April 26, 2014 |
Philadelphia's trademark inflatable union rat, which showed up Thursday outside the Northeast Philadelphia corporate headquarters of Crown Holdings Inc., might be local, but the union protest at the $8.6 billion company's annual meeting was strictly global. Organizing the protest were members of a Canadian local of the United Steelworkers union, based in Pittsburgh. The local has been on strike since September at Crown's plant near Toronto. In Turkey, meanwhile, a similar rally, no doubt minus the rat, was canceled, the union said, after an Istanbul paper printed what it said was Crown's threat to shut the factory if a rally occurred.
April 24, 2014 |
UPPER TOWNSHIP, N.J. A group of environmental advocates marked Earth Day on Tuesday by demonstrating against a plan to convert the B.L. England coal-fired electrical generation plant to gas, saying a new plant was unneeded and would be a new source of pollution. Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, called the site "ground zero" and "the most important location in New Jersey when it comes to protecting the future of the environment. " Tittel and other speakers described the existing plant, which has been in violation of state and federal emissions regulations for decades, as an example of the kind of fossil fuel-based plants they want to see replaced with renewable energy sources, such as wind or solar power.
April 4, 2014 |
SPRINGFIELD (Delco) When the Fast for Families bus rolled into Springfield, Delaware County, on Wednesday, Sister Mary Beth Hamm of the Sisters of St. Joseph was there. The bus and its changing cast of passenger-protesters left Los Angeles on Feb. 24 and has stopped in key congressional districts nationwide to press for changes to immigration law. Its target this time: Republican Patrick Meehan. Participants, including labor and faith leaders, have fasted every Wednesday during Lent, a gesture they say highlights the deprivation immigrant families feel when a parent is deported.
March 21, 2014 |
TRENTON New Jersey's acting attorney general has instructed state police to stop taking pictures at Gov. Christie's town-hall events, following reports that protesters at a Tuesday event in South River were photographed by a plainclothes officer. State police "are careful to guarantee that First Amendment rights are respected, and the public - whether expressing positive or negative sentiments toward the governor and his policies - have ample opportunity to make their positions known.
March 16, 2014 |
Police had surrounded a yowling Kailee Whiting by the time the governor turned to address the crowd in Mount Laurel. Visibly infuriated that students were disrupting his town-hall meeting Thursday, Gov. Christie condemned the boisterous heckling from Whiting and five of her friends as a "coordinated, partisan effort" to stifle honest debate in the state. "When people are going to stand up and yell and scream . . . it shuts down debate and discussion," he said. But the Rowan University students in question - all escorted out of Thursday's meeting by police - say the effort was barely organized, let alone partisan.
March 12, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA More than two dozen people were arrested Monday after they blocked entrances to the William J. Green Federal Building in Center City to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The protesters - most of them members of the Philadelphia-based Earth Quaker Action Team - said they were calling on President Obama to block construction of the pipeline. They gathered on the plaza outside the federal building to wave signs, chant slogans, and block entrances. "This is a preview of the resistance to come," said Alexa Ross of West Philadelphia.
March 8, 2014 |
Timing their protest to Mayor Nutter's annual budget address, scores of unionized municipal workers marched outside City Hall today to decry a lack of a labor contract and the proposed sale of PGW. Jeering union protesters last year prevent Nutter from addressing Council, prompting him to deliver the budget message later in the day from a heavily guarded the Mayor Reception Room. The protesters dispersed about 10:30 a.m. and some entered City Hall, where a number were admitted to the Council chambers gallery for Nutter's speech without their signs and a with a warning against outbursts.
March 4, 2014 |
In just one week, the mood of the local Ukrainian community has swung from hope to despair. Last weekend, hundreds gathered near City Hall in Philadelphia to rejoice over the ouster of Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych after the deaths of dozens of antigovernment protesters in his country. Sunday, many of them came together again, this time in front of Independence Hall, in anger and anguish over Russian troops' occupation of Crimea - "a declaration of war to my country," as Ukrainian interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said in Kiev.
February 21, 2014 |
MOORESTOWN Over the strenuous objections of nearby homeowners - many from Cinnaminson - the Zoning Board of Adjustment voted unanimously late Tuesday to allow CBS Radio East Inc. to build a 199-foot auxiliary transmission tower at its site on North Church Street. CBS had requested several variances to build the new tower alongside a 425-foot transmission tower that has been at its 21-acre site since the 1940s. Neighbors of the tower have complained for years that the 50,000-watt signal interferes with their radio, TV, and telephone signals and can be heard emanating from electric sockets, wall switches, even radiators and bathtubs.
February 20, 2014 |
In what looked more like a lively fitness class than a protest, a group of about 40 Pennsylvania health care advocates, unionized workers, and uninsured Philadelphians took their cause to Gov. Corbett's Center City office Tuesday. For about a half-hour around lunchtime, protesters lining South Broad Street pumped their fists, spun in circles, and passed out yellow pamphlets in trying to convince passersby that Corbett's plan to overhaul Medicaid - a key part of the Healthy Pennsylvania campaign that the governor has touted for months - is no more than a poorly disguised Trojan horse for policies they consider stingy.