Occupy Philly Protesters Reflect on How the Movement Has Changed Their Lives

By Michael Alan Goldberg
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Others aren’t sure what they’ll do. “This is my life,” says McMonigle. “If it doesn’t work out, I’m probably gonna go live in a monastery. I can’t see myself going back to a regular life. My parents have asked me, ‘Do you think you can get a job out of this?’ That thought hasn’t even entered my mind. [Occupy Philly] is my full-time job.”

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1. Nik Zalesky said... on Nov 9, 2011 at 11:00AM

“I think Michael did a great job covering many angles of this. I didn't say this to Michael, but I do want to say that even though I don't want violence like that in Oakland, I know that we have no control over it, because it's visited on us by the system, not vice versa. I would like to see more actions like sit-ins and opening up abandoned buildings that used to serve the community but were victims of budget cuts.”

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2. Anonymous said... on Nov 10, 2011 at 10:23AM

“Quote: “I envisioned that everyone would get along and everyone’s concerns would be met, and that hasn’t always been the case,” says the 29-year-old.
Fact: This movement's manifesto espousing freedom from all debts does look stupid and makes its spokes-persons look out of touch and unresponsible.”

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3. Robert said... on Nov 12, 2011 at 01:07AM

“Hey Vaune, come over to the conservative side. We don't have racial divisiveness here.”

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4. Anonymous said... on Nov 13, 2011 at 01:01PM

“I wish the focus of this group would be on jobs, then I would be out there with them. I t should not be this hard to get a job. For nearly thirty years, I have worked for law firms in litigation support. These firms have now out soursed these positions to so called facilities management companies, or a more fitting word would be "pimps". These "pimps" allow their clients (firms), to violate every employment law on the books. Including all forms of discrimination along with sexual harrasment, and get away with it. The employment who works for the "pimps", are treated like undocumented workers, whose job is on the line everyday, causing great stress and uncertainty. Low wages, longer hours than the cleints employees, not to mention inferior benifits. When occupy Philly is ready to march on the Pa. Disiplinary Board, I will be there.”

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