The day started with me checking into the Occupy Wall Street live stream while I waited for my nephew johnny and his girlfriend Chrissy to arrive so we could PATCO it over to the Chinatown bus and get our May Day on. Chinatown bus doesn’t accept credit cards and since we were all buying the tickets on one credit card and hadn’t brought enough cash we went around the corner to Greyhound and bought one way tickets to NYC.
Radicals are not born; they are made. They are forged in movement. And this is a particularly time in our national and global history where the piercing tongues and burning presence of Radicals is needed. My use of Radical has nothing to do with being extreme. It has to do with being just. It has to do with going to the root of the problem and devoting our vital energies to justice and democracy from the root. It has to do with Radical Democracy. In a society moving backwards puting down your feet and digging your heels in is radical. Taking a step forward is radical.
So, it was trial day for 31 defendants arrested on occupy Philly’s eviction night. I made it to the trial about an hour after it began at 9am-ish. Here is what I saw and heard to the best of my “remembering ability”
To help us all understand what the hell is playing out right now in Philly schools, I wanted to start compiling a list of resources and articles about the Philadelphia School District's present situation and how it came about. If you've got more to add (and there WILL be a lot more being written about this subject in the days/weeks to come), please post them in the comments for others to read.