Monday, August 27, 2012
Many of the protesters who came out on Monday say they were pleased with the Tampa Police
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Monday, August 27, 2012
The Tampa Police Department kept its word on Monday and did not interfere with protests groups as they marched through downtown Tampa. While the protesters often shouted at police as officers lined the streets boxing them into a designated route, the march finished incident free. Groups identified as "black bloc" groups attempted to break out of the police guarded areas at one point, but were unsuccessful and eventually moved peacefully north out of downtown. "I think they're keeping their word," Bill Lewis of Occupy Boston said. "So far I'd have to say that the police have been nice and are doing exactly what Chief (Jane) Castor said they would. I haven't seen any signs of indecency." Retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant John Debus marched …
Monday, July 23, 2012
Members of the Boston Fare Strike Coalition, who held gates open at five MBTA stations so the public could ride the T for free last week, plan to hold fare evasion protests on the first Friday of every month.
The activist group Boston Fare Strike Coalition plans to hold a mass fare evasion day on the first Friday of every month to protest the MBTA fare hikes which went into effect on July 1. They also hope to use the event to build an organized public resistance to fight future fare increases or service cuts. The group intends to create better literature and signs, to take a more targeted approach to which stations they chose to "liberate," and to create a buzz in those communities beforehand so residents have a clear understanding of what the fare evasions are all about. "I'm very concerned the message people are getting is not the message we're putting out at all," said Bill Lewis, a facilitator and outreach coordinator for Occupy Boston. …
Friday, July 13, 2012
A protest group aims to foster mass fare evasions on the MBTA on Friday in protest of the recent fare hike and service cuts.
While most commuters limit their protest of the T's recent fare hikes and service cuts to grumbling, one activist group is going the civil disobedience route. "Boston Fare Strike" plans to do a mass fare evasion at Park Street station. If it goes as scheduled, it would mimic a previous rally in which dozens of protesters poured through the turnstiles at Park Street in June. Attached is video of that action. But this time the free-ride seekers might have some more consequences to their protest. This week T police started issuing $50 tickets to people caught evading the turnstiles. The Transit Police made a point of posting news of their crackdown on their Twitter feed. The fare evaders also have their social media networks up and running. "…
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Protestors with Occupy Boston gathered outside of the State House, Wednesday, before taking their message inside. Here's a peek at what that looked like.
Group holds People's Assembly inside State House.
The sound of “No” echoed through the halls of the State House Wednesday as more than 100 protestors affiliated with Occupy Boston gathered at the base of the Grand Staircase to protest the MBTA’s budget plan. The group, which began its rally outside on Beacon Street, declared public transportation a civil right and said that protests at recent MBTA hearings had gone unheard. “[So,] we are creating our own hearing, and we’re having it inside the State House,” said Katie Gradowski. She and Noah McKenna led the rally from the front steps, joined by a giant-sized puppet of “Charlie” bearing a “99%” button. McKenna noted that the day’s Boston rally was part of a national day of action, and he and Gradowski declared that the MBTA was balancing …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
After being hacked last Friday, BPDNews.com came back online at about 2 a.m. this morning.
With rapper KRS-One’s now all-too-familiar “Sound of Da Police” music video intermittently popping up, Boston Police officers satirically discuss the “emotional trauma” they felt after the police department’s website, BPDNews.com, was hacked last Friday, in a light-hearted, video comeback of sorts at the hacking group “Anonymous.” “Normally, I sleep pretty well, but since the site went down, I haven’t slept a wink,” one officer says with a straight face in the YouTube video that was posted on the department’s Facebook page at 11 p.m. Wednesday. Another officer claims to have heard news of the hacking at – where else – Dunkin’ Donuts. A serious-voiced narrator also chimes in: “In the days after the hacking, fans of the page struggled to …
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
In the wake of the Occupy Boston movement and the MBTA's announcement of service cuts and fare increases, "Occupy The T" has emerged to add to the discussion. Do you agree with their assessment of things?
Recently the group "Occupy The T" held its first meeting, and, according to an article in The Boston Occupier, activists, organizers, and community members there painted a picture of the options the MBTA has to eliminate its debt different from the two scenarios the MBTA has presented. At the meeting, "Attendees stressed the importance of rejecting the state’s claim that there is no alternative to the two proposed regimes of cuts and fare hikes," writer Doug Greene said. He added, "Instead of deciding between the MBTA’s two proposed plans, 'Occupy the T' hopes to expose the role of for-profit financial institutions in creating and perpetuating the MBTA’s budget crisis. Several present argued that the banks should cancel the T’s debt …
Monday, December 12, 2011
From deadlines to eviction to cleanup.
Monday, Dec. 12 Crews Address Dewey Square Restoration: With the tents gone, the city has been left with close to an acre of dirt in Dewey Square. Crews from the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy started by pumping air back into the compacted soil and adding organic compost. On Monday, crews are expected to lay down sod. Protestors Face Arraignment: The dozens arrested this weekend in the police raid will be arraigned in court this week. Sunday, Dec. 11 PHOTOS: Occupy Boston Holds Assembly on the Common: After their eviction, the group held its nightly general assembly at the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common. Although it pledged to continue the movement it started, no votes were taken on a specific action. Protestors Hold Mass in …
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Sunday, December 11, 2011
Group vows to continue on but no specific resolutions are made.
After police evicted the remaining Occupy Boston protesters from Dewey Square early Saturday morning, the group held its nightly general assembly at the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common. Although it pledged to continue the movement it started, no votes were taken on a specific action. What do you think Occupy Boston should do next? Take our poll.