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NEWS
July 27, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
Thousands of protesters filled Center City's streets Monday, chanting and singing in brutal heat and humidity, increasingly outraged over an email hack that they said revealed the Democratic National Convention had worked to deny Bernie Sanders the nomination. Outside the Wells Fargo Center, dozens climbed calmly over police lines and were placed in zip-tie handcuffs by bicycle officers, as dozens more pressed close in the stifling heat to film them. (No arrests were made; 55 people received citations for disorderly conduct.)
NEWS
July 26, 2016
IN DISAPPOINTING numbers, but with chips the size of hassocks on their shoulders, the first Philadelphia assembly of the Bernie Sanders Brigade gathered on the plaza in front of the Municipal Services Building Sunday at 1:30 p.m., under blistering Sunday heat. Their common bond, according to the platform speakers and people I interviewed, was love for Bernie and loathing for Hillary Clinton, the presumed Democratic nominee for president - even if some of them can't bring themselves to concede that.
NEWS
July 25, 2016
Richard K. Taylor is a Philadelphia writer Thousands of concerned citizens are coming to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to call attention to issues they care about. Some will exercise their constitutional right to demonstrate in the streets. Most will be vociferous but peaceful. Some, however, out of sincere beliefs, anger, grief, or despair, may provoke - or even engage in - physical violence. Some will come to Philadelphia convinced that violence is the only way - even the best way - to get their message heard or to accomplish their goals.
NEWS
July 25, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
In a repurposed dance studio in South Philadelphia a little more than a mile from the site of the Democratic National Convention, Cheri Honkala opened an enormous day planner stuffed with folders and fliers and festooned with Post-its. For longtime activists like Honkala, it was crunch time. Two weeks to go before Democratic delegates descend on Philadelphia for a glittering week of parties and speeches and formal nominations. Two weeks before Honkala and tens of thousands of other protesters would take to the streets to protest the whole rigmarole.
NEWS
July 24, 2016
Some of the other protest leaders organizing at the Democratic National Convention: Erika Almiron , executive director of Juntos, is the 39-year-old daughter of Paraguayan immigrants. Almiron expects a few hundred people to march Monday at 10 a.m. from Ninth and Federal Streets to City Hall, where the group will demand the closure of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-operated Berks Family Residential Center Detention Center. The group will also unveil a mobile mural showcasing local and international immigrant-rights leaders.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2016 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
You only have to spend a few minutes in Dilworth Park to see what a people magnet it has become since the Center City District completed a dramatic, $55 million makeover two years ago. Besides regular attractions, like the cafe and sparkling fountain, there is something special going on 186 days a year - that's every other day - ranging from concerts and farmers' markets to bocce tournaments and Lupus Awareness booths. Everything, that is, except demonstrations. You read that right.
NEWS
July 23, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
CLEVELAND - Bryan Hambley had never organized a protest before, and so the Cleveland physician made sure to do his research on what to expect at the Republican convention. What he learned alarmed him. Chaos and violence were forecast. Open-carry advocates had vowed to lug loaded assault rifles into the city. Police had recruited dozens of officers from departments across the nation to help handle demonstrations. High security fences rimmed the perimeter of the arena where Donald Trump would accept the nomination.
NEWS
July 22, 2016 | By Sam Wood, STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia's hospitals say they're ready to handle whatever calamity the Democratic National Convention may throw at them next week. Mass casualty drills, last September's papal visit, and the fatal crash of Amtrak 188 have tested the city's health systems and proven their mettle, officials said. "To put things in perspective, concerts and football games bring more people to the city than what the DNC will bring, said Wes Light, emergency preparedness manager for Temple University Hospital.
NEWS
July 22, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
CLEVELAND - Eighteen people were arrested and four, including two police officers, suffered minor injuries when protesters burned an American flag and scuffled with police Wednesday outside the entrance to the Republican National Convention. Burning a flag is legal. But the protesters will face charges including failure to disperse, resisting arrest, and felonious assault on an officer, police said. Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said that flames from the flag set several people's pants legs on fire, and that officers were assaulted while trying to put the fire out. Two protesters were injured trying to put the fire out, police said, but declined treatment.
NEWS
July 22, 2016
It was the start of the 2016 ESPY Awards and there were four superstars onstage - LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul - standing extra tall as they spoke out against police brutality and called on their fellow athletes to do the same. It was a powerful moment. All those multi-millionaire athletes. Each his own mega-brand. Standing up for something besides just getting richer and winning NBA championships. My favorite part was when James, dressed in a classic black tuxedo, gazed into a camera and said, "It's time to look in the mirror and ask ourselves, 'what are we doing to bring about change?
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