Occupy Philly vs. Romney

Posted: November 04, 2011

Members of Occupy Philly are outside the Rittenhouse Hotel in Center City, chanting "Where is Romney?," protesting Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's appearance late this afternoon at a fund-raiser for his campaign.

The Romney event is being hosted by prominent attorney Charles Kopp of the politically wired Philadelphia law firm, Cozen O'Connor.

While protestors had marched around the block to the 20th Street garage entrance to the hotel, Romney walked through Rittenhouse Square late this afternoon and went into the hotel through the front entrance.

The protestors were on the other side of the building.

Activists from Fight for Philly marched with Occupy Philly from their encampment at Dilworth Plaza this afternoon. Representatives from leftward-leaning organizations MoveOn.org, Keystone Progress and Americans United for Change were expected to join them in a protest outside.

Protesters are holding mock campaign signs bearing the message "Greed is Good" and "Romney-Gekko 2012" in reference to the 1987 movie Wall Street and its avaricious protagonist.

Douglas Massidda, 52, a member of Occupy Philly, said the protesters will "try to bother Mitt Romney and all his rich friends."

Jamie Mondics, a spokeswoman for Keystone Progress, said activists need to voice their opposition to the role of money in politics. She said the event was organized beginning Thursday.

"The fact that we were able to pull this off so quickly says a lot about how passionate people are here in Pennsylvania about tax cuts for the rich and corporate greed," Mondics said.

There are 200 protesters outside the Rittenhouse Hotel.

There is a moderate police presence, about 30 officers, outside the Rittenhouse but they are removed from the protestors and are blocking access to the hotel.


Contact Inquirer staff writer Reity O'Brien at reobrien@phillynews.com or 215-854-2917.

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