some Phoenix readers might know by now, my first book, 99
Nights with the 99 Percent (Write
To Power, $14.99), drops softly around New England this week.
Subtitled “Dispatches from the First Three Months of the Occupy
Revolution,” at its core the project is a time capsule from the
center of last year's biggest news story, written and presented with
an irreverent stank on it.
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.
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.
This weekend, while the entire Granite State was gripped with #FITN fever, our operatives leapt into the fray -- even infiltrating the Newt Gingrich phone bank -- to bring you only the finest in Robitussin-splashed gonzo campaign-trail journalism. No Vermin Supreme antic has gone unnoticed, no Santorum joke unmade.
Milstein smiles and talks with her hands to a room of 25 attentive listeners,
mostly twenty-somethings and some older, all sitting in folding chairs. Standing
in front of the floor-to-ceiling glass storefront at Jamaica Plain’s Lucy Parsons
Center, a radical
bookstore and community space, the anarchist author and activist speaks of her
experiences in with Occupy Philly, anarchism, and the intersections of the two.
only way to really dive into an early morning presidential debate is with a
little cough syrup. Or actually a lot of cough syrup. And so I swallowed a
gallon and went to check the happenings in Concord. This is not a metaphor.
The Occupy posse
was there. In full effect. And so were Ron Paul's homeys.
that the Boston Police Department had a few undercover officers
embedded in the Occupy Boston First Night operation. Whoever they
sent deep into the heart of last evening's activism would have found
a whole mess of juicy goods to bring back to the Suffolk County
District Attorney's office, which is apparently investigating its
local Occupy outpost
noon start time there are hardly more than 100 folks milling around
Duarte Square, an obscure triangular slice of real estate on the
northwest corner of Canal Street and Sixth Avenue in Manhattan. It's
a certifiable Occupy event, complete with street theater, balloon
metaphors, and an impromptu curbside teach-in on the evolution of the
American police state.
my favorite sources for both information and entertainment have
blessed us this week with multimedia assaults concerning the Occupy
movement at large. One is the activist gang at Strange Famous
Records, which assembled the progressive rap dream team of Sage
Francis, B. Dolan, Toki Wright, Jasiri X, and Buddy Peace for an
important public service announcement: “Film The Police.
Image via Occupy Allston-Brighton on Facebook.
Occupy Boston held its first post-Dewey General Assembly on Saturday evening at the Boston Common bandstand. At Saturday's GA, a member of the Anarchist Alliance of Occupy Boston made a statement calling for neighborhood-based general assemblies throughout the winter.
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.
Chris Faraone (@Fara1) and Ariel Shearer (@arielshearer) were on the scene early Saturday morning as Boston Police -- many with black tape covering badge numbers -- arrested around 40 protesters and cleared Dewey Square. According to reports, two legal observers were among those arrested. Faraone, who has ripped the BPD a new asshole on numerous occasions and has been covering Occupy around the clock since the beginning -- here in Boston and around the country -- was singled out by the police and removed from a designated press viewing area.
it's rather fitting that Dewey Square looks like a trampled
battlefield today, with just a few dozen tents left among the planks,
cardboard, packed boxes, and rubble. While the park-wide clean-up and
vacate effort kicked off with a bang yesterday – allowing most
Occupy Boston campers and working groups to safely store valuables –
by this afternoon it had slowed to a crawl.