Asian students from South Philly High marched to school district headquarters Wednesday to protest recent violence at their school. PW's Joel Mathis was there to capture the scene.
Community organizers say 30 or more Asian students were attacked Thursday at South Philadelphia High School. In September, PW's George Miller wrote this cover story about how Asian students are regularly targeted in Philadelphia schools.
Three things to know in Philly today: NJ LAWMAKERS CONSIDER GAY MARRIAGE: Thirteen New Jersey state senators will go head to head today about whether gay couples should be allowed to marry. Lawmakers anticipate about six hours of testimony in the Senate Judiciary Committee and expect the measure to pass. That would send the legislation to the full Senate for a vote as early as Thursday. It is not at all clear which way the Senate will finally vote. Though similar legislation died in New York’s senate last week, proponents of gay marriage here think they still have a fighting chance and are focusing their lobbying efforts on senators they believe to be undecided about the issue. (NJ.com) STUDENTS BOYCOTT SOUTH PHILLY HIGH OVER ASSAULTS: It is our opinion that South Philadelphia High School is still not a safe place for us. Because we are Asian immigrants, we are targeted. We have been working with the school a long time, but still the school has failed to provide a concrete plan to address our safety inside and outside the building. We remain very upset with some staff members who are unresponsive to our concerns. We have been saying repeatedly that the security...
Racial tensions have been escalating at South Philadelphia High School, and peaked when 30 Asian students were the target of a violent attack. But one group of diverse students have resisted the divisive racial tensions by breakdancing.