Cindy Milstein talks about what it means to be a radical, the myths and misconceptions surrounding radicalism and anarchism, and her thoughts on Occupy Philadelphia and the Occupy Together movement in general.
In Lower Manhattan's Zucotti Park (renamed 'Liberty Square' by the demonstrators), the cast of thousands swell in rebellion against the betrayals by the banks, Wall Street's relentless greed, the plague of joblessness and the craven servility of the political class--both Republicans and Democrats--to their moneyed masters.
"You're asking our youth to be punished for something they have no power over. You've taken all the resources. You've cut the programs, you've cut the schools, you've cut everything and this is what remains. If you pass this curfew law you are telling the out of today you don't care about them . Let's be serious this is not going to upset middle class University City students.
My name is Khadijah White and I’m here with many others to reiterate my protest against this curfew.
Just a day before Mayor Michael Nutter passed the Philadelphia curfew this summer, he made it clear that his target was Black youth. “That's part of the problem in the black community”, he said, “we have too many men making too many babies they don't want to take care of and then we end up dealing with your children."
"It shouldn't surprize us that this is about race, the mayor says this is about race! We know hoe it's going to be used, for what neighborhoods and against whom. So let's call it like it is. We have to admit that this is segregationist and a law like this is a step backwards for the city, a step backwards for the country. It's a step back to Jim Crow!"
"The mayor is talking a lot of crap about other people kids, about their houses not being in order when his own police commit acts of violence against its citizen of this city and his own house in not in order.."
Here are some of the report backs from our Public, Private Commons workshop last Saturday. Check out audio of the first part of the workshop here. The sheets in the image below are currently hanging up at the Occupy Philly library!
Here is last Saturday's workshop on reimagining Philly as commons (thanks to Diane!!). During the workshop, Cindy briefly broke down the concept of the commons, Layne and Sarah discussed how the struggle for the libraries and rec centers in Philly changed the dynamic of our public resources and onion talked about his international experiences of spaces seized by popular movements. We then split up into groups and reimagined various aspects of Philadelphia as commons.