ED RENDELL, the former Pennsylvania Governor and current Philadelphia Daily News sports columnist, is a visiting fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics this semester, and the IOP was scheduled a while back to do an evening-with him. But with public interest over the Occupy movement growing, the Kennedy School put together WE ARE THE 99 PERCENT: FROM FRUSTRATION TO OCCUPATION, a quick panel that also featured '60s organizer (and HKS lecturer) MARSHALL GANZ, Columbia Journalism School bigwig, poet, and '60s organizer TODD GITLIN, and VANESSA WILLIAMSON, co-author of a book about the Tea Party.
Q: You just left OccupyBoston.
All photos by Leah Filler (@LeFill)Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick unexpectedly visited #OccupyBoston's camp at Dewey Square this morning. According to the Twitter accounts of protesters on the scene, Governor Patrick visited unexpectedly on his own accord to avoid media attention.
It looks like some puzzle pieces are clicking into place at Occupy Boston. Ever since returning from my road trip to five other occupied cities, I've been impressed by not just the group's internal organization, but also by their tactful coordination with sympathetic entities.
>> PHOTOS: Occupy Boston's march on October 13, 2011 <<
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
In this week's Boston Phoenix, we continue our ongoing coverage of #OccupyBoston with three stories.
OCCUPY AMERICA: In this week's editorial, we strongly suggest that the city find a way to accomodate the growing movement on Dewey Square -- and also urge that the movement's friends in organized labor (who will be showing up in force tomorrow) find a way to broker a deal with the city.
The AFL-CIO, the Greater Boston Labor Council, and other labor groups are headed to Dewey Square tomorrow to show their support for the Occupants.
At 10 am, incoming Massachusetts AFL-CIO president -- and Massachusetts State Senator -- Steven A. Tolman will visit Occupy Boston "as part of a national week of action calling for long-awaited and desperately-needed jobs for middle class workers," according to the group.
20 MORE PHOTOS: Police Arrest over 140 #OccupyBoston Protesters
1. The media department of OccupyBoston provided us with a minute-long reel of video footage (below) evidently shot from within the Greenway as the police moved in to break up the encampment. We're presenting it as-is -- the provenance of the material is unclear to us, although we believe it to have been shot and edited by OccupyBoston volunteers.
As #OccupyBoston gets ready for its first post-showdown General Assembly, we're posting links to the best photos we've found from last night. Our photographer DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN was in the thick of it when the Boston Police moved in to clear the Occupants from Camp No. 2 this morning. We've now posted 20 of his photos here
We'll have more in the morning. If you want the full story, we'll point you to our Twitter feed, where we've been covering #OccupyBoston -- and the Boston Police crackdown that sent at least 100 to city jails early Tuesday morning -- in real time, from our cell phones. Many thanks to the countless Twitter followers who helped by supplying information from the ground, photos, videos, and reporting.
Photos by @LizPelly via bostonphoenix.tumblr.com and by @ArielShearer
In its second weekend, the ranks of #OccupyBoston swelled with students, anarchists, and members of the Iron Workers union for an afternoon of direct action that included a march through downtown Boston and culminated in a voluminous rally at the Federal Reserve, just across the street from Dewey Square.
First and foremost, I'd like to salute the
women of the Washington DC Hooters for being an outstanding pack of hotties and
some fine hosts whose grasp of politics is as firm as their titanic breasts.
"I keep looking up and expecting to see snipers," she joked. As reported here first yesterday, AMANDA PALMER arrived at Occupy Boston yesteday afternoon dressed like an anarchist field general for a ninja gig on Dewey Square. After urging her fellow Boston musicians to join the Occupation -- and to bring their fans -- she played a short set that included Neutral Milk Hotel's "Two Headed Boy" (in homage to Jeff Mangum's serenading of #OccupyWallStreet), Rebecca Black's "Friday," and the olde English protest-folk "The World Turned Upside Down."
Over on the Phoenix's Talking Politics blog, I present some thoughts about the Occupy movement -- and how, whether either side wants to believe it, this movement is very similar to the early Tea Party protests. You can read it here.
Just got an email from Amanda Palmer confirming that she'll be heading down to OccupyBoston today at 4 pm to perform a ninja ukulele gig. That is all.