Activism

Philly Midnight Motorcycle Run for Peace

The Midnight Motorcycle Run for Peace kicked off from Philadelphia City Hall late friday night.

According to their Facebook page, the Midnight Run for Peace Committee is an organization of dedicated motorcycle enthusiasts — committed to stopping violence by riding through high crime locations throughout the city — as well as promoting motorcycle safety.

So far this year, Philadelphia has suffered 61 homicides, nine fewer than 2011′s year-to-date total but 17 more than in 2010.

#OccupyPhilly Monday: still standing past eviction deadline

I checked in on #OccupyPhilly this morning and found it smaller yet still present after yesterday’s eviction deadline. I counted roughly 40 active demonstrators, possibly a similar number of other residents, and slightly more police and old media than usual, but there wasn’t much going on. The veterans section appeared unchanged.

Video frame grabs: #OccupyPhilly arrests

I grabbed these images just after noon Sunday from the Global Revolution live stream.

They appear to show arrests taking place on the street outside the Philadelphia Police Administration Building, consistent with photojournalists Joe Kaczmarek‘s photos of a protest at the same location last night.

I live in Philly, covered the city for many years and can confirm that I saw familiar Philadelphia Police wagons, bicycles and uniforms – and the Police Administration Building – in the video. Police carried some of the demonstrators – who apparently refused to walk to police vans – but both sides seemed generally peaceful, at least as far as I could see via the video.

Now, 90 minutes later, I can’t find any news of the arrests on any Philly old media news sites. Not even a tweet.

Advancing content produced by an active participant in any story requires at least special attention to ethical journalism practices, but what choices so we have when nobody else delivers? Does waiting for police confirmation make any sense when they have been identified as the other party in the conflict? These are very interesting times.

Day 8: Morning rushes past #OccupyPhilly

I took another walk through #OccupyPhilly at Philadelphia City Hall this morning and found more tents sheltering protesters from the damp weather but couldn’t help but notice the lack of engagement between demonstrators and morning rush hour commuters. ©2011 jim@jimmacmillan.com

 

TSA week in tweets and links

RT @tsagov: Advisory: Children who “opt-out” of scans will be told Santa is dead. #tsa #tsagov
Serisouly, we still have these? AP Exclusive: Color-coded terror alerts may end http://yhoo.it/geZ3eB
Foursquare Takes on the TSA With “Baggage Handler” Badge http://on.mash.to/fiuNBO
RT @warpafx: Shoe bomb, underwear bomb, toner bombs, liquid/gel explosives – failures, but we pay anyway. Non-bomb success: 9/11
reuters slideshow: Anatomy of a patdown http://reut.rs/fNnkgb
Lie detectors next? Hahahahaha. RT @AP: INTERACTIVE: The new airport security measures: http://apne.ws/fUKK30
The terrorists won: Young boy strip searched by TSA http://youtu.be/XSQTz1bccL4 #video
Boing Boing » TSA roundup: pilots get exception, Obama response, Clinton “wouldn’t submit,” Al Qaeda moves on http://bit.ly/dyV4zd
Amputee forced to remove prosthesis, expose residual limb, be separated from 4yo son http://bit.ly/aN1ICh
Everybody loses except the security industry. Boing Boing » How TSA screeners feel about junk-touching http://bit.ly/c4P6lu
RT @USATODAY: Body-scanner makers spent millions on lobbying http://usat.ly/bYBObb
Chance of dying from airport backscatter radiation about the same as chance of getting killed by terrorists. http://bit.ly/cOzRPD
Agency’s enemy is terrorists, but travelers wonder why they’re made to feel the target http://apne.ws/9n8SA1 -SB
TSA chief: ‘Invasive’ airport security policies here to stay http://usat.ly/at7Jys
RT @nicolosi: Does the TSA ever catch terrorists? If they do, for some reason they won’t admit it. @Slate http://slate.me/8YmPpX
“Don’t Touch My Junk”: The Rap Video http://bit.ly/9qhwDs
TSA security groping leaves 61-year-old bladder cancer survivor soaked in own urine http://bit.ly/d6LmwS
Elementary school teacher re TSA “I didn’t really expect her to touch my vagina through my pants” http://bit.ly/aSki0c
onthemedia: The TSA and ‘Don’t touch my junk’ and what it might mean when activism begins online. http://bit.ly/csQ2fH
TSA Forces Cancer Survivor Flight Attendant to Pull Out Prosthetic Breast During Patdown http://gizmo.do/dbP6N2
Soldier: And I can take over the plane with nail clippers? http://bit.ly/9x4OYR #boingboigbestfortsamadness
Capt. Sully: “I don’t want anybody but my wife and maybe my doctor touching me in…” http://bit.ly/apESmK #video
What will happen at TSA checkpoints if the next incompetent goofball “bomber” hides the explosives – um – “inside” his body?
Y’know I’m just stating to feel bad for everybody involved. RT @jayrosen_nyu: Keeping us safe http://jr.ly/78ih
RT @Michael_Yon: Stand up, America! Enough is Enough! I got handcuffed and still refused.. http://bit.ly/dCKABN
RT @EliseAckerman: Orlando’s Sanford Airport shows backbone, kicks out the TSA http://gizmo.do/dpevXd
AP: Airports consider congressman’s call to ditch TSA. http://apne.ws/970vWI
Check out this awesome “Don’t touch my junk” story – http://tinyurl.com/272nboo
TSA day continues: RT @slashdot: TSA Pats Down 3-Year-Old http://bit.ly/bZT3TM
TSA day w/ Has Airport Security Gone Too Far? http://on.wsj.com/c2hqCS and mom blogger’s TSA – Sexual Assault http://bit.ly/b4TuW6