Thousands of protesters marched in solidarity against racism Wednesday night at the Philly is Charlottesville rally, organized by inter-faith group POWER. The event began with speeches about inequality and self-care, and touched on issues from immigration to the police shooting of David Jones, President Donald Trump and the Frank Rizzo statue. Photographer Kriston Bethel was there for us to share some of the scenes from the march down Broad Street.
Speaking of calls to remove Philly's Frank Rizzo statue, Mayor Jim Kenney said Tuesday “now is the time” to have a discussion about its future. He’ll likely have to do more to back up those words if the statue is going to be removed. Any proposal made to remove it, according to the Art Commission, must be put forth by Kenney’s office. Here's how the process works for taking down the controversial statue.
In other unbelievable Philly statue news: The city is set to unveil next month a statue of Octavius Catto on the south apron of City Hall. He's the first named African American to be memorialized on public land in the city’s history. Philly has more than 1,700 statues on public land and most are of white men. Catto was an educator, civil rights activist and accomplished athlete, who was murdered on Election Day in 1871 in Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia police union reached a new contract agreement with the city, shaking hands on a three-year deal announced Tuesday. What wasn't announced was a particular item the city conceded to the union: much more lenient reinstatement measures. Philly Weekly's Max Marin talked to DA candidate Larry Krasner, who said, “It appears that the arbitration process once again has not introduced a level of accountability that would be appropriate for police officers." Krasner chided the agreement, calling it a result of "a process carried out in secrecy, designed to shut out public input."
Ukranian rock group Yeezhak and former USSR singer-songwriters the Yaker Brothers will provide the live tunes to rev up this Eastern European take on the Philly block party. Bring your own food and booze and join the gathering around a bonfire. Free samples of Baba's Brew kombucha and Smithworks vodka.
Where: MAAS Building at 1325 N. Randolph St. 19122
When: August 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to August 19, 2017 at 12:00 a.m.
How much: $5 suggested donation
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The Eagles play their second preseason game tonight at 7 p.m. and after last week's clunker in Green Bay — outside of a stellar first drive by Carson Wentz and the offense — there are a lot of questions left for the Birds to answer. First, how will Ronald Darby help the defense, and will they miss Jordan Matthews on offense? The Eagles play the Bills, so JMatt will be front and center at the Linc tonight. You know who else will be? Alshon Jeffery, who makes his Philly football debut. We run down the players worth keeping an eye on and all the reasons you should totally tune in tonight.
Do not look at the sun Monday afternoon. Or the moon. Though Philly isn't a prime viewing spot for the solar eclipse, you still risk eye damage if watch the moon pass over the sun without the proper eyewear. Enter Yards. Yes, Yards Brewing Co. They made step-by-step instructions for turning one of their empty cases into a safe eclipse viewer. Lazy? Try to snag a free pair of glasses from the Franklin Institute today.