I’m Really Tired of Gun-Related Funerals

By: Saturday December 15, 2012 9:03 am

As yesterday’s story of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School unfolded, image after image went through my head . . . my kid and his school, my friends who hunt, George Tiller, and especially the victims of gun violence whose funerals I have done.

I’m really tired of doing gun-related funerals.

Report: 43% of Philadelphia Voters Lack Voter-Eligible ID

By: Thursday July 26, 2012 8:51 am

As the Pennsylvania voter ID law works its way through the courts, the potential impact comes more deeply into focus. Daniel Denvir writes about the whopping number of people in Philadelphia who do not have eligible ID at this point. This includes people with expired licenses.

#NatGat VIDEO: How #Occupy Can Overcome Raids & Evictions

By: Friday July 20, 2012 12:44 pm

This month’s Occupy National Gathering in Philadelphia was the latest effort to recapture the national spotlight for Occupy after a winter plagued by raids, evictions and inclement weather.

May Day, NATO, and now NatGat paint a picture of a movement now coming together from disparate parts of the country to prove they are still going strong and ready to tackle issues on the national stage. These efforts also show how Occupiers are actively searching for a path forward to overcome the myriad challenges their unique protest has faced so far.

LIVE: 99 Mile March Reaches Liberty Square

By: Wednesday July 11, 2012 1:37 pm

The 99 Mile March, led by Tom Morello’s Guitarmy, began in Philadelphia in honor of the National Gathering. They also marched to honor the great folk music hero Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday. After marching all the way to New York City over several days, the march from Staten Island has grown into a massive crowd

Occupy Philly – July 4th Weekend

By: Saturday July 7, 2012 6:00 pm

Occupiers gathered into discussion circles in Franklin Square Park. Although the original idea was that they would be camped around the Liberty Bell, this the park was only two blocks away.

The Occupy National Gathering’s Independence Day March

By: Saturday July 7, 2012 7:52 am

On the night of the Fourth of July, occupiers gathered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the Occupy National Gathering planned to end their five-day event with a march to the Philadelphia Art Museum, where they could hear a concert put on by the musical group The Roots and watch fireworks.

The War on Voting Comes to Pennsylvania

By: Thursday July 5, 2012 7:10 pm

Up until now, efforts to ferret out the war on voting have been highlighted mostly in Florida, where Governor Rick Scott is attempting to carry out a widespread purge of the voting rolls. But given this set of information from my old hometown newspaper, the Philadelphia Inquirer, I think we have to add Pennsylvania, also under a new Republican governor, into the mix.

Nighttime Solidarity with Veterans at Occupy National Gathering

By: Tuesday July 3, 2012 3:41 pm

A small group of military veterans from Veterans for Peace decided they were not going to leave Independence Mall, even though their permit expired at 9 pm EST. One of the veterans, Bill Perry, negotiated with police as occupiers came to see the veterans risk arrest.

Occupy National Gathering Regains Access to Water at Firehouse

By: Monday July 2, 2012 3:49 pm

A Philadelphia firehouse across the street from a Quaker meeting house, which occupiers have been using as a home base throughout the Occupy National Gathering, gave occupiers access to their water once again this morning. The firefighters had initially granted occupiers access to the water, but had subsequently closed and locked a gate to block them from using it.

Philadelphia Mayor Wants Occupy National Gathering Participants to Go Thirsty in Heat

By: Sunday July 1, 2012 4:00 pm

Record-breaking heat has been sweeping the United States. The Occupy movement is holding a major National Gathering in Philadelphia right now, where the temperature has reached ninety-five degrees Fahrenheit. Anyone spending hours out in this weather needs to drink water so as not to pass out from heat exhaustion. But Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, a Democrat, has issued orders instructing city departments and other organizations in the city to not give water to occupiers.

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