Saturday, October 22, 2011
Occupy Philadelphia at City Hall
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is not immune to the "occupy movement" that can be observed in major cities across the United States. This encampment has occupied Dilworth Plaza on the north side of the Philadelphia City Hall for almost twenty days. This non-violent demonstration aims to overcome economic equality, corporate greed and the influence of corporations and lobbyists on government. An unofficial count states that as of this day there were 304 tents in the plaza.
Visit occupyphilly.org, occupyphillyga.net or Facebook to learn more about Occupy Philly. Even in my home city, an Occupy Honolulu protest has set up camp in Thomas Square, one of the city's first and oldest municipal park.
I don't see the harm in these protests. It serves as a reminder to governments and corporates of the current state of the economy. The persons who dismiss the movement as a blight on the landscape of the city without addressing the movement's issues are missing the point.