55 Days of Occupy Philly: days 5-7

I will be posting these for each of the 55 days of Occupy Philly on Dilworth Plaza, from October 6, 2011 to November 30, the night of our eviction.

To view all posts to date, click:  55 Days of Occupy Philly.

10/10 Day 5
96 tents last night. Encampment still clean and orderly.


6:00 PM Day 6
Clouds closing over.
Facilitators meeting (went to training at 4:00). Blanket stolen yesterday—discovered when I went to my matt to sleep.

horns and chants

Process unchanged.


Wednesday Day 7
Leave for KWH in 5 min. Jerome Rothenberg. Took late evening & ½ dy off for R&R. Facilitated Porta Potty proposal at GA last day.
Slept till 7:30 this morning.
Straightened & organized writing space & computer table. Working out schedule to give time to read and write.
Lucky 13
10:00 PM – one glass of wine—try to get up at 5:00 AM—gonna be a long day. Maybe not. I’m really tired & the food group seems to be managing. Gil worked for a while there today. I bottom-lined the GA. Light rain at first—when it began to come down hard we moved to the Friend’s Center. Met in the 1515 Cherry Street Meeting house.

Jerome Rothenberg looks so stern in his photos—a dear sweet man in person. Began the reading with a soda-can-rattle—chanting an Amer-Indian song.
10/13/11 One week

	Glass towers lost in fog
… searching for facilitation
so many cops today
red arm bands announce
civility(?)      Affairs 
            of state 
            bear arms
A quarter to 12 (noon not midnight)
and still no 
                       no final word
                           no end in sight

7:55 PM
Temple Center City.. poetry. (across 15th Street) I left the GA early—a contentious issue coming up on the agenda. I’ll have to find out what happened tomorrow. I can’t find words for how tired I am. While waiting for the facilitation meeting, I lay down on one of the wet marble benches—on my back, and fell asleep almost as soon as I closed my eyes. Hallucinate half-dreams. Poetry. I needed a break—not sure I can stay awake.

After the reading I went back across the street. They were only beginning to vote on the response to the City’s second ‘liaison’ proposal – 7 amendments. Three hour GA, not over till 10:00


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