There were about 10,000 people in FDR Park tonight, spread out over a huge area. They marched from city hall once again and with a mix of heat and angst tensions were high but still the crowd remained peaceful. Some inside bickering about candidates, corruption and feelings of giving up and taking back the “arena”. After seeing some of the speeches tonight (more…)
July 4th – The day has arrived…… the crowd is just beginning to mobilize. Many feeling the pain of last nights celebrations and are groping for water on what will certainly be another very hot day! Unfortunately the occupiers were rained on briefly this morning around 6 am. Still no relief from humidity! I’m guessing many were so exhausted they never knew until waking up to a damp blanket! (more…)
Having the Quaker church has turned into a real treat. Can’t image having to worry about parking on the streets in this heat and constantly running the generator would have been really hard on us and the “V”. So big thanks to the Church for making us an awesome retreat where we occupiers can do our thing without being harassed. We get enough of that from the police! (more…)
We’re finally here in Philly. The trip was made with ease and songs sung, art made and good conversations until we found everyone sound asleep in the back. It had been a long night and some of us only getting to sleep in the wee hours of the morning. With sleep deprivation and incredible heat wave we forged our way to Philly. It was decided among a few of us (when we heard from Chris Wambaugh of Kalamazoo, MI) that we would meet, them from DC and us from Newark so we could make our grand entrance together. (more…)
After leaving NY we made it to Philly just in time to participate in “Occupy the 1st Amendment”. The protestors started setting up at 7 am at Independence Mall at 5th and Market street. The plan was to Mic Check Comcast to protest that would not carry Al Jazeera in English. The plan to invade the lobby came to an abrupt halt when (miraculously) the police found out about the plan and blocked off all access to the building. As we approached the building we found some Comcast executives standing around out front. Not sure what their purpose was other than to annoy an already disappointed crowd. After showing their “own” TV show the protestors took to the streets and marched back to Independence Mall where the rally continued. Later that evening they had a burial ceremony for the “1st amendment”.
After roaming around downtown last night we were unable to find any occupiers but we did attract (once again) some police who noticed us right away. It was about 7:30 when we arrived and we didn’t know if there was a camp. Every time we stopped to set up the navigator a cop car was there to move us on. Some passerby told us the camp had been closed down. We were tired and hungry so went for a nice dinner.
Philadelphia was founded 1682 by William Penn and served as the temporary capital of the United States. Philly the city of “Brotherly Love” sure didn’t exhibit that in their actions toward the protesters!
This “Land of Liberty bell” which rang at first public reading of the “Declaration of Independence” on July 8, 1776, symbolized freedom of the U.S. However, this beacon of what democracy should be, is anything but that. Stated across the top of the bell is: “Proclaim Liberty Throughout all the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof”. A slight hypocritical? It appears the Occupiers do not have that right “in this land of the free”. Home of Benjamin Franklin one of the founding fathers! From what I read he sounds like a true 1%’r!
We parked for the night and called it a day hoping to catch up with some occupiers the next day. I found out the General Assembly was being held at 6:30 tonight. I met some great people who gathered at the Archer United Church. Pics below.