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News :: Organizing : Politics
Right to the City Protest Draws Thousands, 24 Arrested
01 Oct 2011
Modified: 02:47:24 AM
3,000 marchers descended on the Bank of America building at 100 Federal Street yesterday in a protest against BoA's predatory lending practices and home foreclosures.

Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuhY85R6L5s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8MvJbiREjQ
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On arriving at the bank 24 people occupied the lobby or blocked one of the entrances to the building. They were arrested for trespassing amid a storm of drumming, chants and speeches by organizers. Police blocked off Federal Street briefly and evacuated the building. The arrestees were released a few hours later.

The march began after a rally on Boston Common. Police presence was minimal considering the size of the march, although officers were observed taking video at the rally on the Common (see the fourth picture down).

Months in the making, the protest was organized by the Right to the City coalition, a collection of groups dedicated to resisting displacement of low-income people. Boston's City Life/Vida Urbana is one of the member groups.

The protest also served as the jumping off point for Occupy Boston's occupation of nearby Dewey Square.
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