May 3, 2015 |
A national day of protest against confining undocumented-immigrant mothers and children is expected to draw busloads of activists to rallies in Leesport, Berks County, and two towns in Texas on Saturday, organizers say. The target of local activists' ire is the 85-bed Berks County Residential Center. Along with the family detention facilities in Dilley and Karnes, Texas, the Berks center is maintained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The coordinated protests are designed to raise consciousness about the plight of immigrant families incarcerated together.
May 2, 2015 |
Hundreds of demonstrators surged through Center City on Thursday evening to angrily denounce police violence, at one point surrounding a squad car, and later grappling in a tense push-and-shove that saw officers ready their batons. Despite the tumult, noise, and moments of high tension - including a rush to reach and take over the Vine Street Expressway - nothing was broken and no one was seriously hurt. Police said they made three or four arrests; two of those arrested were released several hours later, to the cheers of some in the crowd.
April 27, 2015 |
A national gun-control campaign aimed at "bad apple" firearms dealers took aim in South Philadelphia on Saturday as advocates staged a demonstration in front of a major gun wholesaler and retailer near Front Street and Tasker Avenue. Several dozen protesters led by the Washington-based Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence singled out Firing Line Inc. for having sold, over the years, dozens of guns that later were used in crimes or in some other way ended up in the possession of law enforcement authorities.
April 25, 2015 |
In a move that made defense lawyers protest, a Philadelphia judge on Thursday agreed to postpone until June 10 the trial of 10 people arrested in a melee at a March town-hall meeting attended by District Attorney Seth Williams and Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey. Municipal Court Judge Joyce O. Eubanks granted the request by Assistant District Attorney Pam Conner, who said she needed more time to prepare for the disorderly conduct trial. Conner said she was only recently notified of the nonjury trial's scheduling, and needed time to interview police and at least one civilian witness to the March 19 incident.
April 24, 2015 |
PROTESTERS, police and lawyers packed a tiny courtroom in the basement of the Criminal Justice Center yesterday for the trial of 10 people accused of disorderly conduct stemming from their arrests at a March incident during which protesters stormed a community meeting in Lawncrest. Extra security was on hand as the crowd overflowed into the hallway. After what transpired in the courtroom angered them further, the group moved outside to 13th and Filbert streets holding signs and chanting, "F--- the police.
April 18, 2015 |
A group of vocal anti-drilling activists Thursday night briefly disrupted a Drexel University symposium on exporting liquefied natural gas, giving the city a flavor of the opposition that LNG might arouse. "I'm sorry, I'm going to have to interrupt you and ask you to sit down," City Councilman David Oh said to one of the activists. Drexel security personnel escorted about seven of the protesters out after they persisted. Oh organized the event, attended by about 100 people, to explore the feasibility of locating a facility in the city to liquefy Marcellus Shale natural gas for export.
April 18, 2015 |
Angry over a plan to close a small city high school, several dozen students said Thursday that they would fight to keep Kensington Urban Education Academy open. "As students, parents, and community members, we have been shut out of this process," Essence Whiting, a Kensington Urban student and member of the student organizing group Youth United for Change, told the School Reform Commission at a meeting. The Philadelphia School District wants to merge Kensington Urban, one of four small high schools in the neighborhood, with Kensington Business, Finance, and Entrepreneurship High School.
April 17, 2015 |
DOZENS OF frustrated students, alumni and teachers last night protested the school district's plan to merge two small Kensington high schools. During a School Reform Commission meeting, about 50 members of Youth United for Change, most of them students, were escorted by police from the auditorium at the district's headquarters after briefly shouting at members of the commission and after at least one member of the group cursed at the panel. The protesters were upset over what they say is a rushed process to close Kensington Urban Education Academy High and merge it with Kensington Business, Finance and Entrepreneurship High in September because of low enrollment and underperformance (the schools share a building)
April 15, 2015 |
After school let out Monday, the first day of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessments, a half-dozen people - students, parents, and grandparents - picketed outside the Olney Transportation Center to protest the standardized tests. Standing on the medians at Broad Street and Olney Avenue, they held signs that read, "No PSSA for Me," and, "I Am Not a Score!!" They passed out forms for parents and guardians to sign and give to their children's principals to opt their children out of the tests.