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Occupy Philadelphia Will Stay Put Despite Work On Dilworth Plaza

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Occupy Philadelphia held a general assembly Friday night to vote on whether to move across the street from City Hall– at the city’s insistence — or stay put.

The majority voted to stay camped out on Dilworth Plaza next to City Hall, where the plaza’s about to get a major facelift–a job that was expected to start this month.

“I think we should expand. I think this should be more than just a sit-in at City Hall. And this is Occupy Philadelphia, not just Occupy One Small Place in Front of City Hall. There are buildings that we can obtain and use for office space, and start creating community centers,” says Michael Yaroschuk, who believes the movement should do more than stay put.

But that proposal was defeated. For now.

“We’re just having the dialogue now, so we’re all just beginning. This is only, you know, a month in. So, it’s a learning process every day.”

Reported by Molly Daly, KYW Newsradio

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  • Anon

    WAKE UP PEOPLE! First, wether you agree with this Occupy movement or not, its a GLOBAL movement, not one just in the US or in Philly. Second, this is a country started by PROTESTERS. People who disented, questioned authority, and wanted change founded this country. The US has seen many positive changes from “those stinky people”. Remember the civil rights era? Remember the Veitnam protests? For the record, they were protesting to bring the troops home, not against the troops. You really need to wake up, how dare we as a country want to deny occupiers their 1st amnd right. They have the right to free speech and to peacefully assemble. I am a proud gun owner and I can tell you that if you want to take one of my .45s you’ll be prying it from my cold dead hands. As for “those stinky people”, they value the 1 amd rights the way us gun owners value the 2nd amnd and with out people like me and people like them this country would never have formed. If your truely patriotic thank a disenter and a gun owner. I am both. I am a MARINE, 3 tours in Iraq. I support the rights of the occupiers and since I have been home for 5 months and still have found zero empolyment I have found an occupation.
    Semper Fi,

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  • JustMe

    One of the ‘Occupiers’ said on the news over the weekend that the ones that are there now are not even the ‘original’ occupiers anymore. He said that even the ‘homeless’ have moved into some of the tents. The original occupiers have left, and now we’re dealing with the ‘rowdy’ bunch. Same. They should be kicked out and sent back home, wherever that is.

  • John

    Release the hounds!

  • TJ

    They are now trespassing.

  • littlej

    What is amazing is that the ‘occupy’ group will not move, but I am paying taxes so they can be safe and secure, while some neighborhoods in philly are too dangerous to even go out at night. Maybe they should find a way to pay for those expenses. How are they any different from ‘Wall street’, banks and whatever else they are protesting. The occupy group is using someone else’s money (my taxes) with no regard to my needs or wishes, just like wall street and the banks. If the group really wants my respect, than they should pay for their own security, or at least pay back the city.

  • Laura

    Kick them out.

  • Peter

    I was afraid this would happen. Once the initial novelty wears off and the no longer get significant media attention they have to ramp it up to get the attention they crave

  • bob

    Maybe they should occupy

  • Kevin ImDabear Glenn

    why are they occupying anyways. what is objective or demands.
    what is resolution?

  • Uncle Frank

    Get Out the Fire Hoses and give these idiots a good bath!

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