The kitchen, where the occupiers produce meals. In a bemused, snobbish piece, the NY Times reported that "Sympathizers from other states have been calling local shops and pizza parlors and, using their credit cards, ordering food to be delivered to the park." Later on, coverage from the paper became more respectful.

And no *Sigh*, not everyone has gotten the memo to cover the OWS more respectfully. Newswoman Erin Burnett absolutely drips with contempt for the one person she interviewed for her piece on the occupation. The blogger Digby also notes that OWS is pretty much the exact, opposite, mirror-image of the Tea Party. The two group are dedicated to goals that are very close to being on precisely the opposite sides of the fence.

Very highly organized, but clearly an organic, locally-organized movement.

I liked the way the occupiers dealt with not being able to use loudspeakers or bullhorns. The economist Joseph Stiglitz came to visit and to speak "In a brief speech amplified by an 'echo chamber' of protesters (who shouted Stiglitz’s own words as a group because they’re banned from using megaphones),..." Stiglitz was taken aback by this, but rapidly adjusted his speaking style to fit his circumstances. BTW, a truly respectful newsperson would have made sure to have interviewed someone like Stiglitz, who the occupiers clearly agreed with, as opposed to just some random Joe or Tom. Just sayin'.

A chorus of children were speaking as a group earlier. Here, one of the speakers munches on an ice cream cone. Her sign says: "We believe in LOVE".

impromptu concert
One of many impromptu concerts that took place while I was there. Video of another performance.

Pleasant sing-along with the busy normal city in the background.

I was just about to leave when this march began. About 100 or so people took off at noon.

They proceeded in a group along the sidewalk. Oh, andthe people of Philadelphia are planning their own Occupation.

And of course, the marchers are escorted by plenty of New York's finest!