Occupy Philly: The Evolution of Tent City

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You may agree with Occupy Philly’s (albeit unclear at times) mission and goals. You may not. It doesn’t matter. Their anger is not going away. Which is why we think it’s time to reflect on the movement, one month in. In these pages, you’ll find a few different stories about the people who make Occupy Philly what it is. Ada Kulesza reminds everyone why Occupy is here in our city. Michael Alan Goldberg finds Occupy’s original facilitators and discusses how the movement has evolved since it started Oct. 6. Randy LoBasso, of course, remains obsessed with the similarities between Occupy and the Tea Party. And Tara Murtha explores the curious—and controversial—Ron Paul tent.

In This Issue:

How Did We Get Here? Stories from people who've lost everything.

Looking Back: Protesters reflect on the 1-month-old Occupation.

Frenemies Till the End: Just how similar are Occupy and the Tea Party, really?

Right as Ron: Following the odyssey of the Ron Paul tent.

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1. Anonymous said... on Nov 9, 2011 at 11:45AM

“I can't believe that this is what honest, hardworking (or unfortunately out of work) taxpayers have to resort to, to get government's attention. We are crying out for help! And instead, the government and Hollywood celebrities travel halfway around the world to help the poor and destitute in other countries. WE'RE HERE! We never ask for help, and now we need it. We need gas prices to be lowered to help us get to the next job interview, and to decrease the cost of everything, including the bread we feed our children. We need programs that help with re-education, and don't make you jump through hoops to have to get it. We need the overpaid pigs in government to be let go WITHOUT bloated pensions and severance pay.”

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2. Anonymous said... on Nov 9, 2011 at 12:22PM

“Hey, I have the beginning of the solution for you. Vote Republican!”

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3. Anonymous said... on Nov 9, 2011 at 01:41PM

“Vote republican!? Republicans, and there trickle down (trick us all around) economics, got us into this mess.”

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4. Anonymous said... on Nov 9, 2011 at 05:05PM

““Stealing private property because you disagree, want to stomp your feet, throw a tantrum and get your way - which is ME paying for YOU - is typical of the bums occupying Wall Street. The intelligent and freedom loving are over at the Ron Paul tent.”

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5. Paul Glover said... on Nov 10, 2011 at 09:52AM

“Occupy Philly: A Green Agenda is at http://www.paulglover.org/occupy.html”

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6. Jim Russo said... on Nov 10, 2011 at 07:57PM

“As a supporter of much of the OCCUPY Movement, I feel the points have been made...now it's time to move on. Leave Dilworth Plaza for it's rennovations and the employment opportunities it brings. Don't take it out on the city!
I think sympathy and support is waning...negative media reports are beginning to outweigh the issues once at the forefront. No surprise Portland is saying "Time's Up!"
As in the case of the 2000 Republican Convention protests here in Philadelphia, many people I've spoken with support the tenants of OCCUPY but just don't identify with the protesters. It's clearly becoming a case of accepting the message but not the messangers. There eventually comes a point where these people are just playing Woodstock and no longer doing anything constructive...”

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7. Anonymous said... on Nov 11, 2011 at 07:52AM


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8. Anonymous said... on Nov 11, 2011 at 11:00AM

“Occupy: Winter Survival Guide


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9. Robert said... on Nov 11, 2011 at 11:51PM

“Yes, I said vote republican. I bet that most "Occupy" people never would do that. It is the BIG government that you should be protesting. Conservative economics triumphs the free market system which is the engine for prosperity.
Like it or not, free market economies DO NOT equalize people's wealth nor income. Free market economies DO provide prosperity for the greatest amount of people. I blame Democrats and Republicans for stifling the free market but at least Republican candidates have the right dialog (eg: cutting taxes, flat or fair taxes and shrinking the government).”

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10. Robert said... on Nov 11, 2011 at 11:58PM

“...and BTW, I visited the "Occupy" tent city this week in Philly. I was singing with some girls on the street "Lean on Me" to their altered words that complained about the government. I was with them on that one. But the communistic undercurrent to this "movement" is not the answer. I am sickened when I see those Che pictures as if he was some hero. He was a vile murderer. I was also told by one man that we (human civilization I guess) is raping the earth. Sorry to tell you all that gas prices wont go down if we don't drill for it. And the do nothing democrats will not ok the drilling for it.”

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11. Jim Russo said... on Nov 14, 2011 at 05:19AM

“If I had the time to join Occupy Philly to protest corporate greed & consumerism here's what I'd do:
I'd Leave my massive square-footage suburban home and drive to Dilworth Plaza in my big gas-guzzling SUV.
I'd first stock up on bulk food & bottled water from WAL-MART & SAM'S CLUB purchase with my BANK OF AMERICA VISA card.
I'd wear my NIKES, GAP hoodie and my Che t-shirt bought at URBAN OUTFITTERS.
I'd bring my IPHONE4 and MAC laptop to keep in touch with freinds & media via TWITTER, MY SPACE & FACEBOOK with my COMCAST, VERIZON & T-MOBILE accounts.
I'd bring my APPLE iPOD & iPAD to keep myself and my myself entertained.
I'd ignore the Phila Stock Exchange, Wharton and other entities only a few blocks away for the security of City Hall paid for by the City.
I'd never mention Obama's Wall Street & corporate bailouts to media for fear it would make me look like a racist, Right-Wing-Republican-Tea Party drone.
I'd, etc, etc, etc,”


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