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Occupy Philly Permit Appeal
  by: Rebel - Havertown, PA
started: 11/23/11 1:01 pm | updated: 11/23/11 1:01 pm
OCCUPY PHILLY voted to appeal a permit application offered by the city. The permit application would bar protesters from camping overnight, and allow them to assemble at Thomas Paine Plaza only between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Members of the Occupy Philly legal collective said the restrictions would change the nature of the movement from an occupation to a demonstration, which would make a big difference in the power behind the group's message.

If Occupy Philly loses its appeal, it could send 75 protesters to the plaza 24 hours a day, since groups of 75 or less don’t need a permit to assemble in a public space.

"An occupation is something that raises awareness; it's a constant flow of energy," Julia Alford-Fowler, of the group's legal collective, said after the group's meeting last night.
The move would leave the homeless population that has joined the occupiers on Dilworth Plaza without a place to stay.

"These people have become our friends. They're part of our community, they're part of our family," Alford-Fowler said, stifling tears in the lobby of the Friends Center, as protesters left the assembly meeting.

Everett Gillison, Mayor Nutter's chief of staff, said on Monday that members of the movement have until 5 p.m. November 23 to declare whether they'll accept the terms of the new permit, which would last until Dec. 20.

Gillison said the city would give members of the movement - and the homeless - who have been living in tents on Dilworth Plaza a two-day warning before evicting them.

He also said a possible eviction wouldn't happen before Thanksgiving, or before work begins on Dilworth's planned $50 million makeover.
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