Tomorrow is likely to be one of the biggest international days of action yet for the Occupy movement: the massive May Day General Strike. This action has been in the works for months, with protests planned by Occupy groups around the world. In Boston, several major actions are planned:
7 to 11AM: Financial District Block Party [info]
least one group of protest fans expects Occupy to stage a significant
Spring comeback. The gushing observers were out in force yesterday,
tailing rally-goers on a march through downtown and Faneuil Hall.
Sure, Boston police have shown appreciation for Occupy before. But it
was still impressive to see so many of them dedicate their whole
Sunday to the cause, and to playing along with their very own April
Chris Faraone, our fabled staff writer, embedded Occupy correspondent, and author of the newly-published 99 Nights with the 99 Percent
-- out now, get a copy tonight when he reads at Brookline Booksmith --
was sparring with WRKO's Tom & Todd this morning when they called in
reinforcements: for the last ten minutes of an hour-long talk-radio
battle over the Occupy movement, Faraone went mano-a-mano with
right-wing provocateur and all-around awful human ANDREW BREITBART,
last seen outside CPAC screaming at Occupy protestors to "stop raping
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.
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.
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.
Occupy Boston went to court today. The case -- Occupy Boston and Others vs. the City of Boston and Others -- ended with Judge Frances McIntyre extending the temporary restraining order currently prohibiting the city from evicting the camp at Dewey Square. McIntyre's decision is currently under advisement until December 15; until then, the restraining order remains in place and in full effect.
Anti-nuclear power demonstration; 1974 Kendall Square, Cambridge
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.