Occupy Philadelphia: Day Five

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – On day five of the protests there are about 50 tents set up on Dilworth Plaza, outside City Hall. Early in the morning, there were some people milling about. For some, it was a late night; for others, an early morning.

“I’m upset about Wall Street, I’m upset about corporate greed, I’m upset that people are losing their jobs,” said Daaiya Goldstein, who joined the movement recently.

“I hope that everyone unites and comes together as one and this movement keeps going on,” said Michael Miller, a construction worker who has been unemployed for eight months.

Don is up, manning the safety desk, making sure there are no problems here. He says this movement is happening without any leadership.

“From the first day, we had a daycare set up, we had family things set up, we had adult education, we had non-violence training courses, tech support was set up within hours. And this is all organic process. No one even directed each group, there’s not even a board or anything.”

Don says there have been no problems he’s heard of yet — no arrests. And he says visitors from other Occupy movements in other cities say the Occupy Philadelphia movement is the best organized movement they’ve seen.

Much has been made about the Occupy movement not having demands, but members say there isn’t just one belief here. Instead, it’s a bunch of people who agree on many things. Signs protest Wall Street, war, the lack of jobs, and even Andy Reid.

“I try to correct everyone who says this is a protest, because a protest means essentially that you’re whining, ‘I don’t like what you’re doing,’ and you’re just going to stand there and yell. And, having demands, it makes you more like a petulant child. So, what we do is try to come together and work on solutions for each other. It’s better when you make an important decision in your life to consult with your friends. It’s a whole other issue when you consult with a thousand friends.”

One concern for demonstrators is politicians latching on to the message and bending it for their own political gain.

“An article written to us by a person who was with the Tea Party movement, talking about how it was their group got co-opted and how we can prevent that from happening to us.  So that is a conscious concern of people out here.”

Another concern here is the forecasted rain. People say they’ve learned from Occupy Wall Street protesters that they need waterproof containers and tarps to protect their food from the elements.

Reported by Jim Melwert, KYW Newsradio 1060; Oren Liebermann, CBS 3

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  1. Jerry Frey says:

    Remember when the Chris Matthews crowd painted the Tea Party with their ideological tar brush of racism? Support for Herman Cain proves they were fools. Now, the Republicans are the ideological fools for describing the Occupy Wall Street Movement as an anti-capitalist mob of hippies.

    The middle class, the backbone and benchmark of our democracy, has been decimated. People who once lived comfortable lives and were confident about the future for themselves and their children, now live in their cars and reluctantly utilize food banks. Protestors on Wall Street who represent anger and frustration with the status quo will begin making an impact when the protests are transferred to Pennsylvania Ave. and McClean, Va.

    Social unrest, revolution, ensues when the people see nothing to lose.

    People are more important than profits. Families are more important than market share.

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  2. PhillyBop says:

    Those protestors are really lucky that they are in Philadelphia protesting and not in New York, and that the Mayor isn’t Frank Rizzo and the President isn’t George Bush #2. If Rizzo was still Mayor, “Rizzo’s Boys” as they were called, would have been bashing the protestors heads in like they are doing to them over in NY. Protestors there are getting their heads bashed in for just protesting! It’s disgusting. Whatever happened to “freedom to assemble and express” New York???!

  3. bottomline says:

    The Vietnam war ended when Nixon and Kissinger were seriously frightened by the massive protests outside the White House.
    The politicians and Wall street know what the protestors want, but they need a massive laxative to clear their constipated conscience.

    1. Another Jean says:

      Amen. And it was protests and marches that brought an end to segregation (at least under the law). Once again, it’s time to stand up to the overly-powerful minority, in this case, the wealthy, who are using the rest of us to get even wealthier while regular people lose out. Big corporations haven’t used their high profits to “create” jobs in the U.S. They’ve laid off American workers and sent the jobs overseas, or dumped double-duty on the workers who remain. Their executives, including the ones in the non-profit (for tax purposes) health insurance companies, make enough every year to support the next ten generations of their families. They don’t know the meaning of the word “enough.” The greed is ridiculous, and it’s part of what is killing the economy. Bring the jobs back, and let’s have “trickle-up'” for a change. “Trickle down” is a disaster.

      1. ck says:

        Your ignorance and your own greed is astounding. You clearly are simply jealous and envious of the “wealthy”. I would surmise that you are lazy too since it appears, based on your own comments, that you do not want to work and save and earn your own money. You would simply rather take it from those who have worked. Furthermore, your gripe is more appropriately placed against the current administration’s policies which have crippled any possible economic growth (although I doubt you would admit that). I am so sick of people complaining about the success of others. You are not owed anything in this life. Whomever taught you that did you a great disservice.

  4. Rosa says:

    I am a union official, I am with you 100%

  5. Waste of Time says:

    WHY do you think this will solve anything? They don’t care you’re sleeping in tents. They don’t care about your “demands”. They don’t care about the “99%” Spend less time sleeping at City Hall and more time looking for jobs. I was unemployed for over a year. I didn’t cry and complain. Instead, I worked my a$$ off to find a job.

  6. Marcey says:

    I feel like the only way to make sense out of the “Occupy movement”, or even this article is to take a long-a## bong hits!!!

  7. Olney Falcon says:

    “I try to correct everyone who says this is a protest, because a protest means essentially that you’re whining, ‘I don’t like what you’re doing,’ and you’re just going to stand there and yell. And, having demands, it makes you more like a petulant child. So, what we do is try to come together and work on solutions for each other. It’s better when you make an important decision in your life to consult with your friends. It’s a whole other issue when you consult with a thousand friends.”

    So far, there have been no arrests, and no reports of any problems.

    We are all waiting with bated breath for the “Solutions”… Even one would be fine… Thank You…

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