like today's march on General Electric and other ruthless tax-dodgers
remind me of why money-grubbing conservatives hate community
organizers so much. Because without nearly 1000 heads waving signs to
inform people about the Fortune 500 behemoths that screw us, these
companies would simply weave through loopholes unnoticed.
as evictions go, it was quite a strange scene at Camp Charlie this
around 8:30pm on Monday night, authorities showed up at the
Massachusetts Statehouse, where Occupy Boston has been camped since
April 4 in protest of the legislature's failure to seriously address
mass transit issues.
Readers of the Phoenix don't need to be told that CHRIS FARAONE has got #Occupy coverage on lock -- you've been reading his dispatches from #OccupyBoston (and Wall Street, Florida too many more to list . . . ) since the beginning of the movement. Still, we wanted to point out that we're not the only ones who think Faraone's shit is awesome.
the points that was made over and over again by those protesting MBTA
fare hikes (and Mass transit funding issues in general) yesterday was that this
fight isn't new. It's been roaring for decades, and just seems to
have grown extremely loud and and in-your-face over the past few
today, though, activists have extended their message into the
future, stressing that the war's not over.
turns out, the forces conspiring against MBTA fare hikes and service
cuts weren't joking. They didn't quite turn out a Wisconsin-sized
Statehouse occupation as planned, but much hell was raised, and they
even got a snap out of a Beacon Hill power player. Here's how it went
down, or at least how I saw things unfold .
elderly Red Line rider explained at today's public MBTA hearing at
the Mass Transportation Building: the fight for rider's rights isn't
a new one. The commonwealth has been down these tracks before, and
the past few months have been no exception. As generally happens when
lifelines get cut, the latest war over transit has evolved into a
least one group of protest fans expects Occupy to stage a significant
Spring comeback. The gushing observers were out in force yesterday,
tailing rally-goers on a march through downtown and Faneuil Hall.
Sure, Boston police have shown appreciation for Occupy before. But it
was still impressive to see so many of them dedicate their whole
Sunday to the cause, and to playing along with their very own April
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
of all, I want to say that everyone feels just awful about the polite
woman who lives in Harbor Towers, and who had to sit in traffic for a
full half-hour one day last Fall on account of Occupy Boston marching
down Atlantic Ave. In a way, she's a bold representation of all the
apathetic martyrs who've been inconvenienced by the countless people
who are standing up for jobs and civil rights.
small and somber group of about 25 activists gathered in the shadow
of the Hancock Tower today for a funeral on Copley Square. Dressed in
all-black, satirical grief filling their faces, the mourners –
representing MassUniting and likeminded progressive fronts – came
to sink a casket for the countless jobs that cease to exist as a
result of Hancock tenant Bain Capital's outrageously greedy practices.
Today I find myself in the frustrating position of having to urgently explain the term "rape culture" to two members of the mainstream media, in response to two isolated articles that desperately misunderstand 1_ the extent to which rape and sexual violence continue to prevail throughout the world at large, 2_ the ways that said sexual violence epidemic is normalized by the media today.
latest theater in the war against MBTA fare hikes and service cuts
opened Monday with a bang on every corner of the train map. Occupy
Somerville forces rallied in Davis Square. Their Jamaica Plain and
Dorchester counterparts gathered at Forest Hills and Fields Corner,
respectively, to sound alarms about troubling proposals.
who met in Dewey Square this afternoon had one thing in common –
whether they're an activist with MassUniting, a member of Occupy
Boston, or one of the police officers assigned to chaperone today's
protest. They all paid a lot more taxes than General Electric last
the group of roughly 100 pissed off people poured across Atlantic
Avenue, and marched one block from Dewey to GE's Boston offices on
returned to Washington, DC, for the start of a new congressional
session on Tuesday, January 17, hundreds of Occupy protesters from around the
country convened on the lawn of the US Capitol. The event marked the Occupy
movement's first major national action of 2012 - and the four-month anniversary
of the day Wall Street first became occupied.
Wired reports that Homeland Security agents recently contacted a member of Occupy Boston to discuss one of the stranger incidents from OB's tenure in Dewey Square.
As first reported by the Phoenix's Chris Faraone, in the bleary early-morning hours of December 10 -- just an hour or so before Boston Police raided the Dewey Square tent city, ending the longest-running #OWS encampment in the country -- an unidentified man either smacked or punched Robin Jacks in the face, grabbed her iPhone, and took off.