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.
February 20, 2016
Roughly 200 people staged a loud, angry march tonight in the vicinity of St. Joseph's Hospital to protest next month's slated closing and layoffs at the longtime North Philadelphia health care facility. Observers said that as many as 25 police cars lined the streets near the hospital at 16th Street and Girard Avenue, but there were no immediate reports of trouble or arrests. North Philadelphia Health System, which owns the long-struggling hospital as well as the nearby Girard Medical Center, announced at the start of the year that as many as 675 people would lose their jobs with the shutdown.
February 16, 2016
Temple University was charged with energy in September of 1984 when I arrived as a freshman, just as a Philadelphia comedian launched what would become a smash hit of a television show. You've heard of Bill Cosby, right? He became a national ambassador for Temple, which swelled in enrollment as it evolved from "commuter school" to academic destination. You probably haven't heard of Spurgeon Link. He was a street vendor who vexed Temple's plans to homogenize North Broad Street as the center stage for the growing campus.
February 13, 2016 |
Taxi drivers staged another demonstration in Center City on Thursday, protesting the presence of the Uber and Lyft car services in Philadelphia. Using their cars and bodies, drivers blocked traffic at 15th and Market Streets on the west side of City Hall. The protest brought cars to a standstill for more than an hour. Authorities were trying to get traffic moving again mid-afternoon. Some drivers staged a sit-in in middle of the intersection in an apparent attempt to get arrested, though police said no one had been taken into custody.
January 31, 2016
At least five protesters were taken into custody Friday by Chester police after they threatened to occupy City Hall and refused to leave unless the city released information on the death of a man involved in a 2014 police shooting. Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland met with representatives of the group and the family of Frank McQueen, 34, the man killed during an exchange of gunfire, said Aigner Cleveland, spokeswoman for the mayor. Plans were in place to formally request information on the police investigation from the District Attorney's office, she said.
January 26, 2016
The sight of her aunt's being escorted out of a Donald Trump rally in South Carolina was too much for the celebrity makeup artist from Hatfield, Montgomery County. You may remember that earlier this month, Rose Hamid, 56, stood in silent protest of remarks by the GOP frontrunner that linked refugees to ISIS. Trump supporters began chanting "Trump! Trump! Trump!" Hamid, who is Muslim and covers her hair with a scarf, was removed from the rally. Pinned to her shirt was an eight-pointed yellow star bearing the word "Muslim," similar to the yellow Star of David that Jews were forced to wear throughout Nazi-occupied Europe.
January 11, 2016 |
A drive by federal agents to round up and deport Central Americans who entered the U.S. illegally after 2014 and have exhausted their asylum appeals is rattling immigrant communities nationwide. Representatives from Juntos, the Latino advocacy group with offices in South Philadelphia and Norristown, say they have been fielding "countless phone calls and Facebook messages" from people in "absolute fear" of the new effort by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "They can't keep going after these families who are coming here as refugees," Juntos executive director Erika Almiron said Friday.
January 10, 2016 |
The shooting of a police officer the night before did not deter protesters from marching through North Philadelphia on Friday in a demonstration against police brutality and economic inequities in the African American community. Dozens of police on foot, on bicycles, and in squad cars followed scores of predominantly college-age marchers on their peaceful, two-mile walk from Broad Street and Erie Avenue to Temple University. The demonstration, planned several weeks earlier, took place as the nation's attention was focused on the shooting of a Philadelphia police officer by a man who detectives said had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.