[This is adapted from a message that I sent to some of my fellow members of Occupy Philly following the Sunday actions at Dilworth Plaza. It was suggested that I try to make this more publicly available as a way of opening up a broader conversation about the direction of Occupy Phillly. It can be hard to carry out dialogue about this kind of stuff in General Assemblies or even Working Group meetings, so I really want to encourage as many folks as possible to try to sit down and try to put out reflections like this. The more we can all put our heads together, the smarter our work together will become. Thanks for reading!]
So no eviction came. How about that? I know many of y'all are probably dog-tired right now but this whole thing has got me in the mood to try to develop some kind of analysis about how the city government has been working to contain Occupy, and how we can work to be as un-contained as possible. I have some thoughts about all this but mostly I'd be stoked to hear what others are thinking. (Put another way: Don't hesitate to give your opinion even if you don't want read this whole long-ass message!)
Here's what I've got right now... I'll try to break it up into a couple parts:
"In the event of an eviction, we reserve the right to destroy capitalism" was just one of the many clever banners and signs created in less than 24 hours--in this case, thanks to some rad anticapitalists at the philly occupation--as the occupation in philly strongly and exuberantly faced the 5 pm Sunday "must move" eviction deadline from the city. Numerous people spray painted signs of resistance on the tents that have become homes for many without homes, even as many other tents for those who needed them were moved to another location, so people can continue to have shelter until this occupation & others hopefully start to liberate houses. Giant boards propped up at the front of the plaza were spray painted with examples of the ways in which Occupy Philly has already fixed up our own city, via self-organization, ranging from the number of free meals cooked & shared to the amount of free medic care provided.