Occupy Wall Street was ambushed by police this morning in Zuccotti Park, moments after Mayor Bloomberg tweeted “Occupants of Zuccotti should temporarily leave and remove tents and tarps. Protestors can return after the Park is cleared. #ows'” and a note from the park's owner was delivered by police that stated “You are required to immediately remove all property including tents, sleeping bags, and tarps from Zuccotti park. This means you must remove the property now.”
Along with Fight for Philly and many other organizations, Occupy Philly will be participating in the National Day of Action for the 99%. On the eve of high-impact economic recommendations coming out of Congress (due on November 23rd) Philadelphia will rally in solidarity with OWS, Chicago, Boston and many other Occupations to take a stand for the 99%. In the last week, it may seem as if Occupy Philly is more focused on what divides us than what unites us. But we all agree there is an economic emergency for the 99%.
The above photo is of Bo Han (OWS) being interviewed by ABC news on their 5th day of the NYC to DC March. Photo credit Marshall James Kavanaugh
by Marshall James Kavanaugh
After working all day today and for the last few days, I was at home relaxing when I saw that according to the NYC to DC March GPS Tracker, the occupiers were on their way down East Girard Avenue only a few blocks away from where I sat at my computer. Of course, I was aware that this march was on its way into Philadelphia today and I had tried to stay updated on when they would reach the city so that I could make my way to Occupied City Hall to greet them. I had not thought much on the fact that the route they would take would lead them essentially right past my house. In a moment of excitement, I grabbed a white dress shirt and a tie and rushed out the door to catch up with them. The GPS Tracker had not been updated in eight minutes according to the website, so I made my way down to Girard as quickly as I could.