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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.