Occupy Philly - An Interview with Occupy Protesters
As our blog readers know, we have been keeping up with the Occupy Philly movement. We are thrilled that the movement is raising awareness across the country and even nationally in regards to the state of the economy, the lack of jobs, government bailouts and the list goes on and on. To hear directly from Occupy folks themselves, I interviewed Derek and Natalie at City Hall to get their views and opinions. It sounds like they are here to stay for as long as it takes!
Moving forward, if the Occupy movement goes into Christmas, the City of Philadelphia will have some tough choices:
1. How will they continue to fund the police presence?
2. How will they politely move the Occupy folks if they want to begin construction for an ice skating rink?
In addition, with the unfortunate reality that "the demands" will not be met quickly or maybe not be met at all, how long will these protesters be camping out? The risk I see is that the Occupy movement is going after so many topics (curfew, police brutality) that the overall message will be diluted. And when the faceless movement at some point has leaders going in so many directions, credibility can be lost in an instant, especially as soon as the past of some of those folks are identified. It will be interesting how this plays out.
In the meantime, I say thank you to the Occupy folks for raising the awareness around the country and to Derek and Natalie for doing this interview!
What are your thoughts?