1. Occupy Philly was told to leave immediately.
MIXED: The official notice from the City of Philadelphia states the following:
"Be advised that the Permit for Demonstration on City Property issued by the City of Philadelphia effective 10/6/11 expires at the start of the Dilworth Plaza construction project. This project’s commencement is imminent. Accordingly, you should take this opportunity to vacate Dilworth Plaza and remove all of your personal belongings immediately."
At the same time, this was NOT a formal notice of eviction. The city claims its just a friendly statement.
2. Occupy Philly is getting raided tonight or tomorrow!
FALSE: The City of Philadelphia, willing to speak on the record, maDE the statement that was repeated to the General Assembly (GA) tonight that there are no plans to evict Occupy Philly within the next 48 hours. That 48 hours lasts until Friday Night around 7PM.
3. This eviction is part of a coordinated effort between mayors and the FBI.
PLAUSIBLE: Mayor Nutter, who has changed his tone since getting re-elected, stated that while he is the Vice President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, said he did not work with the Mayor of Oakland and 17 other mayors to crackdown and evict the occupations across the country. At the same time, a news article stating that the FBI and Homeland Security worked with local law officials in various cities to evict them.
4. Occupy Philly will not move!
MIXED: Occupy Philly has stated time and time again that they ARE willing to move, but only once basic questions are answered, such as if they're allowed to have tents at the new spot (Thomas Paine Plaza is most likely it) and what resources will be available. Some people have said they want to stay, and the Occupation is fine with that. At the same time, that's a very small minority and does not speak for the vast majority who are OK with moving. It isn't about the location; its about the message.
5. Occupy Philly has not been working with the City of Philadelphia!
FALSE: I can't stress this one enough! The legal team has been working with the city, and a working group known as Reasonable Solutions has been talking to the city as well and trying to help fix the situation. At the same time, because there is no one person in charge, it is confusing for the City of Philadelphia to talk to the Occupation. Despite that, its safe to say that Mayor Nutter or Deputy Mayor Nagin saying no one is willing to talk to them is just a flat our LIE.
6. Occupy Philly's permit expires when construction begins!
TRUE: Despite the fact the people in Occupy Philly's General Assembly voted on the permit only if there was no end date, NO ONE who voted on it was told we would have to leave once construction began. In fact, it wasn't even brought up.
7. You guys are just looking for a confrontation!
FALSE: The vast majority of people at Occupy Philly are not looking for any sort of confrontation outside of civil debate. The idea of a "show-down" is not something the vast majority wants, and instead we would rather handle this as civilly as possible. The City of Philadelphia and the media are lying to you when they say that's Occupy Philly wants anything else.
So, lets just state what we know:
There is NO EVICTION scheduled! At best, we know nothing will happen until Friday Evening. The City of Philadelphia stated it would not try to evict or forcibly remove anyone within 48 hours of the notice.