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.
Photo via the Occupy Colleges Facebook page.Northeastern University students will leave classes tomorrow at noon for a public demonstration supporting the #OccupyBoston movement. Northeastern students -- who plan to gather at the Cetennial Common -- are joining students from UMass Amherst, NYU, Syracuse, UCLA, Duke, and at least 25 other colleges nationwide in a massive #OccupyColleges walk-out
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.
Up until a decade ago, I'm guessing that reporters got to see one major movement in their lifetime. Maybe two or three if they were R.W. Apple, or some other red-nosed journo stalwart with longevity. But in my mere half score of covering pols and pimps, contractors and detractors, whores and wars, I've already witnessed a number of full-blown culture spats, each with a cast of characters worthy of their own trading cards.
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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It's no coincidence that two of the biggest and most amplified anti-bank actions on record are taking place today in Boston. Actually it is a bit strange considering that the two demonstrations – Right to the City's massive afternoon march, and Occupy Boston's hardcore evening habitation – share no organizational ties whatsoever.
As chronicled in today's Boston Phoenix, the organizers at MassUniting - along with activists from a number of other groups - have been ramping up their artful and aggressive actions in the lead-up to tomorrow's BIG RALLY (which starts at 2pm at the Boston Common gazebo/bandstand).
What wasn't mentioned in that article, but that went down this morning, are the kickass visuals that local artists have contributed to bring this message to the streets.
So I found out this
morning on Twitter that there's to be an Occupy Boston powwow modeled
after the Occupy Wall Street actions that have been going so well in
New York. I was surprised not because the spirit spread to Mass, but
because I didn't get a press release. Call me arrogant if you want,
but the fact is that I probably cover more protests than any other
reporter in Boston, and found it to be a bit strange.