PHILADELPHIA, October 16, 2011- We all know that something is “afoot” in this country. Although many may not totally resonate with the “physiognomy” or the overall delivery of the Occupy Wall Street movement, polls have shown that the majority of the population agrees with their sentiments.
In fact, polling has shown that the Occupy movement is held in higher favor than Congress right now, which could be why some of our representatives have made their way over to Zuccotti Park.
Although he was under fire during the protests, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke doesn’t blame the Occupy Wall Street protesters stating:
“I would just say very generally, I think people are quite unhappy with the state of the economy and what’s happening. They blame, with some justification, the problems in the financial sector for getting us into this mess, and they’re dissatisfied with the policy response here in Washington. And at some level, I can’t blame them. Certainly, 9 percent unemployment and very slow growth is not a good situation.”
With New York and DC getting most of the press in the Occupy movement, the city of Brotherly Love has held its own forming a cohesive and sustained protest which rivals its East coast counterparts.
As a past resident of Philadelphia I’ve walked around the Gotham City’esque city hall many times. Only this time I was struck by the surreal scene of the tent city which is now in place at the Occupy Camp.
As other Occupy groups are doing, Philadelphia is putting great emphasis on conducting classes and events (displayed on a big calendar in the middle of the camp) to inform and educate the public on some of the issues they feel strongly about.
Highlighted lectures from the past week were “Financial Inequality” given by a Swarthmore College professor and the “Truth, Freedom, and Prosperity” group conducting open workshops, which educate the public on facts and the history of the Federal Reserve Bank.
Next week there is a “Peoples Law School” being conducted by Community Legal Services attorney Micheal Froelich. His classes will be held at 5:30 p.m Monday thru Thursday and focus on tenant rights, discrimination, and similar topics.
The week has seen peaceful marches to the Well Fargo main headquarters and members of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (Hare Krishna) coming and speaking on “Spiritual Solutions to Material Problems.” They also distributed their “blessed” food (prasadam) to the public and members of the protest.
Occupy Philadelphia also marched Saturday in solidarity with the greater global Occupy movements marches and protests going on around the world that day.
Leaders and organizers of the Philadelphia movement stressed to me the importance of creating solidarity with smaller groups that are popping up- getting them the guidance and assisting with their needs in carrying out their missions effectively.
Leaders also stressed their persistence in staying at the Occupy site for the long haul. With the protest costing the city $80,000 a day in overtime, the city isn’t in a real hurry to offer new permits. Some leaders feel the city may arrest and strong-arm them out at any time, but they vow to come back and re occupy if this occurs. This situation will make the next couple of weeks quite interesting.
On leaving the movements “sacred space” I passed a posted sign that read: “Stop unlimited Lobbying of Congress by Corporate Manipulators.”
This struck a personal cord with me. In my own humble efforts in helping to lobby for small farmer’s rights and maintaining organic integrity, I learned that one individual can come in and speak from the heart to representatives, only to be outdone by the slick corporate lobbying machine- with millions or dollars at their disposal.
Corporations leverage their deep pocketed lobbying actions to manipulate policies and laws to their benefit. They also use their influence to put individuals with corporate ties into key political positions that help further their agenda. Good for corporations and their shareholders, not good for small farmers and the health and wellbeing of the citizens!
And this is just pointing out one of many examples which make up issues that transcend political leanings and parties that affect everyone.
To keep abreast on Occupy Philadelphia’s events, visit their Facebook page
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