“Frank Rizzo Down” Protest Planned for Center City

Frank Rizzo statue | Photo by Jared Brey

A protest calling for the removal of the city’s Frank Rizzo statue is planned for Monday afternoon.

The “Frank Rizzo Down” rally will kick off at 4 p.m. outside the Municipal Services building, where the statue of the former mayor and police commissioner was both egged and tagged with “Black Power” last week amidst calls for its removal.  Read more »

More Than 18,000 People Have Signed a Petition to Keep the Rizzo Statue

Frank Rizzo statue | Photo by Jared Brey

A petition to keep the city’s Frank Rizzo statue is gaining steam.

As of 4 p.m. Thursday, more than 18,000 people had signed the petition, which was posted on change.org by South Philly resident Marc Ferguson. That’s about 15,000 more signatures than a petition calling for the statue’s removal has gathered.  Read more »

Photos: Thousands Gather for “Philly is Charlottesville” Rally

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Police say more than two thousand people flooded the city’s streets on Wednesday night for the “Philly is Charlottesville” march against racism.

Interfaith organization POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild) organized the demonstration, which began at 7 p.m. near Congregation Rodeph Shalom in North Philly. Protesters marched south on Broad Street to City Hall, where they shut down surrounding streets around 8 p.m.  Read more »

Philly Fireman Taking Heat for Charlottesville Post

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The Philadelphia Fire Department and Mayor Jim Kenney have spoken out against what they called a “reprehensible” photo posted by a Philly fireman after the Charlottesville rally.

The fireman, John Deluisi, shared on Facebook a photo of himself holding a burning tiki torch and wearing a hat with a Confederate flag on it. The caption read “Headed to VA,” where dozens were injured and one woman was killed this past weekend as a result of violence spurred by a gathering of white supremacists and neo-Nazis.

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Man Who Allegedly Urinated on Synagogue Charged With Ethnic Intimidation

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The man who gave a security camera the middle finger before urinating on the front steps of a synagogue in Northeast Philly has been charged with ethnic intimidation, according to police.

Officials say 23-year-old Sheidali Dzhalilov of Rhawnhurst turned himself into the Northeast Detective Division around 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Police released footage of the incident earlier in the week, though the video has since been made private.  Read more »

Police Arrest Man for Throwing Eggs at Frank Rizzo Statue

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This is a developing story. Check back for more information. 

Philly police arrested a man who hurled eggs at the Frank Rizzo statue on Wednesday morning.

According to 6ABC, the incident occurred around 10:40 a.m., shortly after the city fenced in the controversial statue. The news organization posted a video of the man throwing the eggs and running away.

Police officers who were standing nearby reportedly chased the man and took him into custody. His identity – and whether or not he’ll face any charges – remains unclear. Read more »

“Philly is Charlottesville” Rally Planned for Center City

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A white supremacist carries a Nazi flag into the entrance to Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday, August 12th. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Activists plan to gather on Wednesday night in Center City as part of the “Philly is Charlottesville” march and rally.

Interfaith organization POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild) will host the event, which kicks off at 7 p.m. outside the Congregation Rodeph Shalom Synagogue, located at 615 N. Broad Street.  Read more »

Councilwoman Gym: Rizzo Statue Must Come Down

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Frank Rizzo statue | Photo by Jared Brey

Our nation is more engaged than ever in debate surrounding the monuments we choose to honor.

The stunning violence in Charlottesville, Va. this past weekend was spurred (among other things) by white supremacists fighting to keep a statue of the Confederacy’s top general. Following the rally, officials in Tennessee and Florida announced plans to remove similar monuments. On Monday night in Durham, N.C., dozens of protesters toppled a Confederate statue, then pummeled and spit on the crumpled figure as it lay on the ground.

Philly’s no stranger to this discussion – for years, we’ve grappled with calls to remove our front-and-center statue of Frank Rizzo, the notorious former mayor and police commissioner whose legacy includes enacting brutish law enforcement polices that targeted people of color.  Read more »

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