Thursday, February 2nd was a busy protest day in Philadelphia. Comcast workers made a huge splash with their 2:00 p.m. walk-out in Center City, as reported by Philadelphia news site, Billy Penn. This nationally coordinated action followed an earlier international company walk-out by Google employees on Monday, January 3oth, according to The Verge. Both Comcast and Google supported the efforts, with Google matching donated funds, and Comcast ensuring that employees were paid for their time during the walk-out.
Then, in the early evening, a March Against Discrimination, hosted by Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club started as a crowd gathered in front of the local Fox News station at 4th and Market Streets. Multiple organizations sponsored the rally and march. Between 200 and 300 people walked peacefully up Market Street to City Hall, while helicopters hovered overhead and police lined the route. Bystanders were seen to spontaneously join the crowd, and a SEPTA driver in a line of buses waiting for the street to clear called out encouragement.
Many are gearing up for the Philadelphia March for Humanity – #SanctuaryEverywhere taking place tomorrow, Saturday, February 4th at Thomas Paine Plaza at 1:00 p.m.