On Tuesday, the Occupy Wall Street movement saw its largest resurgence of energy since most encampments were evicted last fall. In New York and worldwide, Occupy activists fueled an international day of action for May Day.This weekend, ROFLcon comes back to Boston. ROFLcon is an annual Internet meme conference (yes, a meme conference) that started in Boston in 2008.
are always ranting about how they've had enough, and about how
they're two minutes from taking up arms to defend their so-called
freedom. I hear it all the time – the chest-pounding usually comes
in the form of not-so-thinly veiled racist rants against the
president, or some comparable crapola cloaked in self-serving Second
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]
There were some
significant legal precedents set in Manhattan today. New York City
criminal court judge Matthew Sciarrino, Jr. ruled that Occupy Wall
Street protester Malcolm Harris – one of hundreds arrested during a
direct action on the Brooklyn Bridge last October – has no standing
to stop authorities from subpoenaing his Twitter account.
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
of all, I want to say that everyone feels just awful about the polite
woman who lives in Harbor Towers, and who had to sit in traffic for a
full half-hour one day last Fall on account of Occupy Boston marching
down Atlantic Ave. In a way, she's a bold representation of all the
apathetic martyrs who've been inconvenienced by the countless people
who are standing up for jobs and civil rights.
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.
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.
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.
All Photos By Aaron Spagnolo . . . More Pics Here
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.
Yesterday was a pretty busy day for #OccupyBoston: arguing the constitutional merits of Dewey Square in state court, getting their sink bogarted by BPD. So we totally understand if you missed that our easter-egg meme from last week's paper -- #OCCUTAN, created by Phoenix design director Kevin Banks -- was declared "winner of the internet" by some dudes on Reddit
Think the BPD is sore about the injunction -- extended yesterday by a judge in court yesterday -- that keeps them from mopping up Occupy Boston?
Last night, in a bizarre but also scary show of force, the cops removed an industrial sink from Dewey Square, allegedly roughing up some protesters as they did so.
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.