On Sunday, November 6th, sparks of creativity flew as community activist groups fighting for and rebuilding our communities met at the main stage of Occupy Philly to share their visions for our city.
Speakers from ten groups gave us the basics about their work to stop prison expansion, gender discrimination on SEPTA, and casino capitalism; provide health and safety tools to sex workers; and win housing, support for impoverished mothers, and progressive tax policy. Armed with these insights and our own imaginations, presenters and attendees then formed small groups to brainstorm how to make Philadelphia a better place to live.
Reflecting on the Dilworth Plaza renovation, with federal, state, city, and private spending totaling more than $50 million, community group and Occupy Philly participants considered three questions:
How could $50 million be spent to meet people’s needs?
What should we pressure the city to do that doesn’t involve spending money?
What can we do without city funding or approval to fix our city?
This is what we came up with together: