April 4, 2016 |
ATLANTIC CITY - With this gambling town just six days away from running out of money to pay its employees and operate nonessential services, a group of residents, community leaders, and local officials gathered in the rain Saturday morning to protest a state plan to take over the city's finances. Organizers blamed the foul weather for holding down the crowd from what was planned as an anti-takeover march from City Hall to the Atlantic City Convention Center. Instead, only about 20 people showed up, and they settled for listening to some remarks beneath an entryway to City Hall.
April 2, 2016 |
Two Brooklyn-based artists want to set up an ice sculpture spelling The American Dream during the Democratic National Convention and then let it melt in the hot July sun. "This is art for social change. Our point is to galvanize people and provoke discussion," said Marshall Reese, who, with his wife, Nora Ligorano, submitted a permit for the structure. Theirs is one of four early requests sent to the city for permits to demonstrate during the convention. A pro-Bernie Sanders group, an anti-fracking organization, and an anti-nuclear proliferation group also requested permits.
April 1, 2016 |
The muffled chants of about three dozen activists penetrated the walls of the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Center City on Wednesday as Philip Rinaldi took the stage. "I'm inclined to ask for a brief moment of silence to hear the protesters a little better," the oil-refinery executive joked to the audience of about 200 business, labor and political leaders who gathered to hear plans to promote a Philadelphia energy hub. The protesters were an audible reminder of the obstacles facing promoters of a massive pipeline to deliver natural gas from the Marcellus Shale region to Philadelphia.
March 25, 2016 |
About 50 activists took over the lobby of Peco on Wednesday to hold a "teach-in" to demand that the utility support solar-energy development in North Philadelphia. The 45-minute protest, which included preaching and poetry, was the latest demonstration organized by the Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) to apply pressure on Peco to divert some of its solar spending to impoverished neighborhoods. "Solar energy is a tool you can use to feed the 40 percent of children who are starving in the city of Philadelphia," said the Rev. Gregory Holston, pastor of New Vision United Methodist Church in North Philadelphia.
March 24, 2016
By Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos Since November, our Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago has undertaken a major lobbying effort to gain official recognition by President Obama of the genocide taking place in Syria and Iraq. On Thursday, that became a reality with a historic announcement by Secretary of State John Kerry. That followed a unanimous bipartisan vote by the House of Representatives and previous support from the European Union, Pope Francis, and others. Some may dismiss this act as merely words, devoid of significance.
March 19, 2016 |
Before the School Reform Commission could start its scheduled meeting Thursday, the School District's plan to hand over several struggling schools to charter operators drew demonstrators and counter-demonstrators to the steps of district headquarters on North Broad Street. On one side, about 150 parents, teachers, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president Jerry Jordan, State Rep. Curtis Thomas, and Philadelphia NAACP president Minister Rodney Muhammad were cheered as they spoke passionately in opposition to turning public schools into charters.
March 18, 2016 |
HOW DARE Donald Trump rent an auditorium and attempt to hold a rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Didn't he know that site was on a college campus and his presence there would violate the students' rights to safe places, avoidance of micro aggressions, and anything that might challenge their delicate minds? Didn't he know that college campuses are not places that really revere the First Amendment? CNN and other media outlets deemed Trump's speech at that college a very provocative act. Why?
February 29, 2016 |
Last year, a small, angry band of parents and teachers in the Lower Merion School District took on a big challenge: convincing their neighbors that the intensifying emphasis on high-stakes standardized tests was harming their children's education. This year's challenge: coming up with enough yard signs so converts to the cause can broadcast their displeasure with the coming Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, or PSSA, tests given in grades three through eight. Their opt-out message - "Our kids & schools are more than a score" - has popped up on curbsides around the affluent Main Line suburb.
February 25, 2016 |
Flint's anti-Oscars party Comedian Hannibal Buress will host the anti-Oscar bash #JusticeForFlint on Sunday in clean-water-deprived Flint, Mich., to protest the kudosfest's racial inequality. Celebs in attendance will include directors Ava DuVernay ( Selma ) and Ryan Coogler ( Creed ), actors Jesse Williams ( Grey's Anatomy ) and Jussie Smollett ( Empire ) and musicians Janelle Monae , Andra Day , Jasiri X , Mysonne , and Vic Mensa . LIVE FROM FLINT.
February 22, 2016 |
Several thousand Chinese Americans marched downtown Saturday to protest the conviction of New York police officer Peter Liang in the 2014 shooting death of an unarmed black man. The Philadelphia march was one of several around the country in support of Liang, events that one protester called a "milestone" for the ethnic community. In Brooklyn, a crowd estimated at 10,000 rallied in support of the officer. Liang, a 28-year-old Chinese American and a rookie officer, was convicted of second-degree manslaughter Feb. 11 for the 2014 death of Akai Gurley, who was shot by a ricocheting bullet as Liang entered a darkened stairwell.