A video of the rather violent arrest of Emily Yates, a musician and Army veteran who was protesting U.S. military intervention in Syria at Independence Mall on Friday, went viral over the weekend. Yates, who is being represented by Philly attorney Larry Krasner, is being arraigned this afternoon in federal court. She was touring the country playing gigs and spreading the message of Iraq Veterans Against the War.
The footage, which shows federal officers surrounding Yates and pushing her against a park bench after she asks them what exactly it is she's doing wrong, has been making the rounds on activist websites. Her online collection for a legal defense fund has already raised $9,000.
Fifty years ago today, civil-rights advocates from around the nation gathered for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. They had goals like desegregation, and boosting the then-$1.25-per-hour minimum wage to $2. So, how far have we come? That $1.25 wage they were complaining about amounts to $9.25 per hour in 2013 dollars — just slighty more than what President Obama announced he would seek in his State of the Union address this year to right-wing outrage.
To commemorate the march and the ongoing struggle, Fight for Philly, SEIU Health Care PA and Pennsylvania United for Immigration Reform are holding a rally at 6 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. 1965 speech marker — the site where King spoke on his Freedom Now tour.