sad new book Fire In The Ashes, author Jonathan Kozol
describes the shady side of Manhattan in the 1980s when, in ways not
seen in decades, extravagant financial glut co-existed with abject
poverty. Some of the most shameful slums were hidden in the massive
midtown hotels that rotted years earlier; it was there that New
York's poorest residents lived before being exiled to the
squalor of the South Bronx.
Above: video of aftermath of two kids getting arrested on Dewey Square -- and of Boston Police Officers taunting the protesters. According to OBers in the video, the arrestees were goofing around on a jungle gym. Chris Faraone is on the scene and tweeting live updates. Follow @Fara1
it's rather fitting that Dewey Square looks like a trampled
battlefield today, with just a few dozen tents left among the planks,
cardboard, packed boxes, and rubble. While the park-wide clean-up and
vacate effort kicked off with a bang yesterday – allowing most
Occupy Boston campers and working groups to safely store valuables –
by this afternoon it had slowed to a crawl.
As just reported by David S. Bernstein: "Suffolk
Superior Court Judge Frances McIntyre ruled against Occupy Boston this
afternoon, declining to issue an injunction and lifting the temporary
restraining order that has barred the City of Boston from evicting the
campers from Dewey Square." We dug through the 25-page ruling, and identified some eyebrow-raisers.
Boston Phoenix readers already know MIKE GILL: he shot a fantastic labor-of-love documentary about beloved indie heroes PIEBALD, his music videos have been voted as Best-in-Boston in our annual readers' poll, and he's working on a documentary about legendary Boston impressario BILLY RUANE
It was a great day for Occupy Boston. On the heels of drawing support from Boston labor unions, the Dewey Square ranks swelled to include students from Northeastern who walked out -- and blocked off Atlantic Avenue to traffic, risking arrest. Six busloads of nurses arrived in mid-afternoon to offer the biggest show of outside support for the rally to date.
Photo by Molly Geiger
While they're a long way from defeating American
plutocracy, Occupy Boston has accomplished a great deal in its first week. The
grassroots group's downtown presence inspired not just reporters but columnists from the Boston Globe and Boston Herald to get off their ergonomic chairs and
write from the field - a testament to
just how far into the mainstream Occupy has buzzed since activists hit Wall
Street three weeks ago.
It's 11:30 am on Saturday in the location formerly known as Dewey Square, which
has been, for the past 24 hours, the headquarters of OccupyBoston. It had rained
hard the night before, and now patches of grass between tents on the Rose
Kennedy Greenway have turned to mud puddles; the occupiers have laid down cardboard
walkways to minimize ground damage.
All photos by Ariel Shearer
[Ed note: Our liveblog with Tweets, videos, and photos is here. Follow our correspondent Ariel Shearer on Twitter @arielshearer for real-time updates from #OccupyBoston. This is her account of yesterday's encampment on Dewey Square.
Photo by @LizPelly October 5, 2011
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At this early juncture
it's already safe to say that Occupy Wall Street has succeeded. I'm
not being sarcastic. Yesterday I wrote about the media storm that's
showered their protests from early on, and that's rained down even
harder since the New York Police Department began brutalizing