was a slow response to Saturday's fire that killed four children on Gesner Street. The confrontation - first outside a fire station on 65th Street near Woodland Avenue and later on the narrow rowhouse street where eight homes were destroyed, and where the acrid stench of smoke still hung heavy - led to at least two arrests, as witnesses said some protesters tossed water bottles while the crowd chanted, "We want answers!"
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July 9, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Patrick Sanyeah was in the thick of the angry protest for much of the afternoon. But unlike most others, his loss was deeply personal and devastating. Two of the victims in Saturday's fatal fire in Southwest Philadelphia were his children, Patrick, 4, and Taj Jacque, who was less than two months old. "The fire department right here, you let four kids burn into ashes," Patrick Sanyeah said during Monday's protest, wiping away tears as he chanted with the crowd. City officials defended the fire department's response -- in a community meeting, on the street ravaged by Saturday's fire and, at day's end, in a news conference that drew Mayor Nutter, the fire commissioner, and others.
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June 26, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
The sale of the old William Penn High School to Temple University is a done deal, as far as the Philadelphia School District is concerned. But a group of North Philadelphia neighbors is crying foul, alleging that the process was tainted and that the community's wishes were ignored in the name of political horse-trading. Dozens gathered Tuesday outside the school, waving signs and declaring their dissatisfaction. "This was just rammed through, a land grab," said Priscilla Woods, a longtime Yorktown resident and activist, standing along North Broad Street.
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June 11, 2014 | By Allison Steele and Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writers
As many as 1,000 protesters, many angry about school funding, blocked traffic and waved signs in Center City on Monday afternoon, hoping to disrupt or at least deflect attention from a fund-raising stop by Govs. Corbett and Christie. "Our members are here because they're being mistreated," said Jerry Jordan, president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. Six people were arrested for obstructing the highway - a summary offense - after sitting down on 17th Street. Police did not use handcuffs as they led them away.
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June 7, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the hour that Mike McMonagle and his allies stood in protest Thursday outside Gov. Corbett's office in Center City, they were spared from heat and rain. But little else went in their favor. Drivers paid no attention to the 30 people holding rosaries and signs railing against same-sex marriage. A man spat on the ground at their feet. Soon, they had to share the sidewalk with other protesters - a younger, louder, more organized group. While McMonagle's group spoke of the need to "defend our children" from nontraditional families, a group from Cook-Wissahickon School brought in actual children to make the case for increased state funding for arts and education.
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May 29, 2014 | BY PATRICIA MADEJ, Daily News Staff Writer madejp@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
MAYOR NUTTER'S plan to sell Philadelphia Gas Works to a private company brought protesters to City Hall yesterday. Twelve activists from the Pennsylvania office of Food & Water Watch, Philadelphia Neighbors of Tax Action and other groups took copies of a petition to the offices of each member of City Council. The activists said the petition had about 3,000 signatures. The proposal to sell the gas utility to Connecticut-based UIL Holdings Corp. for $1.86 billion was signed by Nutter in March and awaits Council approval.
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May 24, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal judge has dismissed claims that city police used excessive force and performed unreasonable searches when dismantling an Occupy Philadelphia encampment on Dilworth Plaza in 2011. But in the case brought by 26 of the demonstrators, U.S. District Judge Berle Schiller ruled this week that their attempts to secure damages for unlawful arrest, retaliation and other alleged civil rights violations could proceed to trial. In a November lawsuit, the protesters contended that police, under the direction of Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, violated their rights to free speech and assembly by arresting them without probable cause.
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