‘Occupy Philadelphia’ Stakes Out Independence Mall

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Some members of the “Occupy Philadelphia” protest group have pitched a tent on federal ground in front of Independence Hall, in clear view of tourists visiting the historic district.

There are signs posted near the tent that read, “We are the 99 percent,” “I still believe in freedom,” and “This is a test of the free speech system!”

Chris Goldstein (at left in photo below) is with the public relations working group for Occupy Philadelphia.

“We are doing our own free speech system experiment here.  We are in the ‘free speech’ area of  the Independence National Historic Park and we are next to the First Amendment written into granite,” he notes, “and so we are on a piece of property that really honors the First Amendment more than anywhere else in the country.”

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The National Park Service says the group, which calls itself “Occupy 1776,” obtained a permit and can renew it for up to 14 consecutive days.  Camping is prohibited, so no sleeping inside the tent.

Members take shifts at the tent, which they say has become a symbol of the movement.

Reported by John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  1. Lorraine Crawford says:

    You’re barking up the wrong tree! Who do you think give Wall Street their corrupt ways? The US Congress that’s who. The Wall Street bunch (through their lobbyist), bought and paid for it. Money talks and congress listens and who do you think become lobbyist after their turn in congress? Yep it is one vicious circle. Why aren’t you over at the congressman’s head quarters with your grievances? Why doesn’t the news media make a point of this? Get focus on the real problem in this country. Corruption results in a dysfunction congress. They have lost their ability to govern responsible. They spend their time arguing over party policies and fail to do the work of the people. Get rid of all the poltictal parties and make the elect rid answer to the people. Ban any form of lobbing period!
    What your doing now with these demostrations is just running up the bill we all half to pay for. Police work, clean up, and vandelizum has a negative effect that hurts your movement. Change direction if you really want change.
    Del Crawford
    PS and while I am at it, Bring all our troops home and for those that would threaten us, Just send a “Drone”

    1. Anon says:

      Lorraine, I agree with what your saying, I do. But don’t just talk, please. Get out there and make your suggestions happen. This is a leaderless movement. You have a voice and people will listen. Walk up to any occupation, yelll MIC CHECK and you’ll have everyones attention. Peace and solidarity,
      #OCCUPYALLENTOWN member

  2. ANGRY TAX PAYER says:

    TIME FOR THIS FLEA CIRCUS TO MOVE ON TO ANOTHER TOWN. mAYBE IN CHINA, OR MEXICO,NORTH KOREA , TRY CUBA ITS WARM THERE. THESE RATS NEED TO GO,AND TAKE YOUR LICE WITH YOU! TAKE YOUR SOCIAL TALK WITH YOU.. THIS IS AMERICA, WE PRACTICE CAPITALISM HERE, WINNERS WIN AND GET TO CHOOSE THE DESTINY OF THEIR BOUNTY.

  3. Peggy says:

    Time for the City , with the use of police dogs and horses, to run these crazies into the Delaware. It’s time for this nothing “movement” to be over. Give the City back or the police and cotizens will take it back…. violently!

  4. JFC says:

    They should go camp out at U Penn. I’m sure the liberal administration wouldn’t mind one bit. The right to free speech does not supercede the rights of others. Equally important is to understand that in a city with severe financial problems, this a drian on finite financial and manpower resources.
    By the way, these people are not taking anything back. Greed is a moral choice like having unmarried sex. Protesting against either is pointless. Besides their protests against coporations and the wealthy is misdirected. They should be protesting in DC. Clinton, Barney Frank and Chris Dodd were the catalysts for putting us in this spot. Goldman was only too willing to take advantage of the unintended consequence. Obama won’t bite the hand that feeds him. Thus no indictments for the mortgage fiascco.

  5. Tiredofitall says:

    I think they’re going about it the wrong way. Don’t ask me what is the right way, but, stinking up the city, pitching tents in tourist districts, and interrupting the workings of a city is not one of them.

  6. Jesus Budda Judah says:

    No they’re not! They’re taking it back! Along with our country!

  7. m.a.g. says:

    Armyof1,are you saying the city should deny these people their rights under the U.S. Constitution. THAT WOULD BE A SHAME ON ALL OF US.

  8. Armyof1 says:

    These people are ruining our city …. as if it needs help in that area. They are completely out of control now and I don’t think NutterButter can deal with it. Stop giving them permits. That’s one way. If you don’t give them the ‘right’ to camp, maybe they can be controlled that way at least. So, now, when tourists come to see the Liberty Bell, they have to see and smell these people. It’s just out of control. Nobody is going to want to come here. Shame. Just a sad, sad shame.

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