August 11, 2015 |
For years, Philadelphia's antiviolence groups made weekly pilgrimages to Colosimo's gun shop on Spring Garden Street to protest its lax sales practices. The tiny store was notorious for providing more weapons to street criminals than any other shop in Philadelphia. More than 425 crimes were committed with a firearm bought at Colosimo's, including 10 homicides, during a seven-year stretch in the 2000s, according to Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. So when the U.S. Attorney's Office finally shut down the store in 2009 for selling guns to straw buyers, those groups hailed the event as a watershed in the struggle to make the city a safer place.
August 2, 2015 |
Just in time to save his house from sheriff's sale, tax protester Steven Piotrowski said, he decided to cave in and pay his $831.60 property-tax bill. With 83,160 pennies. It turned out to be harder than he thought. After he visited 15 banks in three days, he did gather about 50,000 of the copper coins. That was enough to pay $500 of the $831.60 levy, plus liens, on his 480-square-foot manufactured home in Lower Providence Township, Montgomery County. And although he had to compromise and throw in some nickels, dimes, and even - gasp - dollars to pay his bill Friday, he said he believes he made his point: Property taxes constitute "financial slavery," forcing him to pay for a public-school system he doesn't support.
July 21, 2015 |
More than 100 congregants of Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Philadelphia marched in Sunday's swelter to the church's former burial ground to protest the arrest and subsequent death of Sandra Bland in a Texas jail. Bland, 28, of Naperville, a suburb of Chicago, was driving through Wallace County, Texas, to begin a new job as a student ambassador at Prairie View A&M University, from which she graduated in 2009. She was arrested and jailed, police say, after she assaulted an officer during a traffic stop.
July 14, 2015 |
Residents of West Deptford's Nottingham Road very much like their quiet, leafy street - a place, they say, where residents maintain well-groomed lawns and wave hello to one another. It's not exactly where they would expect public policy to be hashed out on the sidewalk, even if the state Senate president is their neighbor. "I know people have a right to peaceful protest," Paul Bullinger, an 82-year-old retired accountant, said outside his home last week. "But there's a time and place for everything.
July 13, 2015 |
Two years after a fatal oil-train derailment in Quebec drew national attention to the transport of crude oil, more than 100 people gathered Saturday in Center City to remember the victims and demand better train safety controls in Philadelphia. "These trains go through our neighborhoods and right past our most important icons, and right by a major water supply," said Tracy Carluccio, director of special projects at Delaware Riverkeeper Network, one of the groups that organized the rally at Schuylkill River Trails park, near tracks used by oil trains daily.
July 9, 2015 |
Charging that standardized tests harm students and waste government resources, a group of teachers and parents took to Independence Mall on Tuesday to promote the small but growing movement to opt out of such testing. The 25 protesters were joined by Jesse Turner, an education professor at Central Connecticut State University, who set out from Connecticut on June 11 on a march to the federal Department of Education in Washington to highlight and protest testing policies. Turner denounced the exams alongside teachers who held up signs - "Real Education, Not Data" - and used a microphone to call on Pennsylvania to divert its testing budget to arts programs and libraries.
July 7, 2015 |
Flags flew from gaslight poles that line the street while townsfolk rocked on their porches in a historic Burlington County village one warm afternoon last week. But all was not well on Vincentown's quaint Main Street. A week earlier, yellow police tape had suddenly appeared around the trunks of nine healthy shade trees that grow in a row in a two-block stretch. Spray-painted white X's also marked the pin oaks and Bradford pear trees that had been doomed by local officials concerned about branches tangled in electric wires.
July 3, 2015 |
It was a polite protest, the women wearing dresses and heels, the men in dark suits and ties. But when John James stepped onto Independence Mall on that hot July Fourth in 1965, he had a lot to lose. Being identified as gay - much less taking part in a public protest - could bring jeers, insults, and punches. He could be fired from his job if people knew he was gay. Psychiatrists then classified homosexuality as a mental illness, one that demanded a cure - electric shock therapy, or even lobotomy.
June 26, 2015 |
TEACHERS AT Olney Charter High School learned yesterday that school administrators are expected to slash 36 jobs due to a deficit, the Daily News has learned. Additionally, Olney Principal Jose LeBron's contract was not renewed by the school's charter operator, ASPIRA Inc. of Pennsylvania, multiple sources familiar with the situation told the People Paper. LeBron, a former school district principal, has worked at Olney since it opened as a charter in 2011. Earlier in the day, LeBron held a morning meeting and informed staff that a $2.3 million budget gap would result in the loss of 22 teachers and 14 noninstructional positions from the high school, according to teachers at the meeting.
June 19, 2015 |
Twice this month, gun proponents took to Nottingham Road in West Deptford to protest outside State Senate President Stephen Sweeney's home. The protesters wielded signs, some bearing the face of a South Jersey woman killed this month, as they asserted that Sweeney, a Democrat, was to blame for tight gun restrictions in the state. But that type of demonstration would be prohibited in West Deptford if an ordinance introduced Wednesday night by the township committee gains final approval.