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Occupy Philly threatened with eviction

Published Nov 28, 2011 8:48 PM

Critical of the upcoming massive slashing of
community programs by Congress, ‘Jobs Not
Cuts’ was the theme as a diverse crowd spoke
out at Occupy Philly on Nov 23.
WW photo: Joseph Piette

Nov. 27 — Day 53 of Occupy Philly has turned into a showdown between the protesters and the police, since the city threatened to evict activists at 5 p.m. It’s now 10 p.m. and the people’s mic remains strong at Dilworth Plaza outside City Hall.

After days of threats to evict and efforts by the city to divide and conquer by sowing disunity and supporting compromising groups against everyone else, the struggle to stand up to the state has created an amazing unity. At an open people’s mic to express “my dream,” participants in the occupy movement spoke up one after another to express the kind of world they would like to see — mostly a world without capitalism.

Most of the people speaking up were young people who want to see a world with opportunities for employment that is not exploitative; where jobs are for the benefit of society, not just for the profit of the bosses; where people can be creative, caring and work to benefit society. They want a world where borders are abolished; where war is a thing of the past; and where the environment is no longer threatened by corporate greed.

The police, acting on behalf of the bankers and the business community, may succeed in tearing down the tents and arresting the people who have chosen to stay, but they cannot stop this movement.