You Can Have Your Playground When You/We Fix Our City!
Occupy Philly sits in the way of a $50 million development that will turn Dilworth Plaza, currently public space where homeless people live and share free food, into a privatized ice-skating rink and cafe: a playground for tourists and those with cash. We’d rather use that $50 million for homes, lasting jobs, education, health care, gardens, and other community-controlled efforts to rebuild our city.
** What would YOU do to fix our city with $50 million? **
The city has hinted that renovations may start around November 15, meaning that Occupy Philly and the many people living there will have to leave. We would like to take this moment of tension as an opportunity to highlight the unjust allocation of resources in Philadelphia and the hard work that organizers have already been doing to rebuild our communities. How to respond to the city’s demand that we make way for this “playground for the rich” is an ongoing debate in which we welcome your voice.
Occupy Philly’s new and dynamic energy has inspired us to try out an interactive discussion workshop style!
Here’s the plan for Sunday:
Introductions from community activist groups lasting 3-5 minutes each, with one or all of the following 3 questions in mind:
-How could $50 million in tax money be spent to meet people’s needs?
-What are some issues that we could pressure the city to change that aren’t necessarily related to spending?
-What can we do (or already are doing) to meet people’s needs right now without waiting for money or approval from the city government?
Next, we will break up into groups to discuss these 3 questions, and then come back together to share what we talked about.