Browsing Archives of Author »Diane Varner«

We’re Still Here

November 28, 2011


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 […]

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

November 27, 2011


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 […]

A Thanksgiving Day Invitation to City Hall

November 24, 2011


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 […]

City: You Can Occupy But Not Really

November 22, 2011


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 […]

Rev. Jesse Jackson again visits Occupy Philly

November 21, 2011


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 […]

Occupy Philly Votes to Move to Thomas Paine – NOW

November 17, 2011


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 […]

Occupy Votes to Occupy Evicted Home

November 17, 2011


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 […]