By this time tomorrow, Occupy Philly/Occupy Philadelphia should/will be in full/whatever force in City Hall/Love Park/protesters' minds. So, marriage license-seekers and Guapo's Tacos eaters, consider yourselves warned.
I wish I knew what, specifically, these folks want, besides publicity and taking the Occupy Wall Street camp-in national. If it's corporate greed and executive excess they're ticked off at (for good reason), why not occupy the stock exchange, a Fortune 500 company, a luxury car dealership or a country club? Why disrupt business in City Hall, filled with patronage workers who make chump change in comparison and homeless people seeking a clean bathroom and guidance from City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell?
Having covered many a MOVE rally and demonstrations during the 2000 Republican National Convention, I get understandably wary of mass gatherings with catchy chants but vaguely stated goals. And in the interest of clarity, I should admit I lost respect for GOP protesters who complained, after getting arrested, that Philly jails didn't serve vegan meals.
According to today's Daily News, which covered the planning meeting of 1,000 activists, Occupy Philly begins Thursday at 9 a.m. sharp. As for an ending date? These folks plan to stay for the long haul.
This being an economy-driven demonstration, I have but one prediction: Business will boom at I Goldberg on Chestnut Street. Why? Protesters are being urged to bring tents and where else can you buy camping gear nearby?
-- Monica Yant Kinney
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