that the Boston Police Department had a few undercover officers
embedded in the Occupy Boston First Night operation. Whoever they
sent deep into the heart of last evening's activism would have found
a whole mess of juicy goods to bring back to the Suffolk County
District Attorney's office, which is apparently investigating its
local Occupy outpost.
one, they would have seen a whole bunch of tiny little tents – the
kind that Bank of America called the big guns in to evict off their
lawn last week. The teeny structures were everywhere, as were a whole
bunch of freshly inked t-shirts and bandanas. I'm not sure if free
speech protections apply to apparel, but if they don't, then the
Occupy Boston Screen Print Guild committed countless crimes last
were also a bunch of “sign drops,” in which Occupiers – get
this – hang signs out of windows so that the public can see them.
That plus a peace vigil and a slew of other over-the-top dangerous
gestures – some of which involved cookies – so as to make a
positive impression on a massive crowd that might not know much about
on, while Occupy Wall Street was getting rowdy, their Boston
counterparts engaged in a different sort of spectacle. Starting at 8pm,
the Occupy Boston Women's Caucus projected their “bat signal”
over Copley Square for all to see, delivering signs of solidarity
with activists in other cities, as well as their enduring '99
percent' message, which they're sure to usher into 2012.
middle of it all, I saw something that I think sums up the
attitude that many Occupy Boston folks hope to bring in the new
year. I was speaking with Frank, who ran the food tent down at Dewey
Square, when a young Occupier named Josh approached him. “I just
want to apologize for any shit that might have gone down back at
camp,” said Josh. “Don't even worry about it,” Frank told him.
“All that crap is behind us now.”