Pa. State Rep: I’ll Run Over Protesters Who Block Traffic

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Meet Pa. State Rep. Aaron Bernstine.

If you’d never heard of him, now you have: he’s the Republican state legislator who said in a tweet this past weekend that he would run over protesters who stood in the way of his car.

Bernstine, who serves the 10th District in western Pennsylvania, retweeted a photo of protesters blocking streets in St. Louis on Friday after a white former police officer was acquitted of murder charges in the controversial shooting of a black man.  Read more »

OPINION: The Rizzo Statue Should Stand as a Monument to Human Imperfection

One cannot look at the Frank Rizzo statue in front of the Municipal Services Building without catching a glimpse of the nearby Jacques Lipchitz sculpture, Government of the People.

The 30-foot-high Lipchitz sculpture was commissioned by the City of Philadelphia, but when a plastic model of the proposed work was unveiled by the Art Commission, then Mayor Frank Rizzo called it “a load of dumped plaster” and immediately cut off funding for its completion. Lipchitz died without ever seeing his sculpture mounted. Funds for the completion of the statue were raised by the Association for Public Art in time for the 1976 Bicentennial. Read more »

Pa. Senate Bill Would Force Protesters to Pay for Rallies

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Protesters in Philadelphia in January | Photo: Dan McQuade

A Pa. Senate bill introduced earlier this month would force some protesters to foot the bill for costs connected to rallies.

Under state Senate bill 754, protesters who are convicted of a felony or misdemeanor offense could be liable for police overtime costs or other public safety expenditures incurred as a result of a demonstration.  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 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 »

Philly Woman Charged With Attacking Police Horse During Protest

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A woman from Philadelphia was arrested for allegedly attacking a state police horse during a protest in Harrisburg this past weekend.

State police say 23-year-old Lisa Joy Simon whacked a horse on its neck with a flag pole that had a half-inch nail attached to it. The incident allegedly happened around 11:30 a.m. on the 1200 block of Sixth Street, near the Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex.

rally was being held by ACT for America, a lobbyist organization classified as an anti-Muslim hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The organization’s rally was met with resistance from counter-protesters.  Read more »

Trump “Impeachment March” Coming to Philly

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President Donald Trump speaks at Mar-a-Lago, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Philly activists are organizing a march to demand the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

According to a Facebook event page, an “Impeachment March” from the National Constitution Center to JFK Plaza has been planned for July 2nd. Read more »

Free Speech on Campus, Then and Now

Left: A Free Speech Movement rally at Berkeley in 1966. (Wikimedia Commons) | Right: The “Battle of Berkeley,” February 1, 2017. (Ben Margot/AP)

Left: A Free Speech Movement rally at Berkeley in 1966. (Wikimedia Commons) | Right: The “Battle of Berkeley,” February 1, 2017. (Ben Margot/AP)

When I attended Philadelphia’s Charles Morris Price School of Journalism, in 1970, America was waging the Vietnam War. Students at that time were either pro-war (a hawk) or pro-peace (a dove). At Price, however, the majority of students were reluctant to take a side: They didn’t want to voice their opposition to the war because peaceniks in those days were often labeled “dirty long-haired hippies in need of a bath.” And sometimes these labels were bestowed by teachers.

When Price teachers would occasionally blurt out a pro-hawk sentiment during class, they would usually accent it with an acerbic anti-hippie comment. Hearing these impromptu attacks was always unsettling for those of us against the war, but we took it in stride. We viewed teacher snits of this sort with a grudging tolerance. Their disapproving words often echoed what we were hearing at home from parents and siblings, yet we never allowed the clash of ideas to bring us to the brink of despair. Read more »

OPINION: Trump’s First 100 Days Weren’t a Damn Comedy

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President Donald Trump speaks at Mar-a-Lago on Thursday, April 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

This Saturday, Donald Trump will be celebrating his 100th day as the 45th president of the United States.

So far, there’s been no action on impeachment, Congress continues to operate per usual, and the country hasn’t exactly turned itself upside down. And while we still haven’t seen Trump’s tax returns, got to the bottom of his suspicious ties with Russia, or figured out his health-care plan, it appears as though he would have been our top pick regardless. Read more »

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