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Metamorphosis Time for Occupy Wall Street; Witnessing the Eviction of Occupy Philly

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I witnessed the waning of Occupy Philly's encampment, but also saw what looks to me like a pattern of energy and development that suggests that occupy evictions will lead to a Metamorphosis of the Occupy Movement to something that not only walks but flies, that is more beautiful, more powerful than anything we have seen so far.

Celebratory Dancing and singing at Occupy Philly in anticipation to eviction photo by rob kall

Video of Dancing and Celebration at Occupy Philly

I spent 11 hours at Occupy Philly last night, from 6:00 PM through 5:00 PM, staying in solidarity as a journalist, with OEN colleague Cheryl Biren,  there to report the threatened eviction of the occupiers from the occupied territory at Dilworth Plaza, at the foot of Philly's city hall. 

I've been to the Occupy Philly encampment many times, to donate food or clothing, to interview members of different working groups, and sometimes just to be there and soak in the vibes of courageous, mostly young people, mostly out of work, participating in the embryonic emergence of a revolutionary new movement. 

Last night, things were very different. The place felt and looked like a ghost town as I walked through the now familiar "neighborhoods" of this occupy village. 

people packed, moving and remnants of a tent on the right photo by rob kall

Fairly confident that the police would not move into action at the 5 PM time when the permit for Occupy Philly expired, I arrived at 6 PM.  A quick walk around the circumference of Occupy Philly revealed that many, many tents, large and small had already been removed. The biggest resource tents were gone, assumedly with supplies and food. 

Not all the Occupy Philly folk were dancing. Some built a fortress from wood pallettes photo by rob kall

and stayed within them.  photo by rob kall

When I first arrived, there were about 300 people, in a large crowd, at the front of the Plaza. There were more police than usual-- plain-clothes and uniformed. There were also a slew  of local news vans, the ones with the big antennas on the top. 

I'd headed down to Occupy Philly with the intention to cover what was happening as a journalist, but knowing that across the US, journalists have been arrested along with the protesters and occupiers they were covering. So I stopped on the way at an automatic teller machine and withdrew $200, in case I needed bail. You never know. 

Once I arrived and started finding and talking with the people I'd met, interviewed on my radio station and hung with, it seemed pretty clear that the police were expected to wait out the occupiers and wait for attrition to wear them down. It was working. Already, many of the homeless occupiers had moved to Port Richmond. The number of tents on the plaza was already way down. By midnight, there were about 100 people grouped together on the steps where those who were going to resist eviction had resolved to stay. The food working group was handing out all kinds of food and beverages. The safety and medic working groups were there in strong numbers.  People were singing, playing drums, literally celebrating. 

Food working group sends food to a newly developing encampment for the homeless. photo by rob kall

A contingent of supporting occupiers from Occupy Wall Street, Zucotti Park New York joined the crowd and started dancing, playing drums and singing, really raising the energy of the group. They exultantly spoke of how beautiful it was, that Occupy Philly could go out celebrating, dancing and that they hadn't had a chance to do that at Zuccotti Park. 

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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I'm reminded of Gandalf's challenge: This Shall No... by Don Smith on Monday, Nov 28, 2011 at 5:29:21 PM
When I see people writing about or hear them talki... by Rob Kall on Monday, Nov 28, 2011 at 6:59:06 PM
And I think you may be right. Occupy isn't broken... by Paul Repstock on Monday, Nov 28, 2011 at 9:01:43 PM
It's the corporate duopoly, which mostly responds ... by David McCorquodale on Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011 at 7:29:35 AM
Please see blackboxvoting.org. As well as several... by Jill Herendeen on Thursday, Dec 1, 2011 at 8:10:12 AM
Great job Rob. You know I'm sparse with my accolad... by Timothy Gatto on Monday, Nov 28, 2011 at 7:01:42 PM
Screw us and we multiply.... wink ;-)... by Rixar13 on Monday, Nov 28, 2011 at 8:26:40 PM
Screw us and we multiply.... wink ;-)... by Rixar13 on Monday, Nov 28, 2011 at 8:29:28 PM
As one who may be the second oldest Occupy activis... by M.I. Lee on Monday, Nov 28, 2011 at 8:39:18 PM
Hi Rob,Really nice article and I LOVE about the bu... by Sheila Parks on Monday, Nov 28, 2011 at 9:15:33 PM
is what is called the "butterfly effect" in chaos ... by John Sanchez Jr. on Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011 at 7:03:39 AM
I'm told many of the OWS folks are doing the same.... by Michael Shaw on Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011 at 1:48:14 AM
The 99 percenters are being screwed, disavowed, be... by Luis Magno on Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011 at 4:10:01 AM
a new approach put down your signs it's ti... by tim mcghie on Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011 at 8:12:59 AM