A group of women gathered outside Donald Trump’s campaign office on South Street this afternoon to protest the Republican presidential candidate’s comments about women over the last few decades. Wearing pageant sashes, they read inflammatory Trump quotes about women from over the years.
“On Howard Stern, Donald Trump proclaimed, ‘A person who is very flat-chested is very hard to be a 10,’” one person read. Another said: “Donald Trump tweeted, ‘I refuse to call Megyn Kelly a bimbo, because that would not be politically correct. Instead I will only call her a lightweight reporter!’” The protest lasted about five minutes. The Trump campaign had no comment. Read more »
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, middle, kneels during the national anthem before the team’s NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in San Diego.
Well, that didn’t last long, did it? Not even a week after snatching every potential outlet and headline possible, Colin Kaepernick’s protest has essentially come to an end. His stance, which was never about the National Anthem but about using the moment at the beginning of NFL games to serve as a quiet reminder that the country still hasn’t fulfilled the promise of an equitable society for its black and brown citizens, drew the ire of players, military men and women, pundits inside and outside the game, and tons of everyday citizens. After a conversation earlier this week with Nate Boyer, a former green beret and an NFL player himself, the 49ers QB has come out stating that he’ll now kneel during the National Anthem, a conciliatory gesture that comes as a result of talking with Boyer. He started the kneel practice Thursday night in San Diego during the National Anthem and has stated that he’ll also donate the first $1 million dollars of this season’s earnings to social justice organizations.
This ordeal will likely represent a win for the NFL, an organization that has consistently proven more adept at suppressing social issues than addressing them. The artful thing here is that the latest update keeps the conversation bottled on two things in the public’s mind: Kaepernick’s choice and patriotism. Those are two issues that the public (and the league) can cleanly cleave; even the intervention of Boyer confirms that this was still a tightly controlled message about the “what” of the protest, not the “why.” Read more »
Photos | Dan McQuade
Outside Donald Trump‘s meeting with African-American leaders inside the hall of a church on North Broad Street, protesters, as promised, turned out to oppose the Republican presidential candidate. Elsewhere, leaders in Philadelphia’s African-American community had scheduled at least two press conferences to speak out against the candidate.
At Greater Exodus Baptist Church, the protest was mostly peaceful, with only one sign-stealing incident between protesters and the two Trump supporters who were also outside. Here’s what happened:
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The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. | Photo by John Locher/AP
The end is near, Philly. This is the final day of the Democratic National Convention.
Here’s what you missed yesterday:
President Barack Obama delivered a smooth and powerful speech that reflected on the nation’s progress, denounced Donald Trump, and pledged trust and confidence in Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. The audience went wild, especially when Clinton appeared at the end. Read more »
Demonstrators protest outside the Comcast Center in Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, during the third day of the Democratic National Convention.
Ten protesters received $50 citations from Philadelphia Police after they flex-cuffed themselves to a railing in the lobby of the Comcast Center on Wednesday afternoon, according to Police Commissioner Richard Ross.
The demonstrators “couldn’t have been more peaceful,” Ross said. They were removed from the lobby, given their citations and sent on their way, in keeping with the city’s desire to get through the Democratic National Convention without having to arrest any of the thousands of people who have taken to the streets to protest a variety of causes — the convention itself, Hillary Clinton, police violence, environmental issues, etc. Read more »
Photo | Maria McGeary
The Philly REAL Justice Coalition drew over 300 people into the street for a march to Center City on Tuesday afternoon. Police were stationed in groups on street corners and several were mounted on bikes, awaiting the crowd. Protestors gathered at Diamond Street at 2 p.m. and marched through Temple University’s campus, then down the center of Broad Street to City Hall. Read more »
Vermin Supreme is performance artist and perennial candidate for president, showing up every four years to mock the U.S. political system.
But he also took fourth place in the New Hampshire Democratic primary, with more votes than former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore got in the Republican primary. Read more »
As part of a massive pro-marijuana legalization protest on the first day of the Democratic National Convention, protesters today marched two giant inflatable joints around City Hall and down Broad Street. Above, we caught the giant joint going around our city’s house of government. Burn one down! Read more »
Photo | Dan McQuade
Thousands marched from City Hall to Independence Mall today to call for a “clean energy revolution” — protesting fossil fuel extraction methods like fracking, pipeline projects like Mariner East and the use of nuclear power. It was the first major protest of Democratic National Convention week in Philadelphia.
“We got, what, like 10,000 people on the streets of Philadelphia on a 100-degree day,” said David Braun, a longtime anti-fracking activist who served as an emcee once the march reached Independence Mall. “To stand up for a clean and just renewable energy future. To take us away from fossil fuels. We did it in the heart of where fracking is happening.”
There were no police incidents during the march; one girl was separated from her parents but they were reunited not long after organizers announced it from the stage at Independence Mall. Before the march, organizers Food & Water Watch held a press conference at City Hall. Read more »