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We’re Still Here

November 28, 2011
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While it is unclear when the Philadelphia Police Department will enter Dilworth Plaza, or the People’s Plaza, to clear Occupy Philly, the movement now has a much sharper focus of the sense of community and solidarity needed to move beyond this two-month incubation. Last night, hundreds of people gathered in solidarity, using a progressive people’s […]

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Occupy Philly Braces for Eviction, Mayor Claims OP Moving to Paine Plaza

November 27, 2011
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Occupy Philly is bracing for its most important direct action to date: Standing in solidarity against the City of Philadelphia. While Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter tweeted this evening that Occupy has signed a new permit to move across the street to Municipal Services Building Plaza, also known as Thomas Paine Plaza, the real Occupy has […]

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A Thanksgiving Day Invitation to City Hall

November 24, 2011
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Clarification: This letter was drafted by a member of the People of Color Caucus with the endorsement of the Caucus. We make this clarification simply to give the author credit for such a well written letter. We support its intention. Open Letter to Mayor Nutter,     Council Members, Police Commissioner Ramsey            and Other Officials […]

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City: You Can Occupy But Not Really

November 22, 2011
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The Occupy Philly Legal Collective reported to the General Assembly (GA) Monday night that both the permit applications submitted for the Municipal Services Building Plaza, or Thomas Paine Plaza, have been denied. Both the Collective and the Reasonable Solutions Working Group submitted applications separately for Thomas Paine Plaza. Rather, the City of Philadelphia has provided […]

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Rev. Jesse Jackson again visits Occupy Philly

November 21, 2011
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The Rev. Jesse Jackson again visited Occupy Philly this weekend. He could be seen walking around the camp, speaking with members of the Occupy movement and specifically with members of the Interfaith Working Group. While he had a large group following him as he walked, other members of the Occupy camp felt more ambivalent about […]

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Occupy Philly Votes to Move to Thomas Paine – NOW

November 17, 2011
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After at least two hours of discussion, the Occupy Philly General Assembly has voted to move from Dilworth Plaza, or People’s Plaza, to Municipal Services Building Plaza, or Thomas Paine Plaza. The meeting began with clarifications by the Legal Collective, including that the eviction notice was no guarantee the City of Philadelphia would not come […]

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Occupy Votes to Occupy Evicted Home

November 17, 2011
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The GA also voted upon a second proposal, which garnered less attention. The proposal was submitted by the Working Groups People of Color, Direct Action, and Radical Caucus. A member of Radical Caucus introduced a Philadelphia woman who was evicted from her home. The woman, identified as Florence, spoke directly to the GA. She explained […]

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Groups Meet With City Representatives

November 16, 2011
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Occupy Philly Legal Collective meets with aides, told to wait While one group met with Philadelphia City officials Tuesday afternoon, another group was told it would need to wait. Members of Reasonable Solutions announced at Monday’s General Assembly (GA), through a member of Outreach, that a meeting had been scheduled with City officials. The notes […]

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Two Groups Seeking To Meet With City

November 15, 2011
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Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter is getting a lot of attention from Occupy Philly; in fact, two groups were seeking to meet with him today. At the beginning of Monday’s General Assembly (GA), a representative of Outreach read a statement from the Reasonable Solutions Working Group (WG) during Working Group Reportbacks. She made it clear that […]

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Tensions Over Resistance/Expansion Continue

November 13, 2011
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The past week have raised several questions about Occupy Philly that have no easy answers, including how the movement will proceed and if the relationship with the city is irreparable. At Friday night’s General Assembly (GA), an estimated 300 people turned out to participate in the discussion about whether Occupy should stay in Dilworth Plaza […]

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The Three Jewels of Occupy Philly

November 13, 2011
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Since my time at Occupy Philly, I have heard a few ridiculous things. The idea that we are all unemployed is laughable, that we are all college students is ignorant, and that we are all running amok with no understanding of the real world is supremely naive. We are not all socialists. We have a […]

