A rally was held outside of the federal courthouse in Center City Saturday afternoon to urge the Justice Department to file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Community outrage over the not guilty verdict in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman is evolving into something more. Part of the evolution will be discussed Saturday in Philadelphia at two separate rallies.
Chris discusses some supermarket and pharmacy’s decision not sell this month’s issue of Rolling Stone, Jimmy Carter’s issue with race, and Philadelphia Council President Darrell Clarke’s idea to use additional sale tax revenue for employee pensions.
“If one citizen is deprived of the right to vote, that’s one too many,” said Joe Certaine, the coalition’s chief of operations.
Wet Seal Inc. has agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle a federal racial discrimination lawsuit filed by three of the retailer’s former employees.
The Philadelphia NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) draws high school students from all over the region who compete in 26 categories for cash, bragging rights and a place in the national competition.
A coalition of groups is asking Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter to pressure the School Reform Commission to put a one-year moratorium on the plan to close dozens of schools.
Local NAACP president Jerry Mondesire says repeated attempts to contact the mayor have been met with silence.
African American community leaders, stood with the Mayor and police investigators to announce they have increased the reward in the case of the 5-year-old girl who was abducted from her West Philadelphia school last week, kept overnight and found at a playground the next day.
Election judges are still required to ask Pennsylvania voters for a photo ID. However, at least for this election, voters are not required to show it.
After last week’s court ruling upholding Pennsylvania’s controversial Voter ID law, election officials in Philadelphia are scrambling to make sure voters do have proper ID come November’s presidential election.
Rev. William Owens takes great issue with Obama’s linkage of Dr. King’s civil rights movement of the past to the current gay rights movement regarding same-sex marriage. Owens says that King embraced traditional religion, and he strongly suggests that King would not want his civil rights’ mission altered to include same-sex marriage.
One day after Rush Limbaugh called on W. Mitt Romney to use racist attacks against the President, Romney dispatched campaign surrogate John Sununu to deliver a message to the first African American President of the United States: we will teach you how to be an American.
Chris reviews the report on the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse cover up released yesterday by Louis Freeh and he discusses the fallout with the Philly Posts Kevin Cirilli and CBS 3’s Beasley Reece. He also talks to Steve Cordasco on Finance Friday, Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele, and Comedian Greg Proops.
Romney had an opportunity to open a dialogue with the NAACP. Instead he talked about denying civil rights to a civil rights organization and spoke in condescending and paternalistic terms about being a better president for African Americans than Barack Obama. It was a clear and cynical play for white votes.