A crowd of about 300 took to the middle of Broad Street Thursday evening to make a point about student debt and racial inequality.
As part of the Million Student March taking place nationwide, students from Temple, Penn, Community College of Philadelphia, and Drexel began at their own campuses and then converged at City Hall. Their demands are familiar: $15 an hour minimum wage, student debt forgiveness, and free education.
Proposals being discussed would commandeer Amos Recreation Center, a small playground and swimming pool, and Geasey Field, a large artificial-turf field used by both Temple Athletics and the surrounding community.
By 1 p.m., the setting up was pretty much complete, everything was in position. Corporate sponsors had begun giving out freebies to curious passersby. Several cameras, two Jumbotrons and dozens of TVs were at the ready for the show tomorrow, which kicks off at 9 a.m.
He remained calm, cool, and collected at the Constitution Center last night.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner and soon-to-be-retireeCharles Ramsey had another run-in with #BlackLivesMatter protesters last night.
Only a few minutes into a talk he was giving at the National Constitution Center on the topic of “Policing in a Democratic society,” protestors intervened mid-sentence with their trademark “Mic check!”:
“I told you,” Philly’s top cop chuckled to moderator Jeffrey Rosen as soon as the chants began.
“You have everybody’s attention. We can do one of two things: We can either take advantage of it and actually have the kind of dialogue that leads to real change, or we can squander it, just disrupt things,” Ramsey said in response to the protests.
But, he seemed weirdly appreciative of the interruption afterward.
“This was handled differently and we wound up with some good dialogue which is really what this event was about,” Ramsey said, 6 ABC reports.
“I want them to expand their focus, not to stop holding police accountable,” Ramsey said in a September phone interview. “I want them to address the disproportionate amount of violence in our communities.”
This morning, for the thirddayin a row, class at an educational institution in Philadelphia was disrupted by the specter of gun violence.
Today’s scare: Martin Luther King High School on Stenton Avenue in Germantown.
The school was locked down just before 9 a.m. following a report that an unidentified male student may have had a gun in or in the vicinity of the school, according to a statement released by Philadelphia Police.
“I’m not gonna lie, I’m pretty scared,” said Monica Lingel, freshman.
Temple University is among the handful of universities in the region treading cautiously today following threats of a “Beta uprising” on the anonymous message board 4chan.
“I’m not gonna lie, I’m pretty scared,” said Monica Lingel, a freshman. “Usually I listen to music, but not today. I’m just trying to be more aware for my morning class, then I’ll just go home early. I wasn’t really worried about this kind of thing until the Oregon shooting.”