Posts Tagged ‘Occupy Philly’

DAILY GRINDER: West Philly Pre-Teens Accused of Attempted Rape

Three West Philly 10 and 11 year-olds turned themselves into the Philadelphia Special Victims Unit on Tuesday, and are charged with attempted rape and sexual assault. The three allegedly attacked a boy in a Bryant Elementary School. The alleged victim was an 8-year-old. New rule: If you want to be a bouncer in Philadelphia, you may need to get trained and licensed...

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A View from Inside the Overnight Raid and Arrests of Occupy Philly

A View from Inside the Overnight Raid and Arrests of Occupy Philly

Image: Matt Petrillo Around 11 p.m., Fox 29 sent out a Tweet saying a police sweep of Occupy Philly’s Dilworth Plaza space was “imminent.” That made sense. One night earlier I’d asked two police officers if it was worth staying at Dilworth for the night. “Are you guys going to break this up tonight or what?” One told me they wouldn’t know until...

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DAILY GRINDER: Some Occupy Homeless Move to Port Richmond

There’s a story in the Daily News this morning all about how homeless advocate Dennis Payne “commandeered” the move of about 20 tents to an park encampment east of Richmond Street, north of Cumberland, along the Delaware River. Payne is calling it Liberty One and says it’s only for the homeless, many of whom left Occupy Philly Sunday night to live there. Numbers...

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Occupy Philly’s Conversation Moves to Post-Dilworth

Occupy Philly’s Conversation Moves to Post-Dilworth

The main point of conversation at tonight’s General Assembly was what we’ll call “After Occupy.” Demonstrators seemed mostly concerned with what happens as soon as what most believe is an inevitable police sweep-through of Dilworth Plaza, whether it happens tonight or tomorrow or next week. Police presence had died down some since earlier today, as had...

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One Day After City Deadline, Occupy Philly Ready For Decampment

One Day After City Deadline, Occupy Philly Ready For Decampment

During a 4:15 p.m. mic check at Occupy Philly’s steadily softening encampment, a demonstrator called for those at Dilworth Plaza to let your friends know now is as good a time as ever to come down. “The worst that happens is nothing,” it was said, and at least everyone would be with their friends. About 50 people lingered, many of whom spoke privately about...

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DAILY GRINDER: All’s Quiet at Dilworth Plaza

Good morning PhillyNow readers — I hope you had a tolerable-to-great short Thanksgiving “vacation.” In case you missed it, we were back in full swing yesterday as the Occupy protests hit their 5 p.m. deadline and then, all the sudden…not much happened. At least not immediately. Earlier, around 1 p.m., a press conference was held regarding...

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Scenes from Occupy Philly on Eviction Day

Scenes from Occupy Philly on Eviction Day

If you’re curious about what’s happening at Dilworth Plaza right now, check out these photos from PW staffer Michael Alan Goldberg. Hundreds of Occupiers are protesting their eviction, which was supposed to happen at 5 this evening. There aren’t a whole lot of cops right now, but we suspect that the city will strike when the buzz dies ...

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‘This Occupation Will Only Increase’: Occupy Philly Press Conference Before Eviction

‘This Occupation Will Only Increase’: Occupy Philly Press Conference Before Eviction

Members of Occupy Philly held a press conference around 1 p.m. today in regards to the 5 p.m. deadline the city gave them to vacate Dilworth Plaza. Throughout the event, speakers, including working group members, union leaders and others, emphasized that whatever happens, the movement will not die and will only become emboldened. “We expect the city to evict...

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Are Menacing Posts on Occupy Philly’s Facebook Page from a Philly Cop?

Are Menacing Posts on Occupy Philly’s Facebook Page from a Philly Cop?

This message was posted and deleted Saturday night. 5:00pm Sunday is the deadline for Occupy protesters to clear off Dilworth Plaza. Someone going by the name of Mike Sidebotham—whose profile indicates he is a Philadelphia police officer—posted a menacing message to the Occupy Philadelphia facebook page Saturday evening. He posted the notorious photo...

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Occupy Philly Plans For Eviction, Encourages Mass Participation

Occupy Philly Plans For Eviction, Encourages Mass Participation

Occupy Philly has until 5 p.m. today to vacate Dilworth Plaza. As you’ve been reading in PW, that’s only likely for some participants. And there’s been little to no talk from the city on what to do with the homeless population. Last time I talked to a homeless resident about this very idea, he asked if it had suddenly become illegal to become homeless—“and...

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