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.
When did it start?Was it when financial institutions traded bad debt in the stock market? Was it when free trade agreements in the ’90s led manufacturers to close their plants in the United States and open them up in China?To the people who can barely scrape together a living, it doesn’t matter when the Great Recession began.
As the cold wind whips past the rows of tents outside City Hall on the 31st morning of Occupy Philly, bleary-eyed Anthony Griggs slowly emerges from his tent and shakes out his blanket. Here since the start of the occupation on Oct. 6, the 51-year-old forklift operator from South Jersey says that before joining the movement to support “everyone fighting for more jobs,” he’d never done much camping, much less on the freezing, hard cement in the middle of a city.
As the Occupy movement has proceeded, the liberal and conservative causes have overlapped on several fronts, including their shared abilities to take over the Internet with their messages, “occupy” the headlines and infuriate the other side. They both think they’re essentially the civil rights movements of the 21st century, too.
Ron Paul supporters and Occupiers make for strange bedfellows: While Paul’s supporters and Occupiers agree that this country is in big trouble, they advocate wildly different solutions.