After assembling the structure last Saturday night, they set it up across the street in the Thomas Paine Plaza in front of the Municipal Building, a space city officials have stated could be a good spot for Occupy to move so construction can begin.
When police arrived, some Occupiers found themselves in the odd position of defending “the Ron Paul tent people.”
Goldstein was impressed.
“[They] sort of do their own thing but last night I saw them get involved in the overall process,” says Goldstein.
For now, the structure has been moved back the original spot on Dilworth Plaza. No Ron Paul signs adorn it. Salguero says he’s already given away plans and building material lists to other camps who plan to tough Occupy out through the cold.
At this point, except for the pile of shit, it’s almost like an Occupy fairy tale: the “Ron Paul people,” formally the pariahs of Occupy, just may be key in helping the rest of the camp take the movement further into winter.
Salguero’s excited about the prospects. The first night he opened up the new structure, he says people from all over the Plaza came to warm up and hang out.
“It was wonderful, actually,” he says.
The issue about the gun, however, is still unresolved.
Years ago, the survivalist, or the man carrying the banner reading, “THE END IS NIGH,” might have been dismissed as an eccentric. But what is surprising is the increasing number of Philadelphians who’ve come to share such fears. In December 2008, Fernando Salguero set up the survivalist meet-up group Survive and Thrive, which, as it proudly boasts on its website, is “open to all faiths, beliefs and lifestyles. BAR NONE.”
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.
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