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News :: Occupy Boston
Banner Drop Downtown
by Boston IMC
26 Oct 2011
Activists dropped a banner at a downtown parking garage Wednesday morning to protest Mayor Menino's recent statements concerning anarchists.
The following communique was released.
Boston, MA – A group of anarchists from Boston hung a 15-foot banner from a
parking garage near Dewey Square, the site of Occupy Boston, early this
Wednesday with a message for Mayor Thomas Menino. The banner read, "Menino:
We cook meals, we provide first aid, we give legal support, we organize at
Dewey and in our communities. We live in Boston. Do not be trifling with
us." The statement is signed "we are far more than 40" (a reference to a
seemingly arbitrary number of anarchists cited by Menino) enclosed with two large circled "a"s.
The action comes in the wake of statements made by the mayor earlier
this month claiming that "anarchists" from "another country, another city"
who "move from city to city to raise the issue of civil disobedience" and
"don't care if they get arrested" were responsible for the attempted
expansion of the occupation that resulted in 141 arrests on October 11th.
Menino was insistent that the "new group" was different from the group that
had been there for the first few weeks. Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis
gave the same story: "The anarchists have taken over," he told the Boston
Herald in an interview following the arrests.
Anarchists tell a different story, claiming involvement in the
occupation from its start. The group responsible for the action Wednesday
morning released the following communiqué:
"We dropped this banner to poke fun at recent statements made by Mayor
Menino and the Boston Police Department in regards to anarchist involvement
in the Occupy Boston Movement, but also to send a message: though the media
may print whatever senseless garbage you say about us, we will not just sit
back and let you go unchallenged.
Though we do find Mayor Menino's ridiculous claims humorous, we do not
think there is anything funny about the police brutality ordered by Menino
and acted out by the BPD against peaceful demonstrators on Oct. 11th. We
also find humourless the mayor's attempt to blame anarchists, who have thus
far remained peaceful in the occupation, for his own violent decisions.
We know now that 135 out of 141 arrested on the 11th were residents of
the Boston area, so Menino's conspiracy that 40 anarchists "from another
country" were behind the action need hardly be commented on.
Anarchists from Boston, however, have been active in this occupation
since day one. From facilitating meetings, to cooking meals, to providing
legal support, we have played lead and supporting roles in every aspect of
this movement. After all, as the Boston Phoenix recently pointed out,
autonomous spaces run non-hierarchically using consensus process and a focus
on direct action are kind of our thing.
And you know us, Menino. Whether we're stopping your racist biolab,
organizing against foreclosure and eviction in our neighbourhoods or serving
food to those you would see starve, we've been a thorn in your side and the
sides of all those who would defend state and capital for years. Don't
pretend we don't exist, we may surprise you by being everywhere. - An
Affinity Group of Boston Anarchists"
(Note: We do not claim that these views represent all anarchists in
and around Boston, nor do we desire to speak for anyone outside of our
affinity group. These words are our own.)"
This work is in the public domain.