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December 22, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Several dozen children staged a "die-in" Saturday morning in Philadelphia, lying down at the intersection of City Avenue and Monument Road to have their young voices heard. "Everybody is a part of the world, and everybody should be treated equally," said Aniyah Ayres, the eight-year-old force behind the Aniyah's Mission group that helped organize the demonstration. The children and parents marched carrying signs and chanting phrases that have become recognizable around the country: "All lives matter," "I can't breathe," "No justice, no peace.
NEWS
December 19, 2014 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
The president of Philadelphia's police union on Wednesday decried the protests sweeping cities across the country after grand juries in Missouri and New York state cleared white officers who killed unarmed black suspects. "We have to guard against a growing trend in this country to replace due process and the legal system with media-fueled mob rule and sensationalism," said John McNesby, president of the local Fraternal Order of Police lodge. McNesby spoke after a ceremony at the union hall in Northeast Philadelphia honoring city police officers for valor and bravery.
BUSINESS
December 17, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Seeking a voice in the process to select a new president for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, two dozen activists protested outside the bank in Center City on Monday. "The Fed is such a mystery. We just want transparency," marchers chanted as they walked along Sixth Street, many wearing green T-shirts with the slogans "Fed Up" and "What Recovery?" The march came amid speculation whether the Federal Open Market Committee, meeting Tuesday, would increase the discount rate - the rate charged banks for short-term loans they receive from the regional Federal Reserve Banks - in light of the improving economy.
NEWS
December 16, 2014
ACROSS THE country this past weekend, thousands of people marched in protest of police actions against Michael Brown, Eric Garner and others, adding to a steady drumbeat of protest that was ignited weeks ago when two separate grand juries refused to indict police in the deaths of the two black men. For many, this calls to mind a level of protest that this country hasn't seen in at least 50 years . . . and many would say that the issues are the...
NEWS
December 13, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
The marchers gathered by the steps of the Camden County Police Department, many holding signs. "Don't Shoot," "Camden Can't Breathe," the signs read. In front of the group of nearly 25, most of them city residents, an empty gray casket lay on the ground. Six men picked up the casket and walked it down Haddon Avenue, turning left toward the federal courthouse. Police cruisers blocked traffic at intersections as the marchers crossed. The peaceful gathering Thursday, which ended at City Hall, was meant to protest the police-involved deaths of black men in Missouri and New York, but also to focus on police actions in Camden.
NEWS
December 11, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dozens of student protesters went to a holiday party at the home of the University of Pennsylvania's president Tuesday, but spreading good cheer was not on their minds. Carrying signs - "Black Lives Matter" and "No PILOTs, No Peace" - the students protested the death of Michael Brown, the black man killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., as well as Penn's refusal to make payments to help the city's cash-strapped public schools. Penn president Amy Gutmann joined in the Ferguson protest but did not back down from the university's position on the payments.
NEWS
December 9, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan and Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writers
About 200 demonstrators staged a "die-in" Sunday night after the Eagles game, lying silently in the cold street to protest perceived racial injustice by police against African Americans. The brief event unfolded peacefully after the Eagles' loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Most of the exiting fans streamed by without comment, though a handful cursed at the demonstrators. One unidentified man shouted, "Shoot them all!" several times but his taunts went unanswered. At least 50 Philadelphia police officers, some on bicycles, were on hand, positioning themselves between the protesters and the fans.
NEWS
December 9, 2014 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Staging a "die in" to highlight perceived racial injustices by police against black people, protestors planned to lie in the streets near Lincoln Financial Field after the Philadelphia Eagles game Sunday. Led by a group of clergy and lay people called POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild), the event is an example of "people of faith [stepping] into the public sphere in powerful ways," according to a POWER statement. The protestors planned to gather at 7 p.m. at the northeast corner of Broad St. and Pattison Ave. to lie in the street for four and one-half minutes to symbolize the four and one-half hours that the body of Michael Brown, 18, lay in the street on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. Brown was killed by Police Officer Darren Wilson.
NEWS
December 7, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anger and anguish over police killings in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y., continue to bubble up across the region, with city school students, teachers, and the teachers' union president speaking out Friday. At three Philadelphia schools, students staged a "die-in" as a statement against police brutality and racism. At midmorning, 100 students at Masterman High School assembled in a first-floor hallway during their lunch period. They sat or lay down silently, some holding "Black Lives Matter" signs, others closing their eyes or staring straight ahead.
NEWS
December 7, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
STUDENTS AT THREE city magnet high schools staged a die-in yesterday to protest recent grand-jury decisions in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City, involving black men killed by white police officers. Students at Masterman, Central and Science Leadership Academy all lay on the floor for 4 minutes, 30 seconds to mark the 4 hours, 30 minutes that Michael Brown's body was left on the ground after being shot by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. Organizers said the schools began to plan the events independently, but then coordinated them - although carried them out at different times - to send a strong message.
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