Occupy, City To Meet on Sunday

Posted on October 29, 2011 by


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 to participate in a meeting to discuss the GA and the process of decision making. At 3 p.m., a larger meeting will focus on how to improve not only GA and its process, but the Coordinating Committee, the creation of a blog for GA, encouraging more participation of Occupiers, and creating more clarity around Facilitation.

A draft of the letter is culmination of feedback during General Assembly, working groups, and has been available at the Information Tent. While it was announced this past Friday during GA that the letter would be available online, this never materialized. Requests for the final draft of the letter have gone unanswered. The correspondence is a direct response to both a letter from the City and the issuance of the permit for Dilworth Plaza, which were dated Oct. 16, 2011.

In its letter, the City cited several concerns including public urination, graffiti, and other code violations. It also mentions the possibility of including Occupy in the City’s art mural project. It indicates Occupy had agreed to move from Dilworth Plaza once the renovation of the plaza begins. The General Assembly has not yet voted on whether the movement will move to a different location or stay at the plaza.

Confusion has arisen within Occupy over whether the permit was originally open ended. The permit, however, states the permit is from Oct. 6 to the beginning of the construction project. Specifically, the permit states, “Start of Dilworth Plaza Construction (Date TBD)”.

Concerns about the project range from the misappropriation of capital funds in an economic crisis to holding up a project that will employ union workers, who both support the movement but have been hit hard by the economic crisis. Occupy Philly has received support of solidarity from unions in Philadelphia, including faculty at the University of Pennsylvania.


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