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News :: Occupy Boston
Occupy Boston Radio report #4
by Chuck U. Rosina
Email: chuck (nospam) wmbr.org
14 Oct 2011
Recordings from the Occupy site on Monday 10/10, and Tuesday 10/11, both before and after the police raid.
Occupy Boston through almost 2 weeks now, has gone through some big changes. It can be called growing pains, in a very literal sense, as the encampment attempted to expand beyond its original boundary in Dewey Sq.
On Monday, declared “Indigenous People’s Day” by the General Assembly, the mood was somewhat festive, as it was unseasonably warm, and being a Holiday, many people came out for the first time to check out the scene.
The Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Marching Band led a March to a nearby bridge. Grace Ross, former Green Party candidate for Governor, explains this action.
The Occupy movement has sprung up in almost every major city, and some minor ones, too. Prior to this march, there was a large act of civil disobedience.
My fear of this blatant act was that the protesters might antagonize the police to the point where they would move in and arrest them. That did not happen at this time, but of course would come later in the evening as the Occupation attempted to expand into the next block of park land.
This is Class Warfare, but you started it, Love the 99% were among the visible signs during the sit in.
Birigit is an older college student who had forclouser issues in her recent past.
Tim Howe is a recent college graduate who has been at Occupy Boston since day one.
During the night Monday night, the Police cleared out the expanded occupation site and arrested over 100 people. I returned to the Occupation Tuesday evening to gage the mood, and found it quite resilient.
At dusk I found Courtney staffing the information table at one of the entrances to the site.
Pat Scanlon, a Vietnam era Veteran for Peace was one of those arrested. He recalls what had happened the night before.
Organizing was still going on, and people were not being deterred by the previous nights police action.
During an open mic session before the general assembly, Kwame Sanborie, an elder black man, raised people’s spirits.
Tim Howe speaking the night after the arrests. It was clear that the Occupiers were determined to focus on the reasons the Occupation movement began.
Here again is Birgit, who admitted she was angry, but very passionately committed to the cause.
From the on-going Occupy Boston site, I am Chuck Rosina with a continuing series of radio reports for the Boston Community Reporters Project.
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