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.
A small group of positively elated occupants jumped
around in the sun after weathering Saturday night's storm, passing out pointed
party hats and shimmering cardboard tiaras to honor Occupy Boston's 1 month
birthday. Some tried to teach others the electric slide while dancing to funk
music like Stevie Wonder and Jamiroquai.
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.
not yet been enough time to process everything that happened at last
night's Occupy Boston General Assembly. At least not in a
journalistically responsible way. So for now, until the callbacks
come in and I look into this further, I'll just report my own observations from the ground. In the least I might be able to
clarify some rumors that are popping up online and outside of camp.
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
Our sister paper, the PORTLAND PHOENIX, has been covering #OccupyMaine. This morning they published news of a Sunday morning attack on the #Occupy camp at Lincoln Park -- no one was injured, but an IED was lobbed into the camp, and Portland police are reportedly searching for a silver four-door sedan thought to have been used in the attack.
not quite sure what possessed me last night in Dudley Square, but I
produced something like 100 tweets over the three hours I spent
covering Occupy the Hood. The energy was downright intoxicating, as
hundreds of occupiers from Dewey Square – who marched nearly three
miles to get there – turned up right at six o'clock.
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.
Almost immediately after #OccupyBoston began, people started wondering when NOAM CHOMSKY would show up. Short of Howard Zinn or my old BU prof Murray Levin rising from the grave, a visit from Chomsky is about as close as you could come to having Kanye showing up in Zuccotti Park. The celebrated linguist and activist recorded a video calling the Occupation exciting and exhilirating, and there was speculation at the beginning of October that he might show up within a few days of the establishment of the occupation.
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
Welcome to "Meet the Mayor," a segment in which we interview local Foursquare Mayors in
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#Occupy BostonEmily Ferola
Things look a lot
calmer here tonight than they do on YouTube.It's pretty chill. They're just having the GA. I think
people are recuperating from what happened [last week].
Photo credit: Shorenstein Center
One of our favorite old-media curmudgeons, the New York Times columnist DAVID CARR, got together over at Harvard over the weekend with one of the smartest people on the internet, DANAH BOYD, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the SHORENSTEIN CENTER FOR PRESS AND PUBLIC POLICY
It was a busy day for #OCCUPYBOSTON on Saturday, which kicked off with an unexpected visit. Massachusetts Governor DEVAL PATRICK stopped by unannounced around 11 am and received a tour from organizers [photos]. Soon after, the Phoenix caught up with Patrick as he headed into the Boston Book Festival; in the only interview he's given on the subject, the Governor praised Occupation's organization and expressed support for its right to protest peacefully [interview].