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June 14, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Clearview Regional High School's decision to take down a public display of a student police brutality project this week sparked controversy on social media and a student sit-in at the Gloucester County school. Four students hung the project, one of several in a humanitarian studies class, on a school wall Tuesday morning. It included a human silhouette with hands raised, cut from black construction paper and accompanied by the words, "Hands up, don't shoot!" and surrounded by statistics, prose, and photographs mounted on red paper.
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May 30, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two and a half years ago, Krista Sperber rode out Hurricane Sandy inside her Belmar home. She; her husband, Michael Irwin; and a few neighbors gathered for a hurricane party, and watched as five feet of water surrounded their neighborhood in 15 minutes, she said. "In hindsight, the storm was the fun part," she said Thursday as she sat on a red, white, and blue bus surrounded by 20 other members of the New Jersey Organizing Project. The group was created by Sandy survivors seven months ago to put pressure on state officials to fix the state's troubled "reconstruction, rehabilitation, elevation, and mitigation" (RREM)
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May 25, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
People saying they are concerned about the health and environmental implications of food made with genetically modified organisms gathered Saturday afternoon in Center City for a rally and march calling for mandatory labeling of "GMO foods. " Philadelphia's "March Against Monsanto" was one of hundreds taking place Saturday in cities around the world, a coordinated effort to bring attention to genetically engineered foods and to criticize Monsanto, the multinational agricultural company that has been a leader in producing genetically modified seed to farmers.
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May 24, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
EIGHT PEOPLE were arrested Thursday after a vigil honoring female victims of police brutality erupted into a scuffle with Philadelphia Police, authorities said yesterday. The vigil was "part of a wider call to action, a call to remember," said Taylor Johnson, an organizer with the Philly Coalition for Racial, Economic And Legal Justice, an activist group known for its participation in several "Black Lives Matter" demonstrations. Johnson said yesterday that demonstrators at the Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue vigil were moving south toward Oxford Street when they saw the arrest of a homeless man who boarded a SEPTA bus without paying the fare.
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May 3, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was Thursday evening, rush-hour traffic was clogging Locust Street, and hundreds of protesters on an anti-police brutality march were moving among the cars, headed toward Rittenhouse Square. Sgt. Eric Gripp, the Philadelphia police spokesman who runs most of the department's social media accounts, snapped a picture from somewhere in the crowd. "The peaceful protest stops at 15th and Locust to express their 1st amendment rights," he posted on the department's Twitter account, @phillypolice.
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May 3, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
A national day of protest against confining undocumented-immigrant mothers and children is expected to draw busloads of activists to rallies in Leesport, Berks County, and two towns in Texas on Saturday, organizers say. The target of local activists' ire is the 85-bed Berks County Residential Center. Along with the family detention facilities in Dilley and Karnes, Texas, the Berks center is maintained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The coordinated protests are designed to raise consciousness about the plight of immigrant families incarcerated together.
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May 2, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Aubrey Whelan, and Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writers
Hundreds of demonstrators surged through Center City on Thursday evening to angrily denounce police violence, at one point surrounding a squad car, and later grappling in a tense push-and-shove that saw officers ready their batons. Despite the tumult, noise, and moments of high tension - including a rush to reach and take over the Vine Street Expressway - nothing was broken and no one was seriously hurt. Police said they made three or four arrests; two of those arrested were released several hours later, to the cheers of some in the crowd.
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April 27, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A national gun-control campaign aimed at "bad apple" firearms dealers took aim in South Philadelphia on Saturday as advocates staged a demonstration in front of a major gun wholesaler and retailer near Front Street and Tasker Avenue. Several dozen protesters led by the Washington-based Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence singled out Firing Line Inc. for having sold, over the years, dozens of guns that later were used in crimes or in some other way ended up in the possession of law enforcement authorities.
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April 25, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a move that made defense lawyers protest, a Philadelphia judge on Thursday agreed to postpone until June 10 the trial of 10 people arrested in a melee at a March town-hall meeting attended by District Attorney Seth Williams and Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey. Municipal Court Judge Joyce O. Eubanks granted the request by Assistant District Attorney Pam Conner, who said she needed more time to prepare for the disorderly conduct trial. Conner said she was only recently notified of the nonjury trial's scheduling, and needed time to interview police and at least one civilian witness to the March 19 incident.
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April 24, 2015 | BY BOB STEWART, Daily News Staff Writer stewarr@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
PROTESTERS, police and lawyers packed a tiny courtroom in the basement of the Criminal Justice Center yesterday for the trial of 10 people accused of disorderly conduct stemming from their arrests at a March incident during which protesters stormed a community meeting in Lawncrest. Extra security was on hand as the crowd overflowed into the hallway. After what transpired in the courtroom angered them further, the group moved outside to 13th and Filbert streets holding signs and chanting, "F--- the police.
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