Occupy movement

Occupy Wall Street began Sept. 17 in New York’s financial center as a reaction against social and economic inequalities, spreading throughout the nation and the world. One instance of the movement is Occupy Philadelphia, which began Oct. 6 at City Hall and has seen some involvement from Penn students and faculty. Occupy Philadelphia protesters have set up a tent village in Dilworth Plaza and plan to camp out indefinitely, despite preexisting construction plans that would require protesters to move.

Demonstrators marched to Huntsman Hall on Friday, Oct. 21 in the form of Occupy Eric Cantor. Cantor, the House Majority Leader, canceled his appearance at a Wharton Leadership Lecture on Oct. 21, but protesters still flocked to campus, even storming into Huntsman before security escorted them out. A separate group, OccupyPenn, has also formed, holding teach-ins and other events around campus.

Mayor Michael Nutter announced that Philadelphia would change its previously accommodating stance toward Occupy Philadelphia after a woman reported being raped on Nov. 12. “We’re re-evaluating our entire relationship,” Nutter told the press.

In New York, police entered Occupy Wall Street’s Zuccotti Park site in the early morning of Nov. 15, using zip-tie handcuffs, spraying fire extinguishers and evacuating the 100 or so protesters present. Police announced that “the city [had] determined that the continued occupation of Zuccotti Park poses an increasing health and fire safety hazard.”

In the early morning of Nov. 30 — three days after an eviction deadline set by Mayor and 1976 Wharton graduate Michael Nutter — police cleared Center City’s Dilworth Plaza, where Occupy Philadelphia protesters have been encamped for two months. Four Penn students and a professor were among the 52 arrested in protesters’ ensuing march around Center City.

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School of Social Policy and Practice professor Toorjo Ghose addresses the media after being released from jail on Nov. 30. Read more »

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A protester yells into a megaphone outside Huntsman Hall after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor cancelled a planned lecture on Oct. 21. Read more »


Into November

Video: Students react to Occupy Philadelphia raid
Photos: OccupyPenn teach-in
Photos: Occupy Philly protests Romney fundraiser

‘Occupy Eric Cantor’

Video recap of ‘Occupy Eric Cantor’
62 photos of the protest at Penn
Video: Protesters storm Huntsman Hall
Online reactions to Cantor’s cancellation

The early stages

Video: What do students think of the movement?
Video: Protesters’ takes on what Occupy Philly is about
Map: Occupy Philly camp
88 photos of the first day of occupation
Tweets from around Occupy Philadelphia