After more hours than I care to count I finally went to warm up in a
press crash spot at around four in the morning. When I got back to Dewey
Square fifteen minutes later, a female member of the media team had
been assaulted by a never-seen-before stranger in a dark suit. It was an
extraordinarily strange occurrence by all accounts.
mob scene at Occupy Boston tonight. A peaceful mob scene. The terrain
is mostly muddy, with remnants of more than two months of revolution
scattered over Dewey Square. The signs are packed up. So are most of
the larger working group tents, including the enduring food
operation, which now consists of just a table with some meager
are clearing tools out of the logistics and media hubs, unplugging
chords and carting off their operations. The canopy of blue and green
tarps atop Dewey Square is being dismantled, revealing bright tents
that haven't seen sunlight in months. A bucket of butternut squash
gets loaded into a van. So do the canned goods, which are headed to
the Pine Street Inn.
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.
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up early last Friday in Chicago, where I was covering that city's
Occupiers and their push to move into a rented space. It was an
exciting week, as the night before there'd been a heated general
assembly, as well as news that Mayor Rahm Emanuel had possibly
cancelled an event because of threats that students affiliated with the movement might protest.
The Women's Caucus of Occupy Boston -- a group of women-identified occupiers and allies working against patriarchy and sexism in the Occupy Movement -- will march this Sunday from 12 to 2 PM. The march will address the safety of women within the Occupy Movement and the ways that economic injustice disproportionately affects women, as well as health care, housing, education, reproductive rights, LGBT rights, the
right to paid parental leave, universal health care, and other related
John Ford of the Occupy Boston library tent raises the issue of drug use and idleness at an impromptu emergency meeting last Saturday afternoon
expertly identified in veteran activist Sara Robinson's recent
indictment of Occupy's asshole epidemic, the problem with horizontal
democracy is that a lot of folks are lazy alcoholic douchebags.
It's a fair trade vegan anniversary cupcake - we swear!
everything is fine and sunny down at Dewey Square today, the
beginning of this weekend was hellish, as rain, sleet, snow, and even
hail howled down on tent city. As happens every time the weather
fouls up in these parts, new challenges arose and tempers got tested.
know how fun the everyday goings-on around the Occupy Boston camp
already are. If you can't enjoy yourself at Yoga, Faith and
Spirituality Group, or Occupoetry, then you're probably a stiff
one-percenter who feeds poor immigrants to his family out in
Wellesley. And those General Assemblies – who couldn't have a blast
no secret that there's been some turbulence at Occupy Boston. As the
Herald dutifully reported (to the delight of many of their readers, I might add), and as anyone who's walked down
Atlantic Avenue has likely noticed, there's a bit
of a vagrancy problem in Dewey Square. The scenario is more complicated than many
have surmised – while some homeless occupiers have indeed been using hard drugs and urinating openly, a great deal of those who otherwise bounce between shelters
have taken on responsibilities and made a proud home of the camp.
Tuesday, Roxbury rabble-rouser Jamarhl Crawford finally addressed the
Occupy Boston General Assembly (GA). Indeed, it seemed only a matter
of time before the Blackstonian editor became attracted to the
momentum on Dewey Square; the crowd downtown is screaming for many –
if not all – of the same issues that he's been mobilizing on for
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.