Basic synopsis of the occupy philly movement and its place in the Occupy America movement that swept across the nation. Filmmaker Claude Edney spent three days in "tent city" which was directly where the occupy movement protestors occupied demanding human and political rights. Various interviews of "occupants" tell of their individual views and struggle demonstrating to municipal, state, and national powers the importance of human rights and its effects of society.
Occupy protesters with OccupyPhilly and Code Pink lead a spontaneous march on Wells Fargo and Bank of America during the Occupy Wall St September 17, 2012 anniversary celebration. Seven arrests then took place in front of Bank of America.
On April 13, Philly celebrated the release of the book Love and Struggle: My Life in SDS, the Weather Underground, and Beyond, by David Gilbert, who is a political prisoner in New York State. The event, at Goldilocks Gallery, featured speakers, a short video tribute to David and the book, and a showing of a quilt made by imprisoned community members at SCI-Chester.
It was a rare gathering of movement elders and young people who shared their passion, wisdom, and commitment. Check out the videos:
Ashanti Alston, former political prisoner
When joining the Black Liberation Army, the first task that we were assigned was to free political prisoners…. We had to be brave enough, and, I will say, crazy enough to do it. Harriet Tubman had to be crazy enough to do it. You cannot keep thinking about “I might get killed, I might die.” It is a time to act…. Even if you’re scared, you know it has to be done. And it don’t always have to be the grand action. It could be knocking on your next-door neighbor’s door. Or your coworkers, and starting that kind of conversation that helps move them from a space of indifference or apathy or fear, to one of the courage to begin to take back their lives.