On Friday, Occupy Philadelphia led the hugely successful and energizing “1% Rally to Rittenhouse” down Walnut St and around Rittenhouse Square. There were hundreds in our streets, with more joining every block and applause from the bars.
The 1% Rally to Rittenhouse focused on corporate accountability and fairness. It had a clear message, conceived, researched and written largely by Bri, a valedictorian grad of Moore College of Art & Design. Bri went to meetings late into the night, researched her facts, met with experts, wrote her rallying cries and wielded a mean megaphone.
Others were right there with her. They made artwork, handed out flyers, and echoed chants. They knew the issues. They know this country needs to wake up, and with their support, they are doing their part!
This is true patriotism.
Yet, the media obsessed with polls about whether Occupy should stay or go. They’ve also had some soft, nice stories about the Friends Center’s help—which is, of course, great—but it concerns me that our mainstream media is turning a blind eye to the real story.
Why is false reporting about the cleanliness at Occupy taking precedence over coverage of the issues and the solutions expressed through Occupy’s direct actions? It creates a very false impression that there’s “no message” and no clear goals. That couldn’t be further from the truth.
Although the Occupy movement is organic and unpredictable, these marches don’t just happen. These rallies require young leaders to step up and put their feet, heart, time and sweat where there imaginative and amazing minds lead them.
Ideas are a dime a dozen. Taking ideas and making it real requires hard work and guts. Occupy Philly has some amazing gutsy New Patriots, and you can be sure that they’re the region and the nation’s next generation of fired up activists.
I am proud to know them personally. In fact, Fight for Philly and Occupy Philly have quite a lot in common. We’re both ready to take action. We’ve both got a lot of grit. And we both know that something is not right with the way that Philadelphia works.
You should come meet them as well.
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