January 28, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Hundreds of vehicles, some from as far away as New York and Washington, rallied from the Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center in Jenkintown to Independence National Historical Park on Sunday in support of antigovernment protesters in the beleaguered former Soviet republic. "I feel I have to be in Ukraine at this moment and I can't. I feel I have to stand with all those people and I can't," said rally organizer Olena Mishchuk, 31, of Northeast Philadelphia. Instead, she and hundreds of native Ukrainians assembled at the center, their vehicles decorated with ribbons and their country's blue-and-yellow flags, and formed a caravan that snaked out of the overflowing parking lot and headed south on Route 611. The cars then cruised south on Broad Street to City Hall, went by the Liberty Bell and the Museum of Art before doubling back to the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception on North Franklin Street.
January 27, 2014 |
The deaths last week of antigovernment demonstrators in Ukraine rocked the former Soviet republic and shocked the large Ukrainian immigrant community of Philadelphia and its suburbs. Pennsylvania has the nation's second-largest Ukrainian-descended population, after New York. New Jersey ranks fourth. "We were raised in households that told us to remember where we came from, cherish our heritage, and keep it going," said Zoriana Strockyj, 21, of Philadelphia, a Temple University junior.
January 25, 2014 |
TRENTON Frigid temperatures, a looming snowstorm, and a set of jitters did not stop the grandfather of a 2-year-old medical-marijuana cardholder from showing up at Gov. Christie's swearing-in this week. Gene Gatens, a carpenter from Brick, Ocean County, was among a small crowd of 30 protesters to stake out a spot Tuesday near the War Memorial. He hoisted a homemade plywood sign that read, "Don't Force Families to Move for Medicine. " It was Gatens' first experience as a demonstrator and ended up eye-opening and bittersweet.
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 19, 2014 |
With a burst of boos and chants of "We Will Vote," more than 300 protesters expressed outrage and disappointment after Gov. Corbett canceled an appearance Friday with seniors at Central High School. The governor changed his plans at the last minute, citing concerns about "any theatrics the adults had planned. " But the theatrics had only just begun. Before 10 a.m., a crowd of parents, alumni, School District employees, and religious and civic leaders began marching from Broad Street and Olney Avenue to Central, expecting to confront the governor about a lack of school funding as he arrived at the high school.
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.