March 20, 2015 |
A POWDER KEG of emotion and frustration exploded last night, and its blast decimated a town-hall meeting featuring some of the city's top officials. "I understand there is a strained relationship, but what we saw today is embarrassing," Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said in the wake of a melee between protesters and police in the Lawncrest Recreation Center, on Rising Sun Avenue near Comly Street. When the dust had settled, 10 people were taken into custody and were later charged with disorderly conduct, police said.
March 15, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - The casino union that represents about 1,100 workers at the struggling Trump Taj Mahal picked up Friday where it left off last fall. Members of Unite Here Local 54 were back outside the casino, which had emerged from bankruptcy the day before, chanting and holding signs to protest what the union calls the continued stripping down of worker rights and benefits by the casino's new billionaire owner, Carl Icahn. Local 54 president Bob McDevitt said at the protest that the union representing about 10,000 casino workers in the city continues to appeal the ruling by a federal bankruptcy judge that nullified the contract between the union and Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc., which owns the Taj Mahal and the shuttered Trump Plaza.
March 1, 2015 |
Organizers of a march Saturday to protest the fatal police shooting two months ago of a motorist Jerame Reid in Bridgeton, N.J., said Friday they expect to draw hundreds from all over the region, including the mother of a man killed by Philadelphia police. Among the anticipated protesters is Tanya Dickerson-Brown, mother of Brandon Tate-Brown, who was shot and killed by Philadelphia police the night of Dec. 15, two weeks before Reid's death Dec. 30. Both shootings occurred during traffic stops, and police say each man was reaching for a weapon.
February 23, 2015 |
Protesters marched through Mayfair on Saturday and demanded to see surveillance video footage from the December shooting of Brandon Tate-Brown, which his mother said contradicted the police account of his death. Video footage shows that Tate-Brown was running away from police officers when he was shot, according to his mother, Tanya Brown-Dickerson, and her attorney. Their account differs from police statements that Tate-Brown was shot after he tried to retrieve a gun from inside his car Dec. 15. "How I feel is even more hurt [than]
February 11, 2015 |
They just kept coming, the Convention Center's chief executive recalled, hundreds of carpenters bearing fliers and mischief. In language typically reserved for swarming insects and invading marauders, John McNichol described "waves" of members of the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters being unleashed on unsuspecting visitors Saturday at the 2015 Philadelphia Auto Show. "They were in the face of exhibitors, they were in the face of our security," McNichol said. "They were belligerent.
February 6, 2015 |
Four people protesting the fatal police shooting in December of a man in Bridgeton, N.J., were ticketed Tuesday night for not staying on the sidewalk, prompting the protest leader to accuse police of using scare tactics. Bridgeton police said they warned organizer Walter Hudson - one of those cited - to stay on the sidewalk beforehand, and also gave warnings via patrol car loudspeakers to the nearly 40 marchers to stay out of the street. Police said the march briefly blocked traffic on South Avenue.
January 21, 2015 |
WHEN ADRIAN Rios arrived in Philadelphia nearly four years ago to begin his studies on the ivy-clad campus of the University of Pennsylvania, the East Los Angeles native was increasingly drawn to political issues, from the plight of Palestinians to a labor fight involving Penn's cafeteria workers. But most of his classmates stayed on the sidelines. That's why it was a life-altering experience - "exciting and nerve-racking," he recalls - last month when he found himself amid about 100 student protesters lying on the floor of a large, heated tent in a protest at Penn president Amy Gutmann's house.
January 16, 2015 |
WHAT WOULD the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. say about the police killings of Eric Garner in New York and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.? A coalition of Philadelphia churches, labor unions, community and parent groups, and students - from high school through college - believe the slain civil-rights icon would have taken to the streets to protest what they believe are unjustified killings of unarmed black men. That's what they plan to do...
December 30, 2014 |
ON FRIDAY night, Dec. 19, Maryann Trombetta, president of the Port Richmond Town Watch, joined her fellow neighbors and residents of the river-ward community at Campbell Square Park, on Allegheny Avenue, the main street of Port Richmond. Bundled up in two pairs of socks, a hoodie, jacket and gloves, Trombetta took to the streets as part of a city-wide "blue out" to show support for not only the Philadelphia Police Department but police departments and officers across the United States.
December 26, 2014 |
MUSLIMS Mobilized Against Police Brutality, a new organization in Philadelphia, expects hundreds of participants at a march and rally tomorrow in Center City. The event, organized by the Muslim Wellness Foundation, the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative and United Muslim Masjid, will begin at noon at 15th Street and JFK Boulevard. Kameelah Mu'Min Rashad, a coordinator, said the demonstration is designed to address police brutality directed against the black community. "Over the course of the last few weeks, we've been talking pointedly and having discussions about the political and social and legal implications of the events around Ferguson and New York and the psychological trauma evident in the black community as a result," she said.