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The past four years have been host to one of the most discordant political cycles in recent history, an atmosphere of vitriol and volatility that rose like a tidal wave from the churning waters of the Great Recession.That wave crested last year, when a motley band of activists took over Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, sparking a nationwide movement that recognizes a hard line between the moneyed elite—the 1 percent—and the rest of us. In this narrative, we have the powerful on one side and the exploited on the other; and never the twain shall meet—except, perhaps, in open battle.Meanwhile,
For almost a full week, Occupy protesters made their presence felt in Philadelphia. They came, they were arrested, they screwed up your commute, and now they've left. Today, about 100 protesters that got together for what's been named the National Gathering began a march from the Liberty Bell to Wall Street. Yeah, like, the one in New York. Our iPhone app says that will take one full day, but the protesters have opted to avoid the turnpike and stretch the trek out over a full week. It's only supposed to feel like we're on the surface of the sun on
Ever since Occupy Philly began causing a stink in Philadelphia, I've been waiting for MOVE to make an appearance. After all, historically speaking, no other group in Philadelphia can rouse the rabble quite like Ramona Africa and her band of dreadlocked revolutionaries. Plus, with social injustices and police brutality high on the complaint lists of all of the Occupy groups, their mission, as vague as that may be at times, is hardly dissimilar from that of MOVE. But with Occupy Philly's presence for the last nine months and with Occupy's National Gathering officially happening here on the 4th of July (some people got started early), there's been nary a peep out of the MOVE organization.
Philadelphia Police arrested 26 Occupy protesters outside of the Convention Center on Sunday evening. Bike officers reportedly corralled 20 men and six women who were blocking traffic on the 1200 block of Race Street. The protesters are in Philly for the five-day Occupy movement's national gathering in Center City. The "National Gathering" is based at Independence Mall and was planned to overlap with Philly's Fourth of July celebrations. [Philly.com]
Can we have a brief conversation about July 4th being on a Wednesday? We're all getting jipped. Pretty much no one has Monday and Tuesday or Thursday and Friday off, so the whole week is pretty much a wash.On top of not actually getting a holiday, though, is this rundown of how traffic is going to screw your entire life up for the next week or so. Also, this is a reminder that the city will be "Occupied" by the best Occupiers our country has to offer. But, hey, Queen Latifah is performing, so we're all good. Is it happy
The reason traffic sucked in Center City during your lunch hour today was because of an Occupy Philly protest. Occupy protesters—about 100 and change or so—started just west of City Hall and demonstrated in front of branches of Wells Fargo Bank and Bank of America on Market Street before continuing to Rittenhouse. Numerous police vans and a whole slew of bike cops showed up in response; at least two protestors have been arrested. Oh, and the remaining protesters plan to demonstrate at the Inky/Daily News building on North Broad around 3 p.m.—presumably to join forces with the stripper protest scheduled for
One thing that separates magazine journalism from newspaper journalism is point of view. That is, while newspaper reporters generally strive for objectivity and balance in their stories, magazines writers—at least in magazines like Philadelphia—typically approach their subjects with more latitude, leeway and license. Yes, accuracy is paramount and fairness important, but what shines through in a great magazine story is the writer's own take—his or her own observations, ideas and attitudes about the material.
What's better than a national Occupy conference in Philadelphia July 4th weekend? Two national Occupy conferences in Philadelphia July 4th weekend. That's right, failed congressional candidate and Occupy Philly protester Nathan Kleinman has announced that the group plans to double our pleasure and double our fun with a national conference sponsored by numerous organizations including Occupy Wall Street. This is in addition to the conference planned for the same time that was announced by the lawyer who advised some of the OWS protesters arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge. [Wall Street Journal]
On April 26, 2012, several defendants could be sent to prison for what they did outside a government facility on November 29th last year, prior to the police arriving and catching them in the act. Sounds like a gang of terrorists caught red-handed, doesn’t it? But words, like appearances, can be deceiving. These were no terrorists. And they weren’t gangsters either. They weren’t even criminals. They were simply a group of nonviolent and selfless activists who, in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr., social reformer Maggie Kuhn, homeless advocate Mitch Snyder, and labor leader Dolores Huerta, did what justice demanded.
Occupiers are going to occupy Philadelphia for the Fourth of July. An official announcement today warns that Occupy delegates from all 50 states, Washington D.C., and U.S. territories will be elected to attend a “general assembly” in Philadelphia for the holiday. The event calls for 876 delegates to be elected in early June and descend on Philly for the week of July 2nd with a planned protest outside of Independence Hall on the Fourth. Yay. [NBC Philadelphia]