January 19, 2014 |
A SWARM of protesters who gathered outside Central High School yesterday morning in anticipation of Gov. Corbett's first visit to a district-run Philadelphia public school found a bit of irony: a no-show governor. Corbett, who has been criticized for cutting nearly $1 billion from education during his time in office, abruptly canceled the appearance. Instead, he held a news conference at his Center City office, claiming he did want to cause a distraction. "I don't run from anything," Corbett said.
January 17, 2014 |
IT WILL BE a day of firsts for Gov. Corbett when he steps inside Central High School this morning: First visit to a Philadelphia public school since assuming office in 2011; first sitting Pennsylvania governor to visit Central; and, probably, the first time Corbett will be greeted by angry protesters inside and outside a school. Student protesters will rally at 7:45 a.m. outside the Olney school, reading their Declaration of Students' Rights written by senior organizer Afaq Mahmoud.
December 22, 2013 |
Several dozen protesters carrying placards reading "Local People, Local Jobs" marched Friday at Eighth and Market Streets, complaining that Aker Philadelphia Shipyard and its scaffolding contractor had turned their backs on local workers. The timing came as a surprise because, while many members of Aker's regular unionized workforce were laid off during the recession and a downturn in shipbuilding in 2010, they have been recalled and are back on the job. Employment at the nation's second-largest commercial shipbuilder is 1,100 - what it was in July 2010.
December 20, 2013 |
Airline pilots, flight attendants, an industry trade group, and U.S. lawmakers were in Philadelphia on Wednesday to protest a decision by the Department of Homeland Security to open a U.S. Customs preclearance facility in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan (R., Pa.) has cosponsored legislation signed by 120 lawmakers, including Reps. James Gerlach (R., Pa.) and Robert Brady (D., Pa.), that would block funding for the facility the Emirates government has agreed to build.
December 16, 2013 |
Scott Brodie went to Temple on a rowing scholarship from his native Canada in the early 1990s. Now, the rowing program that helped him earn a spot on Canada's rowing team when it finished just short of winning a bronze medal in the 1996 Olympics is getting cut. "It's sad that it always comes down to numbers and not the people whose lives it's changed and will change," Brodie said. About 150 past and present crew members, their friends, and relatives from across the country gathered on the Schuylkill on Saturday morning to show their displeasure with Temple's recent decision to cut the men's and women's rowing teams.
December 13, 2013 |
Demonstrators chanting in Spanish and English demanded a halt to deportations - " Ni una mas ," or "Not one more" - and blocked two driveways at the detention center of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Philadelphia on Wednesday. The action by about 40 protesters was designed to stop the vans that transport immigrant detainees to prisons in York and Pike Counties every day. But the two hours of civil disobedience at 16th and Callowhill Streets ended without incident around 4 p.m. after federal and local police on bicycles and foot threw a cordon around the group and waited it out. That left a handful of seated protesters, including a mother from Colombia and her 22-year-old son, leading chants with a bullhorn and praying the rosary in bitter cold.
December 9, 2013 |
As New Jersey's fourth consecutive bear hunt begins Monday, state game officials say the hunts have helped stabilize a growing population and seem to be culling the most troublesome bears. Animal protection groups, however, continue to question the accuracy of the department's data and have not quelled their criticism of the six-day hunt, or the practice of bear-baiting. The hunt, which begins before dawn, will take place in parts of Sussex, Warren, Morris, Bergen, Somerset, and Hunterdon Counties.
December 3, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Born in Ukraine and now a resident of Philadelphia, Marta Sydoryak gathered with other demonstrators Sunday afternoon outside the Liberty Bell Center to protest what she called "a night of tragedy" in her homeland. Bearing banners and chanting slogans, Sydoryak and about 40 others stood on Independence Mall freely denouncing the violent treatment of demonstrators thousands of miles away - in Independence Square, Kiev, Ukraine. Riot police there on Saturday used billy clubs and tear gas to disperse hundreds of peaceful demonstrators protesting President Viktor Yanukovych's refusal to sign a key agreement with the European Union.
November 15, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Twenty-six Occupy Philadelphia protesters sued the city in federal court Wednesday, contending that their arrests two years ago after police and city workers dismantled their encampment in front of City Hall violated their First Amendment rights of free speech and assembly. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, maintains that the arrests of the 26 in the predawn hours of Nov. 30, 2011, were without probable cause. That was proved, the suit contends, by the acquittals of all 26 in April 2012 on charges of failure to disperse, obstructing the highway, and criminal conspiracy.
November 15, 2013 |
IT WAS NEARLY two years ago that the Occupy Philadelphia protests crash-landed in predawn darkness on a 15th Street sidewalk, where city cops who'd raided the City Hall encampment herded up and arrested the final holdouts. Now, 26 of the Occupy protesters are fighting back. The demonstrators filed a federal lawsuit yesterday accusing the city, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and at least 10 other cops or deputies of falsely arresting them and violating their civil rights of free speech and assembly.