Today was the first day of Occupy Philadelphia which was held on City Hall Plaza and attracted a large number of people. They were throughout the plaza and nothing was organized or orchestrated. There were no speakers other than sometimes someone would stand on a wall and shout something to the gathering. This is very organic, grassroots and attracted various people from and with various causes. A small street band played music which attracted the largest crowd but most people walked around, held their signs and chatted with one another. I saw Sherrie Cohen, Sharif Street, Rick Smith of The Rick Smith Show and his engineer Brett Banditelli, Joe “The Nerd” Ferraro and others. A large group gathered along Broad Street with signs and banners attracting many honks from passing vehicles in support. Police stood silently and bored along the edge near City Hall as nothing of any consequence to them was happening. All the while two helicopters hovered overhead taking pictures for their news organizations.
This is a hodgepodge video I took around the plaza. The first part isn’t work safe for language:
This interview is with a young man unable to find a job:
These two young people held signs decrying the Bush tax cuts and the lack of jobs created by the failed policy:
These three men from Teamsters Local 929 had a lot to say:
More pictures and video are under the fold:
Joanne had a lot to say about bankers:
These students are saddled with onerous student loans: