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Hundreds of Philly Students Walk Out of Class to Protest Budget Cuts

Hundreds of Philly Students Walk Out of Class to Protest Budget Cuts

Hundreds of Philadelphia students walked out of class and marched on the steps of City Hall to protest budget cuts on Thursday.

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Courtesy NBC Philadelphia

Students from Benjamin Franklin High School, the Franklin Learning Center and Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts walked out of class at approximately 1:30PM and began protesting major cuts to education spending.

The students, many of whom were still wearing their backpacks, carried protest signs and could be heard chanting, “No ifs, no buts, no education cuts.” Another sign read “Mayor Nutter We Need Counselors.”

Students also protested on Twitter, with tweets like, “Students need support! Like counselors! Don’t cut these important resources that we need.”

Philadelphia Police Captain Brian Korn tweeted that there were various groups of students headed to City Hall from different directions.

The protesters eventually made their way to City Hall, even shutting down a main throughway for a short period.

The students locked arms while marching up North Broad to the school district building.

“Showing students power to the powers that be,” the group Philly Student Union tweeted from in front of the district headquarters.

The school district reportedly has a budget shortfall of over $300 million dollars, according to the School Reform Commission.






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08/05/13 Black News , ybw #

NYPD: ‘Guilty Until Proven Innocent’ Is the Price We Pay For a Free Society

NYPD: ‘Guilty Until Proven Innocent’ Is the Price We Pay For a Free Society

Everyone knows about the NYPD’s ‘Stop and Frisk’ policy, but are you aware of the rationale behind that policy? Apparently the NYC police and mayor believe thatNYPD2 the city’s inhabitants are guilty until proven otherwise, and are using the recent manhunt in Boston for the marathon bombers as an excuse for increasing surveillance.

In a Christian Science Monitor article discussing ‘teenagers, terrorism, and social media’, NYPD Sgt. Ed Mullins put all New Yorkers on notice that they no longer have a presumption of innocence:

Using a zero tolerance approach to track domestic terrorists online is the only reasonable way to analyze online threats these days, especially after the Boston Marathon bombing and news that the suspects had subsequently planned to target Times Square in Manhattan, Mullins says. The way law enforcement agencies approach online activity that appears sinister is this: “If you’re not a terrorist, if you’re not a threat, prove it,” he says.

Unfortunately, that’s not the way the law works, or at least not the way it’s intended to function. In the land of the free, citizens are supposed to maintain a presumption of innocence until proven otherwise. The implications of Sgt Mullins’ admission are disturbing. If there’s no presumption of innocence, then law enforcement officers are allowed to behave however they please, even going so far as to ignore evidence and harass innocent people.

Also, how can a person prove their innocense? How can you prove a negative? Mullins then goes a step further, saying that casting a wide net ensures freedom:

“This is the price you pay to live in free society right now. It’s just the way it is,” Mullins adds.

It’s   “just the way it is” because the NYPD has decided to make it that way. It’s not judicial or fair. The people of NYC should stand up for their freedom before this sort of tyranny doesn’t become the law of the land.


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