September 13, 2016
By Tom Borelli Plans for a new oil pipeline just went up in flames - literally. This summer, radical environmentalists in Iowa set fire to pipeline construction equipment, causing nearly $1 million in damages. The incident was hardly isolated. Environmentalists nationwide are desperately working to stop pipeline construction. In Massachusetts, for example, several protesters locked themselves to their cars - with bike locks - in an effort to block construction of a pipeline in West Roxbury.
September 4, 2016 |
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told a handful of African Americans in North Philadelphia on Friday that he is not a bigot, and blamed the media for portraying him that way, according to people who attended a private event. "He does not see himself as a racist and neither did the people around the table," said Renee Amoore, deputy chairwoman of the Pennsylvania GOP. Trump supporter James Jones, the Republican nominee for the Second Congressional District seat, said he was one of 12 to 14 African Americans at the luncheon at the View, a catering hall run by People for People, a nonprofit operated by Greater Exodus Baptist Church at Broad and Brown Streets.
September 2, 2016
ISSUE | NATIONAL ANTHEM A fitting protest Reaction to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit for the national anthem before NFL preseason games in protest of institutional racism in America has been largely negative and very misplaced ("Sitting at attention," Monday). America has a tradition of sports figures protesting unjust and unfair practices. Kaepernick's actions were in the spirit of sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who raised their fists during their medal ceremony at the 1968 Summer Olympics to protest the mistreatment of African Americans.
September 1, 2016 |
WHEN YOU REACH a certain age, precious few athletes whom you stand in front of make you think. This is no one's fault. Most of them are in their 20s, most have been taught during their high school and college years that their views on their world are best kept to themselves, lest they interfere with team-building and team goals. It's an operating tool that many never shed, even as they prosper, age and observe. For every Charles Barkley, there are dozens of Michael Jordans. For every singular stand, like the one Colin Kaepernick took by sitting down for the national anthem Friday night, there are hundreds, even thousands of reactions, some which demonize, some which distort its intent.
August 28, 2016 |
The release of an incendiary report on the exchange of pornography on state computers will be delayed while officials make sure no one is unfairly maligned in the document. The last-minute freeze came after Douglas Gansler, the special prosecutor in the Porngate scandal, provoked an uproar of dread and embarrassment in the state Attorney General's Office this week. He did so by revealing he had prepared a report that publicly named "several hundred" employees in that agency and elsewhere as having used state computers to email pornography or other offensive material.
August 14, 2016 |
The bronze statue of former police commissioner and mayor Frank Rizzo that stands across from City Hall was buffed and polished ahead of last month's Democratic convention. His son said he wanted his father's shoes, which were often said to reflect like glass, shined for the festivities. But on Friday, two protesters had different plans for the statue. They draped a Ku Klux Klan hood on Rizzo's head, calling the monument a reminder of racial strife and discrimination that must come down.
July 31, 2016 |
A SEPTA Transit Police officer who deployed pepper spray through a fence at protesters during the Democratic National Convention in South Philadelphia this week was found to be justified in his actions, according to a SEPTA spokesman. The incident, which was captured on video and uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday, begins with the officer calmly deploying the pepper spray at protesters, one of whom attempts to shield his face with a homemade sign. Among the people hit by the spray is Anna Marie Stenberg, 69, a pro-Bernie Sanders protester from California.
July 30, 2016 |
A Rhode Island man arrested during protests outside the Democratic National Convention was carrying three "throwing knives" as he breached the eight-foot fence surrounding the Wells Fargo Center, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Jeremy Graber, 31, of Woonsocket, was among the seven demonstrators arrested Wednesday night by the Secret Service for using bolt cutters to bypass the security perimeter during the tense protests that have erupted nightly outside the convention site. Authorities signaled in court that they would seek to detain him until his trial on charges of entering a restricted zone.
July 30, 2016 |
In the end, it was hardly Days of Rage. After protesters breached security fences, blocked entrances, and stood, hundreds strong, outside the Wells Fargo Center each night of the Democratic National Convention , police and delegates braced for another evening of raucous demonstrations as Hillary Clinton prepared to take the stage Thursday. A crowd of upwards of 500 did, indeed, swell again outside the convention site Thursday night, and chanted "Feel the Bern" near the security fences.
July 29, 2016 |
As President Obama addressed the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night, hundreds of protesters challenged police outside the Wells Fargo Center. At least one person was reported to have suffered burns when she caught fire from something that had been set aflame by other demonstrators. The situation developed after 11 p.m. when protesters tried to push through a gate at Pattison Avenue near Broad Street. Police pushed back and were reinforced by dozens more. Some of the protesters seemed to side with police, calling the most aggressive "bad apples," not represented of the larger group.