How To: Apply For A Permit For Demonstrations

How To: Apply For A Permit For Demonstrations

When expressing the right to peacefully assemble, there are guidelines to follow in Philadelphia. Here’s a breakdown of the rules to apply for a permit for demonstrations. The city defines a demonstration as “a public assembly, a meeting or gathering, a rally or protest event, a political rally or event, a demonstration, speechmaking, marching, the […]

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Activism: Five Historical Activism Locations In Philadelphia

Activism: Five Historical Activism Locations In Philadelphia

As the birthplace of the U.S., Philadelphia holds the history of William Penn, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and many others. These people stood on the front lines of making a change, not necessarily in battle, but in their activism, standing up for what they felt was right and to change what was wrong. Throughout the years, […]

 

Center City: ‘Philadelphia Is Baltimore’ Rally Floods Streets

Center City: ‘Philadelphia Is Baltimore’ Rally Floods Streets

Around the world, demonstrations are taking place in support of the Baltimore protestors and to highlight police brutality and racial issues in their own cities in the wake of the Freddie Gray death. Yesterday, hundreds of people participated in a rally, dubbed ‘Philadelphia is Baltimore,’ outside of City Hall in Center City. The rally started at Dilworth […]

 

Center City: Protesters Stage Die-In and March Through City Hall

Center City: Protesters Stage Die-In and March Through City Hall

More than 100 people silently dropped to the ground in 30th Street Station’s main concourse at 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday and then marched out in solidarity to protest a recent string of decisions many are seeing as injustices. Philadelphia-based In Defense of Black Bodies organized the protest. The organization began holding protests and marches last week after the decision was […]

 By Charlotte Jacobson and Skye Leppo

Point Breeze: Tensions Rise in Point Breeze as OCF Investigates Vandalism Charges

Point Breeze: Tensions Rise in Point Breeze as OCF Investigates Vandalism Charges

Point Breeze is abuzz with gossip and talk of change as gentrification continues to rile up residents. The emergence of the Point Breeze Organizing Committee (PBOC), spearheaded by long-time residents Gary Broderick and Mindy Isser, spurred enough interest among concerned locals to organize a protest scheduled for Saturday, August 24th. The protest, called “The March for […]

 

Center City: Educators for Mumia Abu-Jamal Gather to Support Oral Arguments Against Resentencing

Mumia Abu-Jamal’s name has become ubiquitous for the issue of mass incarceration in the United States. The former journalist and Black Panther has come to represent the plight of political prisoners both locally and internationally. Still, most Philadelphians are unaware that the struggle to liberate Abu-Jamal from life imprisonment is ongoing and picking up steam […]

 By Melissa Nowicki, Michele Aweeky, Anna Yermilov, Kalima Thomas and Christopher Malo

Center City: Protestors Stage ‘Die-In’ at PNC Branches

Center City: Protestors Stage ‘Die-In’ at PNC Branches

On Monday, Occupy Philadelphia joined the Earth Quaker Action Team for a non-violent, theatrical protest. Protestors referred to the event as a mass “die-in” and gathered to oppose PNC Bank’s financial support of companies that perform mountain top removal coal mining and natural gas hydrofracking. More than 100 demonstrators, led by organizer Zachary Hershman, marched […]

 By David Pulli

Center City: Philadelphians Rally Against ‘Corporate Control’

Center City: Philadelphians Rally Against ‘Corporate Control’

As the City Council met for its weekly session today, protesters fed up with government policies, rallied outside of City Hall.  A diverse crowd of old and young slowly formed just before nine under sunny skies and a watchful eye of law enforcement. On Sept. 17, “Occupy Wall Street” began in New York City. There, […]

 By Sacsheen Scott

North Philadelphia: Operation Silence for Life

North Philadelphia: Operation Silence for Life

Operation Silence for Life  is dedicated to getting its mission out to the public. Standing on Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue, members of the Cardinal Newman Center on Temple’s main campus  wore red tape over their mouths and arms holding signs such as “Your Mom Chose Life.” As students and residents of the […]

 By John 'Jay' Jones and Irene Kipervasser

Walnut Hill: Windermere Residents Continue the Fight to Reclaim Property

Walnut Hill: Windermere Residents Continue the Fight to Reclaim Property

It has been little over a month since a five-alarm fire on Jan. 10 ripped through the Windermere Court Apartments on 48th and Market, destroying the upper floors of the former residential complex and leaving residents and locals alike scrambling to recover from this sudden and tragic disaster. “I walk this way everyday to class,” […]