Occupy Boston Daily Digest for 3-30-12

Good Morning from Occupy Boston!

Stories of the Day: Occupy Boston hosted a viewing of the movie “Thrive” when it was released on 11/11/11, but if you haven’t seen it yet, now is your chance. Starting April 5, you will be able to stream it for free at http://www.thrivemovement.com. “The world is waking up… Follow the money… ” And, from the City University of New York to the University of California, students increasingly find themselves on the frontlines, not of a war on terror, but of a war on “radicalism” and “extremism” – see “Repress U, Class of 2012: Seven Steps to a Homeland Security Campus.” And Monsanto wants to brainwash children with their ‘Biotechnology Basics Activity Book’ – see kids, GMOs are fun!

Other Occupies/Protests: Spanish workers angry at austerity measures the government calls a necessity staged a general strike on Thursday, bringing factories and ports to a standstill.Hundreds of thousands attended largely peaceful marches throughout Spain, waving red flags and beating drums to protest budget cuts by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” Mark Twain

Volunteer Opportunities/Announcements: 

– A musician who will be playing at Dewey Square on April 1 is looking for a couple of people to help unload equipment around 11 am. Contact: mark@melodeego.com

– Did you enter the Occupier’s Haiku Contest? I did! Send submissions to submit@occupier.com by April 7, no more than 3 haikus per person.

Prizes: The top 3 haikus will be published in Issue 7 of the Boston Occupier (out April 18th), as well as on bostonoccupier.com.  In addition…

1st place: A Boston Occupier bumper sticker, screen-printed bandana, and a 12-issue subscription to The Boston Occupier!

2nd place: A Boston Occupier bumper sticker and screen-printed bandana

3rd place: A Boston Occupier bumper sticker

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, April 1, 12 noon-11 pm, Take Back Dewey, Dewey Square, at South Station, Boston

12:00pm – Lunch (Bring some to share).
1:00pm – April’s Fools March – The theme is to sarcastically invoke the ideas and thoughts that Occupy Boston are fighting against.
3:00pm – Livestream training (meet by Gandhi) icon smile Occupy Boston Daily Digest for 3 30 12
3:00pm – Clothing Swap (Got stuff you don’t wear anymore? Bring your clothes, and trade with friends! Surplus clothes will be going to a worthy cause).
4:30pm – Open Mic/Stack
5:30pm – Occupy Boston’s General Assembly.

Monday, April 2, 6 pm-8:30 pm (doors open 5:30), Occupy Boston Open House at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 138 Tremont St., Boston. All WGs are welcome to attend, the idea is to make it like a job fair so that people can learn about what the working groups do. Please bring fliers/literature relevant to your group if you have it, and please make a sign with your group’s name on it. Please tell us in advance if your group plans to attend, you can contact me at AnnaC@OccupyBoston.org.

Wednesday, April 4, 3pm-11:30pm Occupy Boston – National Day of Action for Public Transportation, Massachusetts State House

Public transportation is a right and must be accessible to all. Service cuts and fare hikes will have a devastating and disproportionate impact on low-income communities, communities of color, students, workers, seniors and the environment. We say NO TO PRIVATIZATION of our common resources and NO MORE EXCUSES! We will not accept any funding strategies that attempt to divide the 99% against each other or shift the burden onto the backs of the 99%: the poor and working classes. End the wars and tax the rich! On April 4th, we will stand together to demand public transportation for the 99%. If our call is not answered and the necessary funds redirected, it will only add to the growing body of evidence that our government no longer represents us.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Event Highlight: OB Decolonize supports Free Palestine Rally & March, 6pm – 8pm. Copley Square

March 30 marks Palestine Land Day in Palestinian national memory. The march’s aim is to mark it as an international event to demonstrate solidarity with Palestinians and to protect Jerusalem.  Join us in Boston to stand in solidarity with this global effort to bring justice to Palestine and to end US and Israeli aggression against Iran. Sponsored by Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights (BCPR), Boston United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), the International Action Center (IAC), the Palestine Task Force of United for Justice with Peace, Veterans for Peace, Chapter 9, Smedley Butler Brigade, Code Pink and Students for Justice in Palestine Boston University Chapter.

Calendar for Friday, March 30, 2012

Occupy Lent: Prayers of Repentance for Economic Injustice, 8:00am – 8:30am, Bank of America Building, 100 Federal St, Boston, MA 02114

Free School University WG Meeting, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Harvest Food Coop Community Room, 581 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

Women’s Caucus Working Group,  5:30pm – 7:00pm, 14 Beacon St, First Floor, Boston.

Occupy MBTA WG Meeting, 6pm – 8pm, SEIU 26 West St.
Radio WG Meeting, 7pm – 9pm, City Place Food Court (In State Transportation Building)

There’s More: Check out our Daily Calendar for full descriptions of events at Occupy Boston.

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