Philadelphia, PA – April 5th,2012 Decarserate PA held a series of marches and rallies beginning at 2:55pm in front of Gov. Corbett's Philadelphia office at 200 South Broad Street. Where they anounced there 3 Point Platform calling on the Governor and the State Legislature to stop building new prisons, reduce the number of incarcerated and reinvest the money saved in communities and the failing school systems.
Twelve years ago, in the aftermath of the “Battle of Seattle" and the resurgence of the antiglobalization movement that followed it, commenting on the lack of participation by activists of color, longtime community activist Elizabeth Betita Martinez wrote an article entitled "Where Was The Color in Seattle: Looking For Reasons Why the Great Battle Was So White". It seems as though that same question can be asked today about the Occupation Movement that while capturing the attention and participation of white activists and people has failed thus far to generate more participation by activists and people of color. Many activists, of all races have asked the question why? Many activists have chosen to ignore it because race, especially in the "post-race America" of President Barak Obama, is always an uncomfortable issue to address and often serves as a stumbling block preventing coalitions around issues that on the surface are agreeable and important to all communities, ethnic groups and races. This is not an article of finger pointing or identifying responsibility for the lack of overall participation of activists and people of color in the Occupation Movement but rather is a primer, hoping to serve as a bridge that will help enlarge the coalition of people and ideas that represents the Occupation Movement. As Occupy Philly recharges itself for new movement in the sphere of protest and civil disobedience I share some thoughts on how more people of color may be added to its ranks and assemblies.
Dr. Layla Abdel-Rahim joins me once more and brings her unique, anti-civilization perspective and analysis to the Treyvon Martin and Anna Brown tragedies. She gets to what’s at the root of the persistent racism, prejudice, and white supremacy that unfortunately still reign over our society.
Bridesberg, PA Thursday March 29th, 2012, in response to the city's promise to evict and bulldoze the encampment hidden approximately 75 yards in the woods off of 4301 North Delaware Avenue, the Occupiers pulled what they termed a “Houdini,” by Harvey Lockridge.
After the Occupiers in Bridesberg returned from an outing to McDonald's for dinner, to meet up with members of the Interfaith working group of Occupy Philly and members of Occupy Kensington and to charge their electronics they began packing up their personal belongings.