Rather than taking time this week to celebrate the birth of our nation, "Occupy" protesters in Philadelphia took to the streets in order to lodge complaints against evil banks, big corporations, and any other "man" who's keeping them down. The problem was that only about 60 people showed up, and even they were late due to free ice cream.
So much for the grand "occupy" protest. As noted by Philly.com, only about 60 protesters from "Occupy and ACT UP Philadelphia marched through Center City this afternoon, stopping along the way to shout indictments of banking giants UBS, Wells Fargo and Bank of America."
The march was supposed to begin at 19th and Market streets, where a handful of activists from ACT UP had promised to "storm the stock exchange," but instead held signs and chanted in front of the building. Occupiers had planned to join them, but got tied up when lunch was late at their encampment in Franklin Square. The delay lengthened when a Ben & Jerry's truck arrived at the camp to hand out free ice cream.
The groups merged and began moving, in a mostly orderly fashion, toward City Hall around 4 p.m. and kept chanting all the way back to their camp at Franklin Square. At times there seemed to be almost as many police officers and journalists as there were protesters. But several marchers said they accomplished their goal - broadly, to bring attention to abuses of power and inequality in American society. Of course, each protester had more specific areas of concern.
A look at the group's Facebook page shows that sitting around and doing nothing seems to be one of their main objectives. How about getting up and getting a job?