A team of us camera-wielding Philadelphians arrived at the Occupy Wall Street Protest in Zucotti Park, NYC, at 5am on Friday, October 14, 2011, two hours before the NYPD was scheduled to evacuate demonstrators from the privately-owned space so it could be cleaned. Mayor Bloomberg announced that the occupants would be allowed to return only if they followed a strict set of rules, which included no laying down or bringing personal items back into the park. In response, the protesters cleaned the park themselves before the 7am deadline and refused to leave. In the end, park owner Brookfield Office Properties, Inc. announced that the cleaning effort would be postponed, resulting in a general consensus that the protesters had “won” a major victory against their adversary by coming together to literally stand their ground. Demonstrator Chris Guerra (first image) from Newark said that it was one of the greatest moments of his life to see the protesters come together peacefully and successfully resist what was expected to be a violent clash with authorities.
On Thursday, October 6 beginning at 9am, Occupy Philadelphia supporters will camp out at City Hall in Philadelphia for as long as it takes for government officials to affect change for the 1000+ people who are pissed off about the state of the economy at their doorstep.
Last night nearly 1000 people came together at the Arch Street Methodist Church in Center City, Philadelphia to establish a date, time, and place for the upcoming Occupy Philadelphia protest.
The movement stems from the ongoing Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in which activists seek to raise awareness for the growing income gap in the United States (1% of Americans earn nearly 24% of the income) and the general discontent people feel for the state of the economy.
When asked why he came out to last night’s meeting, recent graduate James Hilton (pictured in first image) responded: “I don’t want to be poor for the rest of my life. I just want a job.” He also added that he does not feel like the United States government is representative of him or everyday people since it is composed of individuals who can afford to pay for their agendas to be considered.