I recorded this celebration with a Flip video camera as a crowd watched President Obama’s first inauguaration ceremony on a large video screen on Idepedendence Mall in Philadelphia on January 20, 2009.
I checked in on #OccupyPhilly this morning and found it smaller yet still present after yesterday’s eviction deadline. I counted roughly 40 active demonstrators, possibly a similar number of other residents, and slightly more police and old media than usual, but there wasn’t much going on. The veterans section appeared unchanged. Continue reading
Here’s a peek at the morning rush through #OccupyPhilly on this crisp autumn Monday. After finally visiting #OccupyWallStreet this weekend, I have to say that in proportion to the local population, this encampment at Philadelphia City Hall – of which only part is pictured here – is enormously more impressive.
I grabbed these images just after noon Sunday from the Global Revolution live stream.
They appear to show arrests taking place on the street outside the Philadelphia Police Administration Building, consistent with photojournalists Joe Kaczmarek‘s photos of a protest at the same location last night.
I live in Philly, covered the city for many years and can confirm that I saw familiar Philadelphia Police wagons, bicycles and uniforms – and the Police Administration Building – in the video. Police carried some of the demonstrators – who apparently refused to walk to police vans – but both sides seemed generally peaceful, at least as far as I could see via the video.
Now, 90 minutes later, I can’t find any news of the arrests on any Philly old media news sites. Not even a tweet.
Advancing content produced by an active participant in any story requires at least special attention to ethical journalism practices, but what choices so we have when nobody else delivers? Does waiting for police confirmation make any sense when they have been identified as the other party in the conflict? These are very interesting times.