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Resistance/Expansion Proposal Heads for Friday Vote

November 10, 2011
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The General Assembly (GA) crafted a proposal Wednesday evening to stay at Dilworth Plaza (People’s Plaza), expand to the Municipal Services Building Plaza (Thomas Paine Plaza), and make demands on City Hall. The proposal will go up for a vote on Friday. The proposal reads as follows: Occupy Philadelphia will stay at Dilworth Plaza at […]

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Occupy the Highway: From Wall Street to Super Committee

November 8, 2011
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It will be one of the largest direct actions to date in the Occupy movement – at least in the United States. Occupy the Highway will begin tomorrow from Liberty Square and will include marching 20 miles a day for the next two weeks. It begins at 9 a.m. The march will ultimately end at […]

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Why Did the Big, Black Box Cross the Road?

November 8, 2011
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While many enjoyed the wedding at Occupy on Sunday afternoon, others were across the street in Municipal Services Building Plaza, or Thomas Paine Plaza, trying to decide how to protect a black warming box constructed overnight. A big, black box sitting adjacent to the statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo was the issue. With no […]

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Direct Democracy in Action

November 8, 2011
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The Legal Support Group submitted a  proposal Tuesday evening to the General Assembly (GA) to determine whether or not the occupiers agreed to the basic premise of meeting with the city. The GA has provided the Legal Support Group with the power to communicate with the City of Philadelphia on its behalf. The proposal stems […]

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WHY I’M STILL HERE: Greetings from a Maverick Occupier

November 7, 2011
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By Orlando Enrique Fiol Three weeks ago, when I first heard about Occupy Philadelphia, I was thrilled by the prospect of making a difference in my adopted city for the past 11 years. Like many across the country and around the world, I felt frustrated with gross inequalities, persistent inequities and a capitalist system that […]

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Discussion on Expansion, Resistance Continues

November 7, 2011
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Discussion was much calmer Sunday night than previous nights as the General Assembly focused on the logistics of staying at Dilworth Plaza, also known as the People’s Plaza. The discussion was imminent due to the renovation project, slated to begin in November. A great deal of resistance surrounds the renovation project, let alone the discussion […]

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Occupy, Nutter Engage in Long Awaited Meeting

October 31, 2011
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Representatives of various working groups from Occupy Philadelphia met with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and a team of about 15 city employees at the American Friends Service Center at 15th and Cherry Streets on Sunday. The agenda was planned by representatives of the working groups  prior to the meeting and four members of Occupy volunteered to facilitate the meeting. […]

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The There and There Nots

October 31, 2011
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As with most burgeoning political actions, it is understandable to experience rapid growth when the action is just and touches the lives of many. Unlike singular actions of late, for example the environmental action to save endangered species or the sustainable movement arguing against fossil fuels, the Occupy movement represents overlapping issues, an amalgamation of […]

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Dilworth Renovation Panel Becomes Forum for Occupiers

October 29, 2011
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While planners of the renovation of the Dilworth Plaza planned to discuss the design process on last week, the meeting became a forum for many Occupiers to ask questions about the use of $50 million at a time of economic crisis. The City of Philadelphia is preparing for a major renovation of Dilworth Plaza, which […]

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Occupy, City To Meet on Sunday

October 29, 2011
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A meeting is planned between Occupy members and Philadelphia city officials on Sunday at 4 p.m., when representatives from Occupy can provide the city with a letter drafted by Occupiers, according to an announcement during Thursday’s General Assembly. The meeting with city officials is among several important meetings on Sunday. At noon, Occupiers are encouraged […]

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Feeding the Revolution

October 25, 2011
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Joseph Bieber said his job on the Food Committee is a tough one. “It’s one of the hardest,” he said. “Everyone needs food and comfort.” Joseph, an unemployed construction worker, has been with the occupation since its beginning on October 6, 2011. He said the food committees was one of the few committees that formed […]

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