"I keep looking up and expecting to see snipers," she joked. As reported here first yesterday, AMANDA PALMER arrived at Occupy Boston yesteday afternoon dressed like an anarchist field general for a ninja gig on Dewey Square. After urging her fellow Boston musicians to join the Occupation -- and to bring their fans -- she played a short set that included Neutral Milk Hotel's "Two Headed Boy" (in homage to Jeff Mangum's serenading of #OccupyWallStreet), Rebecca Black's "Friday," and the olde English protest-folk "The World Turned Upside Down."
A critical component of #OccupyWallStreet and the national solidarity occupations has been the overwhelming amount of online media: it's allowed independent occupations nationwide to watch, learn, and gain inspiration from one another. Here are ten videos that can serve as either an introduction to the revolution currently sweeping America, or further inspiration for those already entrenched.
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.
#OccupyBoston protesters will expand to the Boston Commons on Monday, when #StudentsOccupyBoston's Student Solidarity March plans to meet at 1:30 at the gazebo. Students will march from the Commons to Dewey Square, where they will join the Labor March taking
place at 2pm.
Just got an email from Amanda Palmer confirming that she'll be heading down to OccupyBoston today at 4 pm to perform a ninja ukulele gig. That is all.
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.
As a sea of National Nurses United protesters flooded the camps in Dewey Square today, all clad in royal blue scrubs and holding "HEAL AMERICA, TAX WALL STREET" signs, activist Cornel West showed up as well.
West addressed the crowd with 5-minute speech prior to the National Nurses United march to support Occupy Boston.
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
“What time you gonna throw em out?” asked a plump
grey-haired business man with a smirk, clutching a black
brief case and walking past Dewey
Square.“We’re not,” responded a police officer, expressionless. “The park is theirs
until they decide to leave or until they get fresh.”
This was my first IRL impression of Occupy Boston -- a movement
I had only experienced via TwitPics and hashtags until 8:05 this morning.
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.