Occupy Philly Where Art Thou?

Occupy Philly protestors were camped out in tents in the City Hall courtyard until they were forceably removed. Photo by: Madeline Clapier.

Story by: MADELINE CLAPIER / Constitution High School

Photo by: HEDIE MOJICA / Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush

There was a buzz in the city of Philadelphia last October. The Occupy Wall Street movement had finally hit the streets of Philadelphia. However after just a few months, the supporters seemed to disappear. So where have they gone?

Some may be thinking that nothing has changed since Occupy Philly took over the city. Well, in a sense you may be right. When the movement started there was no clear objective. “The reason emerged from it rather than starting it,” Occupy leader, Gwen Snyder, explained.  The movement was a bunch of really pissed off people. Camping out in Dilworth Plaza was planned in only a few days, but then they were kicked out.

Gwen Snyder says Occupy lives on.

During the occupation, Richard Negrin on Radio Times stated, “What is happening there at Dilworth cannot happen again.”  He explained that while the people involved in Occupy Philly were appropriately exercising their free speech, there were certain variables that could not be duplicated. The city could not afford the movement and the sanitation was becoming a problem.

However, Snyder had a different outlook on why it would not be duplicated, “What happened to Dilworth was important…. So unexpected and spontaneous”

The Occupy Philly story may be out of the news, but for some people a seed has been planted in their heads regarding the movement.

During the months in which the Occupy movement had the people of America mesmerized, there was a lot of backlash from news programs around the country.

Ann Coulter is a reporter from Fox news and she spoke vociferously about the Occupy movement.  She likened the rally cry of  “demolition of capitalism”  to the rhetoric of  pre-French Revolution, the Russian Revolution, and with only slight modification to what she refers to as, “when the Nazis were coming to power.”  The interesting thing is that while she is badmouthing the movement, she unwittingly spreading the word.  July 4, 2012 the movement came back on 3rd and Chestnut Street, proving that it was not dead. The movement still has supporters. Justice for Jobs continues to be a loyal supporter of the Occupy movement. Though, the supporters may not be seen all the time the movement is very much alive.


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