Friday, September 30, 2011
The group “Occupy Wall Street,” has been camped out at Zuccotti Park and marching around the Financial District for two weeks, speaking out against what they say is corporate greed.
Friday at 5:30 p.m., however, the group says it will march to One Police Plaza in Lower Manhattan against “police brutality and harassment,” specifically an incident last Saturday in which a deputy police inspector used pepper spray against some protesters.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg also added his voice to the protest discussion Friday.
“People have a right to protest, but we also have to make sure that people who don’t want to protest can go down the streets unmolested. We have to make sure that while you have a right to say what you want to say, people who want to say something very different have a right to say that as well,” Bloomberg said.
Earlier in the week, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly declined to say whether he believed the conduct was justified, but called the protesters ... [ READ MORE ]
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Many of us at some point have used these words..."We are doing this for the children." But what if this phrase were not true? What if we adults were to be completely honest about why we do what we do in the community? I believe that we would find that very little of what we do is REALLY for the children.
For some, the concept of food co-ops may conjure up images of leafy greens, and granola, with members sharing the work. Although this model still works in some areas, the co-op of today is just as likely to be a modern storefront offering a full range of groceries, with an emphasis on the healthful, locally grown, organic, economically conscious, and/or fair trade.
It's clear that the co-op model is still an attractive one, as evidenced by seven new start-ups in Eastern Pennsylvania, from Chester to Doylestown and an eighth in Scranton, in addition to the six established ones in the Philadelphia Metro area. From Virginia to New York, 31 co-ops have organized into the Mid-Atlantic Food Co-op Alliance.
"People are becoming savvier about food," says Glenn Bergman, general manager of the Weavers Way Co-ops. "They like to know where their food is coming from and where their money is going. By shopping at a co-op, they know they are keeping their money local and reinvesting in their own community."
The current burst in co-op development is only a small part of a larger dynamic -- the same dynamic that brought First Lady Michelle Obama to Philadelphia as part of her "Let's Move" program, stating, "we want to replicate your success here in Pennsylvania all across America."
After having had the second-lowest number of supermarkets per capita of major cities in the United States a decade ago, Philadelphia has... [ READ MORE ]