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.
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Friday Day 38
11/11/11 Much anxiety—hostility—mistrust. Tonight, decide on the proposal to stay on Dilworth Plaza, and expand to Thomas Paine—to make proposals & demand (demand what? … undefined)
[Somewhere around this time, woulda been better making plans to disband… consolidate around the solid working groups, Food, Direct Action—to go their own way but keep in touch. A web of collective houses? Thinking, Hakim Bey—Pirate Utopias]
For the OccTogether… want to make the welcome—tone setting [for all the good that did]
Fear—not authorities—destroys us.
Mistrust among ourselves is source of the fear.
Search for common ground—for what we can agree to do together.
No ONE can do—just as no one or group can tell us what we need or want.
Must discover TOGETHER –Each one who speaks—hold that in mind.
Mic Check… I believe we can do this.
We passed the proposal—took 3 hours… endless fucking ‘concerns’ – the Media tent chantingFUCK THE GA FUCK THE GA
Close to (?) More than (?) 400 at the beginning of the GA—-most since the Oct 4 at Arch Street Methodist—more than 200 at the end. Proposal—to STAY at Dilworth (no move, no expansion), with statement & demands (to be decided). Amendment (eliminated Thomas Paine expansion), to initiate non-violence training for all, every day. Prepare for eviction. Overcame the “Permit fetish” –begging for permission from the surrogate Daddy in City Hall… it works. Trusting in the people.
Moving with permission would mean declaring that those who choose to stay are not considered part of OP—and denying them support. Unacceptable!