June 17, 2016 |
The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania has some questions about how the city will handle protesters during the Democratic National Convention. Will protesters without a permit be arrested? Will the city really forbid marches on Broad Street? And what happens if thousands try to stay overnight in FDR Park? Less than two months out from the convention, the organization sent a letter to Mayor Kenney on Wednesday seeking answers on how protesters will be treated. The city responded the same day. "This is about clarity," said Mary Catherine Roper, the organizations's deputy legal director.
June 11, 2016 |
Some Bernie Sanders supporters are planning to camp out in South Jersey while protesting at the Democratic National Convention here next month. Laurie Cestnick, who has been organizing Sanders supporters through an Occupy DNC Convention July 2016 Facebook page, said protesters were "starting to book up all the campsites" as other lodging options fill up. Cestnick, who volunteered on phone banks for Sanders and lives outside Boston, said she...
June 7, 2016
If Mayor Kenney has his way, Democratic National Convention dissenters may feel the Bern next month - but they shouldn't feel the sting of plastic wrist restraints or endure a jarring ride in the back of a police van. Nor would anyone else who takes to the streets of Philadelphia in peaceful protest or gets harmlessly carried away for another reason - think Mardi Gras or maybe even another sports championship. A smart proposal to ease the city's handling of so-called nuisance offenses, proposed by Kenney and passed by a City Council committee last week, would grant the Police Department greater discretion in dealing with disorderly conduct, drunkenness, blocked streets, or failure to heed an order to disperse.
June 6, 2016 |
The last time a major party's presidential nominating convention came to town, riot-equipped Philadelphia police patrolled the streets, jailing hundreds of protesters ahead of time on charges courts later tossed out. This time, too, tens of thousands of protesters are expected as the Democrats meet here July 25-28. But authorities plan to greet them not with roundups and riot gear but by handing out $100 fines - if necessary - and water bottles. Instead of batons, protesters can look forward to cooling down in "misting tents.
May 21, 2016
By Charles G. Häberl President Obama struck a discordant note when he raised the specter of campus "political correctness" and attacked the "fragility" of the student body at Rutgers' commencement on Sunday. Like many others attending the commencement, I was inspired and enthralled by Obama's address to the Class of 2016. However, as a faculty member who was supportive of the principled, student-led opposition to the selection of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as the 2014 commencement speaker, I feel obliged to address some of Obama's regrettable misperceptions.
May 20, 2016 |
This story has been updated. Concern spread in Democratic Party circles Wednesday that the protracted and increasingly tense primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders could lead to unrest at the Democratic National Convention this July in Philadelphia. The impetus was a chair-throwing outburst at Saturday's Nevada state convention by enraged Sanders backers, who thought their man had been cheated, followed by obscene messages and death threats directed at the state chairwoman.
May 9, 2016 |
Protesters decrying a proposed Navy Yard oil import/export facility rallied outside the Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) refinery in South Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon. PES has proposed building the facility at the planned Southport Marine Terminal Complex at the eastern end of the Navy Yard. Some nearby residents and activists want the company - operator of the former Sunoco refinery in South Philadelphia - to withdraw its proposal, one of six currently before landowner Philadelphia Regional Port Authority.
May 7, 2016 |
At the elegant Hotel Albuquerque in New Mexico, miles and sunshine away from the gray and gloomy Northeast where 39,000 Verizon workers remained on strike Thursday, the telecom company held its annual meeting. Shareholders approved executive compensation, overwhelmingly re-elected Verizon chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam to the board, and easily defeated a half-dozen proposals promulgated by the unions and Verizon's retirees. Meanwhile in Philadelphia and Rye, N.Y., both sides met Thursday for talks that have yielded few results as the strike enters its fourth week.
May 5, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Protest Trump at Penn - peacefully I assume there will be protesters at the University of Pennsylvania on May 15, considering the expected presence of Donald Trump at the School of Arts and Science's commencement ceremonies ("Penn graduation will be long on top-tier statesmen," Tuesday). They should be there to acknowledge the threat to our country posed by Trump's presidential candidacy; his domestic policy of hatred toward African Americans, Hispanics, immigrants, and women; and his foreign policy, which consists of little more than bluster and "America First" slogans.