- Temple University Josh Luther.
DSA arrestees at Occupy Philly
Early on Wednesday, November 30th, around 1:00 am, the Philadelphia Police Department raided Occupy Philadelphia. Many Temple Democratic Socialists members and Temple allies rushed to City Hall to aid the occupiers. Several were "caught up in the middle of the ensuing police brutality and waves of arrests". Five TDS members were arrested along with several other comrades from allied Temple organizations and brought to jail. No Miranda rights were read, and many were in areas that the police indicated would not warrant arrests. They waited in the police vans for up to two hours before being brought to jail, where they were separated and denied phone calls. They were all released about twelve hours after arriving.
Wednesday afternoon, an ally group staged a rally and sit-in in a campus PNC bank to protest the Board of Trustee's flat-out denial to activist requests to speak to the Board about Temple and PNC's financial connections to Mountain Top Removal coal mining practices in Appalachia. While protestors sang "Solidarity Forever" and chanted outside the bank, three activists staged a sit-in inside the bank, and were removed quietly by the police after about an hour. They were sneaked out the back entrance of the bank into police cars and taken to jail. One TDS member described the following 20 hours in jail as "completely dehumanizing." Each of them was greeted by a mixture of TDS and Occupy Philly "jail solidarity" crews upon their release.