September 20, 2013 |
THERE'S LIKELY TO be more handcuffs amid the haze of marijuana smoke this weekend, when legalization proponents plan to blaze by the Liberty Bell again. The ninth "Smoke Down Prohibition" is scheduled for Saturday at The People's Plaza at Independence Mall National Historic Park, and recent rallies held there have resulted in several arrests, including one in May when activist Richard Tamaccio, a comedian who uses the stage name NA Poe, was arrested. A recent sentencing memorandum filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office is asking that Tamaccio be forbidden to enter Independence Mall without permission from a probation officer.
September 12, 2013 |
AS HILLARY Rodham Clinton accepted the 2013 Liberty Medal amid the echo of protesters' voices from across Independence Mall, the former secretary of state addressed the cacophony head-on, calling it the "lifeblood of self-government. " "Sometimes, it can get pretty noisy," Clinton said yesterday during the ceremony at the National Constitution Center, her voice carrying over dissidents that primarily denounced American involvement in the Syrian conflict. "But that is the American way. It's natural and right in a democracy for us to debate, for us to disagree - forcefully, even.
September 6, 2013 |
A LOT OF EAGLES fans are already preparing for Monday's game against the Redskins. An American Indian tribe is preparing too, but in a much different way. The Oneida Indian Nation said yesterday that it will run spots on Washington-area radio stations before the game, imploring the Redskins to change their nickname. The tribe said it finds the name offensive. The ad begins with a reference to the racial slur used by Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper toward a security guard at a concert this summer.
September 5, 2013 |
A PEACEFUL protest of the United States' involvement in the Syria conflict ended up being anything but Friday for an Iraq War veteran and musician who was hauled off Independence Mall by a group of U.S. park rangers. Emily Yates, 30, a banjo-playing California woman, was charged with assaulting a federal officer, disorderly conduct and interfering with agency operations in federal court yesterday and released on $25,000 bond. The touring musician will be allowed to continue on her stops until her court date, which has not yet been set. Court papers allege that Yates ignored police orders to leave an area fenced off by authorities for evidence processing ahead of a pro-marijuana rally.
August 31, 2013 |
The dozen demonstrators - including children whose parents face deportation - squeezed into a narrow corridor at Philadelphia City Hall. They came bearing posters urging Mayor Nutter to end the five-year-old agreement in which the city Police Department shares arrest data with the U.S. office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Kneeling in his tan suit to meet the youngsters eye-to-eye, Sgt. Michael Walton, head of the mayor's plainclothes protection unit, was gentle.
August 30, 2013 |
THE PROTESTERS marched through a rain falling so hard that it drenched their clothes and made the colors run on their handwritten signs. As they rallied outside the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office yesterday, Flora Adams decided she had something to say. She turned to the lunch-breakers and smokers sheltering under the Wanamaker Building's overhang nearby and began scolding them. "You need to pitch in, grandmothers, and stop being lazy!" Adams, 67, shouted into a bullhorn.
August 24, 2013 |
Anger over the Philadelphia School District's funding crisis spilled Thursday from the streets of Center City to district headquarters, where the School Reform Commission held its last scheduled meeting before the start of classes next month. In midafternoon, more than 1,000 protesters, many in red T-shirts and carrying signs and banners, marched from the Comcast Center at 17th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard to the district's offices on North Broad Street. Later, at the meeting inside, parents, students, and teachers told the SRC that they were alarmed by the financial problems and concerned about whether schools could open safely and educate students with fewer staff.
August 24, 2013 |
After sleeping two nights on a Center City sidewalks to protest a lack of shelter beds, a group of homeless women and their children intensified the drama Thursday morning by taking over part of a city office. Their activist leader expected to be arrested by noon. Instead, the women and children were served pizza, then offered places in shelters by midafternoon. "The squeaky wheel gets the grease," Cheri Honkala said triumphantly. City spokesman Mark McDonald countered, "Her point was to engage in publicity.
August 23, 2013 |
For a second consecutive night, homeless women and their children prepared to sleep on the sidewalk outside a Center City building Wednesday to protest a lack of available beds in family shelters. As children laughed and played tag, grim women in flip-flops laid out blankets on the concrete and pondered what would happen tomorrow in lives that are taken night by night. "I was told there's nothing they can do for me," Taneesha Brown, 24, said after waiting all day to register for a shelter space that never came for her and her 2-year-old daughter at the city's Office of Emergency Shelter and Services at 141 N. Juniper St. They have been staying with Brown's mother in a tiny subsidized unit in North Philadelphia, but there's no longer room.
July 28, 2013 |
TRIPOLI, Libya - More than 1,000 inmates escaped a prison Saturday in Libya as protesters stormed political party offices across the country, signs of the simmering unrest gripping a nation overrun by militias and awash in weaponry. It was not immediately clear whether the jailbreak at al-Kweifiya prison was related to the demonstrations. Protesters had massed across Libya over the killing of an activist critical of the country's Muslim Brotherhood. Inmates started a riot and set fires after security forces opened fire on three detainees who tried to escape the facility outside Benghazi, a security official at al-Kweifiya prison said.