Thursday, December 15, 2011
With no camps planned, Occupy Somerville represents an effort to channel the Occupy movement's energy into political and community organization.
It you're expecting members of the Occupy movement to pitch their tents in Davis Square and stay for the winter, don't hold your breath. Participants in the Occupy Somerville initiative held a general assembly in the square's Statue Park Wednesday night, and the overall consensus was the group needs to focus its time and energy working on issues it deems important—increasing the amount of affordable housing in the city, fighting against home foreclosures, working to make public transportation more accessible and improving labor standards, for instance. "With all the enthusiasm and energy I see in this movement, I can't think of a bigger waste of it than to see it stuck in one park when it could be out on the streets affecting change," …
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Members of the Occupy movement in Somerville marched to the local branch to close their accounts Saturday.
The Occupy movement came to Somerville Saturday morning: Residents, college students, union organizers and others gathered in Davis Square for a rally against Bank of America, which has a branch in the neighborhood. After the rally, the crowd, accompanied by a marching band, walked to the Highland Avenue branch of the bank, where about five people intended to close their accounts. When they arrived, they discovered the bank had locked its doors and lowered the interior security grating. However, after a brief discussion with the branch manager, those in the group who wanted to close their Bank of America accounts were admitted and allowed to conduct the business without problems, according to Rand Wilson, an organizer of the rally who …
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Boston police arrested more than 100 Occupy Boston protesters early Tuesday morning. Some have criticized their tactics. Was the police action too strong?
Early Tuesday morning, Boston police arrested more than 100 protesters who were involved in Occupy Boston protests in the city. Earlier in the day, about 70 students from Tufts University marched into Boston to join the protests. The arrests came after protesters expanded their tent city from Dewey Square into part of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, an area police had asked protesters to stay away from. News reports and videos taken of the arrests document police engaging in what some have called excessive force. What do you think? Were Boston police out of line, or did the protesters get what they deserved?
Monday, October 10, 2011
Angry over the widening gap between the super-rich and everyone else, thousands of Bostonians took to the streets to say they've had enough.
On a day commemorating the so-called discovery of America, thousands of protesters marched from the country's first common to express anger that the land of opportunity has seen its final days. "The youth of today is the first generation in the history of the United States that has lower expectations for their lives than our parents had," Josh Koritz, an activist with Socialist Alternative, said as protesters organized on Boston Common on Columbus Day. Although the protest and march were organized by students, they brought out Americans of all ages. By the time the march reached Dewey Square, it had swelled upward of 2,000 people. About 70 students from Tufts University, with its campus in Somerville and Medfrod, joined in the march.
About 70 students from Tufts University marched into Boston Monday to join protests associated with Occupy Wall Street.
About 70 students from Tufts University marched into Boston Monday to join Occupy Boston protests. Students from about 10 Boston-area colleges, including Tufts, planned to meet on Boston Common for a student solidarity protest before joining larger Occupy Boston protests in Dewey Square, near South Station. Occupy Boston is Boston's arm of the Occupy Wall Street protests, which started in Manhattan. Ben Chamberlian, a 20-year-old junior at Tufts, said, "I've never been to an open protest, I suppose … never anything this large." He said of his reasons for marching, "I think it's somewhat ridiculous, just the state of the country and the economy." "My hope is the government will see the fact people are unhappy and work on controlling Wall …
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Students from the Tufts Occupy Boston group are planning to join a student solidarity march on Monday, Oct. 10.
Students from Tufts University did not participate in a nationwide student walkout that took place Wednesday. Students from several colleges in the Boston area, including Boston University, Harvard, Boston College, MIT, Northeastern and others, had planned to participate in the nationwide walkout as part of the Occupy Boston movement, which was organized to show support for the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York. Tufts was slated to participate in Wednesday's walkout, but instead, students from the Tufts Occupy Boston group set up tables in an effort to recruit participants for student solidarity march planned for Oct. 10, Columbus Day, on Boston Common. "We're just really excited about getting as many people as possible," said Lissa …