It has been nearly two months, since the Occupy Movement was organized and migrated coast to coast throughout the country and even internationally. Throughout the two months of the OWS we have witnessed ample videos and articles-by the alternative and corporate media—of a burgeon police state. Some videos have shown the police in many major cities-NYC, Oakland, Seattle, Los Angles, and many other cities-pepper spraying citizens, slamming their heads into the ground, many protestors have even been hospitalized due the draconian action of this police state. Too many of the actions of the police have been extremely disheartening that I found it difficult controlling my emotion seeing like -minded people with fractured skulls, bleeding from the head, or old women being sprayed with pepper solution-and police officials justify pepper spraying a little old lady. So, I guess pepper-spraying a grandma makes some feel real macho because that is the only way to show how big their biceps are.
Recently, I decided to visit the Occupy Philly camp, a day or two after their two-month anniversary. I was interested in speaking with some of the demonstrators in the direction of where this move is headed. As I mentioned in my first post on the occupy movement that I agreed with much of the movement’s philosophy—but of course not everything. I have an affinity with their positions, but I also feel that the movement is in a stalemate in making a difference. They should choose a position or demand and concentrated on that demand until it is met i.e. the incitement of Jamie Diamond-the asshole who said he’s doing God’s work, or the reinstitution of Glass Steagall Act. Taking steps will open doors in achieving that change.
So, I arrived at Dilworth Plaza—the location of the Occupy Philly movement camp-around noon. I walked around the entire encampment at least once, to get a perspective of the almost 300 i.e. 260 tents assembled throughout the plaza. It would be easy to say that the demonstrators are crazy to be camped outside during these cold fall months, but these protestors motivated and inspired to be able to make a difference.
Prior to visiting Dilworth Plaza, I’ve heard the media reiterate the exasperation of the city about the demonstrators to relocating their protest because of a 50 million dollar construction project. In the beginning of the week, Mayor Michael Nutter apprised the demonstrators that they were being evicted due to their expiring permit—still find it ironic that you need a permit to protest on public property, especially when to the constitution is the only permit you need. Of course, not a single protestor complied with the mayor’s orders. While walking around the encampment, I noticed that one of the eviction notices was tagged-up with graffiti—making a mockery of the eviction. I talked with some demonstrators and observed philosophical and religious conversations. It was like a classroom.
One of the issues that concern demonstrators is the fear that a military police state may pervasively migrate to Philadelphia as we have seen in other cities across the country. A day before my visit to Dilworth Plaza a group of protestors marched to a busy intersection of Philadelphia; surprisingly the police response wasn’t even remotely, resemble what many have witnessed in New York. A few of the protestors lauded the police response, but apprehensive that it could be a surge of police brutality because of the historical nature of the police in this city.
The encampment is a breeding ground and an ideal location for the homeless as well as the mentally disturbed individual. I met this one mentally disturb man to get his take on the movement, when I first I approached him it was impossible to decipher. As we began to engage in dialogue, he then went on a harangue about absolutely nothing we were talking about. I began to feel uncomfortable because he constantly digressed from the issues and I didn’t want to continue with an irrelevant conversation. This movement brings a diverse group of individual together—economically: poor, working class, and middle class—whether police are administering the homeless to go to the Occupy encampment.
We are the 99 presenters—the movement’s motto. The Occupy Wall Street movement has aggrandize into a massive Tiananmen Square, these protestors realized that the relationship between government and big banks have become so odious, average citizens are willing to put their bodies against the gears of this chicanery institution. Whether you agree with the Occupy Movement or not the heinous brutality that is occurring throughout this nation with peaceful demonstrators is insane. Why would these power-trip officers find it justifiable to pepper spray an elderly women, a pregnant women—until she has a miscarriages—a group of protestors peacefully sitting on the sidewalk, or even assaulting anyone peacefully demonstrating? Well there has been publications by the Washington Blog, articulating that the department of Homeland Security have orchestrated a crackdown on protesters; even prominent film Michael Moore believes the federal government ordered protester face lethal torture—if you feel he’s a more credible source. I find it so facetious that Obama, his administration, military industrial complex, and many politicians on capital hill enjoys invading foreign nations to help them achieve democracy-bullshit, but fails to achieve democracy for it’s own people when it’s convenient. A police state pervading to Philadelphia is floating to surface as we have been witnessing in the rest of the country. This country has diverted away from the true America into a Mao, Stalin, Hitler, and Pol Pot horror film—a transformation that has been in the works for decades. Welcome to the Fasc