Outside the Circle

Cindy Milstein

Occupation in Philly, Day 43 (November 17)

Occupation Comedy

The city serves Occupy Philly with notice of “imminent” eviction on Dilworth Plaza yesterday because of construction, after saying we’re standing in the way of labor and jobs; tonight, after one of our biggest GAs, we decide to strategically leave on our own terms, gaining labor’s support in the process; then hundreds of us pick up our tents and belongings, and carry them across the street to Thomas Paine Plaza, which the city basically offered to us in the past; the police at Thomas Paine Plaza look completely confused, and then tell us to go back to Dilworth or they’ll arrest everyone; so we move back to the plaza we’ve been occupying, even though the city wants to evict us. Guess they’re just itching to tear gas us! Glad we had a good laugh tonight, at the city’s expense, plus tons of renewed energy and growing solidarity, and also regained the moral high ground while maybe even doing some movement building. So proud of us & our creative tactics.

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This entry was posted on November 18, 2011 by in Dispatches from Occupy Philly.
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