PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Occupy Philly plans to the appeal the permit for Thomas Paine Plaza, accross the street from their current encampent at City Hall’s Dilworth Plaza, which was granted to them by the city. The new permit would allow them to continue to demonstrate when City Hall construction begins and the group is forced to relocate.
Julia Alford-Fowler, a member of the occupy philly legal collective, says the problem with the new permit is that it restricts their hours, allowing them to “Occupy” only between the hours of 9am and 7pm:
“One of the big things that we are going to ask for in the appeal is the time restrictions to be either vastly widened or completely removed.”
She says if there are 75 people or less in a public space they do not need a permit; but King Downing with Occupy Philly says over 100 homeless people have now also joined the movement:
“It’s important because when you talk about the power of the 1%, the first consequences of the power of the 1% are the people who end up being forclosed on, and end up being out on the street and so if everyone demonstrates and goes home, it doesn’t demonstrate the real serious extent of the problem.”
Reported by Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio