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Occupy Philadelphia

We will be providing real-time updates tonight as the eviction orders for Philly and Occupy LA are carried out.

You can view the Occupy Philadelphia live stream below, and read our real-time news updates directly under the video feed.

Occupy Philly Flash Mob at Wells Fargo:

All times listed are EST

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was the first capital of the union. Mayor Nutter gave Occupy Philly a 5 o’clock deadline tonight as of 9 o’clock the occupiers are still occupying.  There have been twitter reports of DHS on the scene and at 7:57 PM the General Assembly passed out quarters for from-jail phone calls. Activists from all over the country are taking buses to Philadelphia to join our brothers and sisters. In the background the sound of bells and sirens accentuate the voices of people’s mic. All the people statements begin with: ‘I want to live in a world that…’ Philadelphia police are saying that there will be no eviction tonight but activists are wary. Most of the national sweeps on Occupies across the country have come early in the mornings. That being said, Philadelphia police officers seem calm and supportive. We will be watching.

Bas Slabbers photos on the ground

The contraversey with the unions in Philadelphia comes because the city has a $50 million dollar project scheduled in the area that is being occupied (meaning jobs). As a resident of Philadelphia  before I moved to New York I can say I witnessed libraries and public programs diminish to nothing in the last couple of years. This plaza is a corporate band aid on a public gash that needs reconstructive surgery.

http://centercityteam.com/2011/11/17/daniel-j-keating-company-selected-for-dilworth-plaza/

Watch live streaming video from occupyphiladelphia at livestream.com

All times listed are EST

UPDATE: Russell Simmons has asked Mayor Nutter: “to remember this is a non-violent movement – please show restraint tonight.” Nutter has responded via twitter that he agrees. The crowd is starting to thinkbut the mood is optimistic and victorious (12:26AM).

12:27AM Philly Weekly Twitter is posting that… “a police presence seems to be building, so #OccupyPhilly is now locking arms” http://twitpic.com/7kz00r @Baslabbers is tweeting a similar message that seems to suggest police are moving in.

12:56AM: There has been more chatter on police buildup behind City Hall (Josh Kinney @theJKinz reports). But there is no sign thus far of anyone moving in. I propose that we rename city halls nationwide sitting halls. There are no helicopters as of yet.

1:11AM: Activist-overnighters on the ground are reporting that there are only 6 police officers left. Yet, there are conflicting reports on twitter of buildup out of sight. There are reportedly 300-400 people still at Philly Occupies.

1:32AM: There have been reports of garbage trucks showing up. Some occupiers are seeing this as a sign of inevitable eviction.

1:43AM: Police have demanded that the Occupy Philly drum-circle cease and desist. Activists have refused. More reports of garbage trucks arriving have surfaced.

2:00Am Occupier have taken to the streets and began to march. There is no other sign of police crackdown.

6:00AM: Occupy Philly has now lasted 13hours without incident past Mayor Nutters eviction timeline. It is rumored that police are waiting for Mayor Nutter to return to Philadelphia on Tuesday to raid Occupy Philly.

About karololesiak

Karol Olesiak is a poet, writer, and activist. He is a graduate of Eugene Lang Liberal Arts College at The New School and an MFA student at The University of San Francisco. As a Navy sailor, he commissioned the USS Ronald Reagan, navigated the straits of Magellan, and served in the Persian Gulf. In 2011 Karol headlined The Bowery Poetry Club in New York. That same year he became a staunch supporter of The Occupy Wall Street Movement and became entrenched in the Occupy network of affinity groups. Karol was one of the founders of www.soldiersforthecause.org. He became an antiwar activist in 2010 and has written many political essays. He has been translated into Spanish. Karol's poetry has been incorporated into cinematography and sound art.

2 comments

  1. I had to write and tell you all that I saw last night in Philly. A friend of mine and I came. We were blown away by all of you. We had a such a great time. I am a mom of a Marine and 2 reitucrs. I have the up most respect and love for all of you and for what you are doing The word needs to get out that PTSD is real and our military needs help . Keep Rocking. I will be following you. If you ever need a volunteer for anything Im in. I have 9 children so we can cover a lot of ground. LOL

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