DAILY GRINDER: Best Quotes from Last Night’s Occupy Philly Rally
Occupy Philly got together last night to, they said, stand in solidarity with Occupy Oakland, who were sprayed with rubber bullets, bean bags and tear gas on Saturday, when they tried to occupy some vacant property. Four-hundred people were arrested in that city. So, in response, Occupy Philly and other groups in cities around the country marched against police brutality. One girl at the OP march, which went through Center City, held a sign saying “Philly Police are TOOLS of the 1 Percent.” Two protesters were arrested after knocking down a fence at Dilworth Plaza, claiming it was public property. Other protesters said no one did anything wrong and, therefore, no one should have been arrested. Here are the best quotes I heard:
“We kind of took back Dilworth plaza, a little bit, took down the fence. It’s for you Oakland, for you.”
“Breaking down the fence showed the power of we, the fucking people.”
“The cop that talked to me looked like Porky-fucking-Pig. So, you know what Porky Pig? Fuck you.”
And as fate would have it, this morning, at 9:30 a.m., the city is holding the official groundbreaking of Dilworth Plaza’s construction.
In a weekend Philly Magazine blog post, one writer aggregates the case against some for-profit schools in Florida, of which Frank Biden, brother of Vice President Joe Biden, is the president. Part of the case against Biden’s actions? She calls him “a recovering alcoholic and drunk driver who was once arrested in a Blockbuster store for trying to walk out with DVDs stuffed in his pants. Perfect role model for our children!” There are plenty of cases to be made against school privatization. Slamming someone for fighting—and, as is noted, beating—the disease of alcoholism is not one of them.
Rick Santorum’s 3-year-old daughter, who suffers from Trisomy 18, was admitted to CHOP this weekend with pneumonia. (Santorum was back in his old stomping grounds because he was supposed to attend a fundraiser in the Philly burbs.) She’s OK. His campaign continues today.
Here’s an article saying Santorum is a hypocrite for opposing abortion, stem cell research and universal health care. Because of people like him, it’s claimed, poorer families whose kids have Trisomy 18 aren’t able to get the same care as the Santorums.
Councilman Jim Kenney has introduced something called Neighborhood Improvement Zones for the city. He says it will create “streetscape improvements, lighting, advertising, cleaning” but without raising taxes. We’ll believe it when we see it.
Twenty-three-year-old Jorge Aldea was arrested Friday in New York City for the killing of 22-year-old Luis Chevere last fall in West Kensington.
Steve Welch has won the state GOP endorsement to face Sen. Bob Casey in November.