March 4, 1987
A small group of celebrities slept on the sidewalk of the northwest corner of 1st and Spring streets near the former site of Tent City on Tuesday night to draw attention to the plight of the homeless. Project coordinator Kathy Stevens said radio personality Casey Kasem, actress Carol Kane and actor Max Gail were among those who joined the sleep-out.
January 21, 2001 |
Thousands of chanting protesters massed along the inaugural parade route Saturday, jeering at the motorcade of President Bush and transforming an event that is traditionally a spectacle of national unity into a display of political dissent not seen in nearly 30 years. Protesters outnumbered--and sometimes outshouted--parade-watchers in places along Pennsylvania Avenue, waving banners that accused the new president of stealing the election even as nearby Bush supporters cheered him on.
August 15, 1999 |
On 9/9/99, millions of children around the United States will go back to school. You remember school. That's the place a mommy or daddy used to send a kid off to in a new Mickey Mouse shirt or a Michael Jordan jersey or a pinafore with a cotton knit blouse, not a bulletproof vest. Wellington Webb, the mayor of Denver, has handpicked 9/9/99 as the day he wants other mayors and their chiefs of police from all across America to stage a mass march on Washington, D.C. Why 9/9/99?
October 31, 1999 |
One thousand religious leaders rallied Saturday in a downtown church here, fervently signaling their intention to make the major presidential candidates address an agenda aimed at improving the plight of the working poor.
March 11, 2001 |
About 200 protesters gathered Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial to demonstrate against Army plans to issue black berets to all its soldiers--an honor that had been reserved only for the elite Rangers. "Why would someone harm such a noble heritage?" former Ranger Bob Black asked the crowd. But as part of an Army effort intended to boost morale and promote unity, the berets will become standard issue for all soldiers starting June 14, the Army's birthday. But the protesters rejected those efforts.
May 1, 2001 |
About 200 chanting environmentalists representing 22 different organizations marched at the White House on Monday, accusing President Bush of doing more in his first 100 days in office to harm the nation's land, air and water than any previous president. A towering sign was hoisted in front of the White House gates depicting an out-of-control oil well spewing crude in all directions. Smaller signs said, "No nukes," "Don't plunder the planet" and "Stop the rollbacks."
July 21, 1998 |
Demanding millions more for HIV prevention and televised condom ads, AIDS activists said Monday that the nation has slacked off vital efforts to keep Americans--especially young people--from catching the AIDS virus. Saving lives isn't the only issue. Every year at least 40,000 Americans catch HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. An estimated half of those stricken are under 25. They add $6.
October 6, 1998 |
Nineteen civil rights advocates, including the head of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People, were arrested in front of the Supreme Court building on Monday as part of a protest against the lack of minorities among law clerks hired by the justices. The demonstration, organized by the NAACP and attended by more than 1,000 people, coincided with the start of the court's new term. Only one of the 34 law clerks hired for the 1998-99 session is a minority--a Latina.
May 24, 1998 |
Emblazoned with jackets and buttons remembering America's missing war heroes, nearly 200 veterans on motorcycles rallied outside the Vietnam embassy to push for a final accounting of those lost in action. The rally is part of what has become a Memorial Day weekend ritual. Thousands of veterans and their families are in the area as part of the Rolling Thunder protest.
February 29, 2000 |
About 185 people were arrested outside the Supreme Court building in Washington and 164 more were arrested in San Francisco during protests seeking a new trial for Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was sentenced to death for killing a Philadelphia officer in 1981. John Riley of the Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition said the demonstrators were opposing capital punishment for Abu-Jamal, a onetime Black Panther and radio journalist.