Nine Occupy Philly protesters occupied the lobby of Comcast world headquarters for more than 2 hours today before being arrested at about 3:30 pm. Outside, we cheered, sang, and rejoiced. In case anyone isn’t familiar with why all of Philly hates Comcast, check out these stats from Occupy Philadelphia’s facebook:
For locating its headquarters in Center City, Comcast was given $42.75 million from the state, and pays no taxes for the first 10 years. The construction firm that built the headquarters, Liberty Property Trust, received $30 million from the state. These subsidies and tax cuts could save the AdultBasic program that Governor Corbett has gutted, which provided over 45,000 low-income Pennsylvanians with health insurance. Occupy Philly activist Melanie Bartlett notes that the CEO of Comcast’s salary – $31.1 million – works out to more than $4 per second.
This action, which pleased countless Philadelphians, was taken in solidarity with Occupy Oakland’s call for a general strike there today.
A Brutal Arrest on the Sidewalk