In Philly, Evictions and De-Evictions

In Philadelphia this week, protesters and community members working with Occupy Philly re-entered and occupied the home of Florence Mason, a black woman whose family had been brutalized and evicted by police, after Mason filed complaints about the slumlord who was bleeding her building and skimping on repairs. A crowd of people de-evicted Ms. Mason, documented the conditions of the building, and held a rally and press conference on her front porch.

We have posted video and photos from the event below. An audio recording of the press conference is also available, and the event received some coverage in the mainstream media.

Later that same night, cops cleared the Occupy Philly encampment under the orders of Mayor Michael Nutter. After the initial raid, demonstrators vied with police for control of the streets, before eventually being met with mounted police. Many videos and accounts of the raid are available on the Occupy Philly website, and in the mainstream media coverage.