Newsletter for Friday, Oct. 17
SRC PROTEST DRAWS THOUSANDS
Protesters pack the 400 block of Broad Street in front of the Philadelphia School District headquarters. Via Instagram user @jellytoastin.
3,000 TEACHERS UNION SUPPORTERS SHUT DOWN BROAD STREET TO PROTEST SRC
In what turned out to be one of the largest teachers union rallies in recent memory, some 3,000 Philly teachers, students and union supporters shut down Broad Street Thursday afternoon. The protestors were rallying against the SRC in advance of the commission’s meeting Thursday night. Some of the more creative signs from those protesting the contract cancellation: “The Hite of Injustice,” “SRC, did any of your kids go to public school?” and “Cancel Corbett’s contract!” Ouch. Among the protestors were about a dozen banner-carrying counter protestors hired by a conservative think-tank to hold a giant sign that read “PFT: Pathetic For Teachers.” Things stayed relatively civil between the Commonwealth Foundation and the union supporters, despite this, uh, awkward interaction.
DID THIS SRC COMMISSIONER SNAP AT PHILLY SCHOOL KIDS?
The Philadelphia School District was screening the movie “Won’t Back Down” Wednesday as part of parent appreciation night when activists from the Philadelphia Student Union crashed the party, chanting “SOS, save our schools” and “Philly is a union town.” SRC commissioner Sylvia Sims was in attendance, and spoke to the students. But Sims’ and the student’s memory of what happened next diverge. The students say Sims told them they “all probably go to failing schools,” and “belong in jail.” Sims denies saying the kids attended failing schools. And naturally the audio is tough to make out. The matter also came up at the SRC’s meeting, as protesters held signs outside.
TOM CORBETT CAMPAIGN’S DIVERSITY MOMENT, BROUGHT TO YOU BY PHOTOSHOP
Take a look at this image, which is at the bottom of every page of CorbettforGovernor.com. The African-American woman over Tom’s shoulder might look familiar — that’s because she’s a stock image, BuzzFeed reported on Thursday. Corbett’s campaign confirmed that everyone in that shot — which looks, actually, like Corbett is campaigning in an older but still diverse neighborhood — has been digitally altered in Photoshop. Just a few weeks away from election, day people. Deep breaths. Almost there.
THE FLYERS’ FORMER GOALIE WAS SITTING SHOTGUN ON UBER, BECAUSE FLYERS
While the rest of Philadelphia is just wondering when the cheap Uber is coming to town, some lucky randos got into an Uber Black to find ex-Flyers goalie Brian Boucher sitting shotgun. He handed out free tickets to the few lucky riders, but it’s worth sticking with the video to see Boucher’s interaction with a well-dressed Rangers fan. It’s awkward in the best of ways.
TO DO: MEET THE TANEY DRAGONS AT A FALL FESTIVAL
WHAT: The Schuylkill River Park Fall Festival — Philly’s Little League World Series team will be there, along with a petting zoo, crafts, vendors, face-painting, games, food and live music.
WHERE: Schuylkill River Park, Pine and Taney streets
WHEN: 11 am – 3 pm, Saturday, Oct. 18
HOW MUCH: Free
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THE EAGLES ARE IN THE PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART, TO MESS WITH CHIP KELLY
Chip Kelly admitted earlier this week that the Eagles’ team photo was about as high-quality as a Polaroid snap shot. He was OK with that, though, because the entire picture-day ordeal (we all know how those go) lasted under five minutes, and, he added, according to philly.com, “It’s not going to be hanging in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.” Wrong. The Philadelphia Museum of Art trolled Kelly brilliantly on Wednesday. The museum displayed the team portrait next to the painting of an eagle attacking Prometheus. As Dan McQuade pointed out for PhillyMag, Prometheus is almost considered a Giant in Greek mythology. So the art museum was trolling the New York Giants, too. Boom.
99 REASONS TO GET ANGRY AT THRILLIST
Thrillist, everyone’s go-to choice for drink lists and burger rankings, has made a listicle it’s calling “99 Problems About Philadelphia.” And while some of these are kind of funny (“Why, Phillies, Why?”), others — trolling suburban snobs, then complaining about parking at the King of Prussia Mall, or commuting in from Bucks, Montco or Delco — kind of ring false. So click at your own risk.