Occupy Boston Daily Digest for 4-4-12

Good Morning from Occupy Boston!

Stories of the Day: “Occupy lite?” They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but buyer beware: some things that sound like Occupy might be imitation.  ”American Spring“ is an Occupy term, but “99% Spring” is not. A coalition of groups including MoveOn.org are providing “99% Spring Trainings.” Some feel this is co-opting the ideas of the movement, and reportedly these trainings deliberately exclude the model of consensus-based, horizontal democracy. However, the newly-formed Occupy Arlington just passed a resolution to bring in a 99% Spring training for themselves. In Los Angeles on March 31, there was an art show called “All In for the 99%“ with the participation of many celebrities; but the money raised went to the American Dream Foundation, also known as Rebuild the Dream, a Democratic organization – not Occupy. On the other hand, or so it seems, a new website called “Occupy.com“ went live on April 3. Despite the .com domain name, it is a non-profit which describes itself as: ”a new media channel that will amplify the voices of Occupy. We use media to call for social, economic and environmental justice. We seek to inspire resistance, engagement and the creation of the new world we imagine … [we are] independent and non-profit. We consist of a small but growing group of dedicated occupiers working in solidarity with the movement. We are supported by a combination of donations and volunteerism. There is no GA or Spokes Council overseeing us, but we are morally accountable to the movement as a whole.” [from the website] Co-opting, or demonstrating that Occupy is changing public discourse? You decide…

Other Occupies/Protests:

  • On April 1, Occupy SF occupied a building that had been vacant for 5 years, with the intention of turning it into a center for health services and education, but they were raided today and 80 arrests were made.
  • Occupy Worcester will be joining in the National Day of Protest and Action in regards to public transportation on April 4th. At 3:00 PM, they will gather outside of Union Station with signs and flyers to protest the mishandling of public transportation in America, especially, on a local level, the underfunding of the WRTA and the proposed budget cuts and fare increases for the MBTA. They will have an open stack around 4:30 for people to share their thoughts and feelings about public transportation in America. (see below for Occupy Boston’s events planned for tomorrow).

“In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.” –Mark Twain

Volunteer Opportunities/Announcements: 

Have you entered the Occupier’s Haiku Contest yet? I did! Send submissions to submit@occupier.com by April 7, no more than 3 haikus per person. For rules, click here. Prizes!

For a partial listing of Working Groups looking for volunteers, please click here!

Upcoming Events:

Raise Taxes on the 1% Tax Day Rally and March

Tuesday, April 17, 5:30PM, Dewey Square (South Station)

Occupy JP and Occupy Boston will participate, along with many other groups, in a protest against the unfairness of the current tax regime, where people such as Mitt Romney pay at rates far lower than those earning far less, and Warren Buffet’s now-famous secretary pays at a higher rate than Warren Buffet.  The Rally and March will begin at 5:30pm at Dewey Square (South Station) and the march will begin at 6pm and proceed through the city streets, pass by several notorious corporate tax dodgers, and end at the bandstand in the Commons.

Things to bring:  yourself (most important), signs, noise-making stuff (pots, pans, kazoos, whatever)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

trans Occupy Boston Daily Digest for 4 4 12Event Highlight:

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

1 p.m. – MassDOT Board Meeting (Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza):   After 31 public hearings and hearing the testimony of thousands of MBTA riders, the MBTA board’s final proposal — a 23% fare hike, plus cuts to bus lines  - is an unacceptable attempt to balance borrowed debt on the backs of seniors, students, and the unemployed.   Join allies and organizations from across Boston in saying “No!” to the most recent round of cuts and hikes.
3-5 p.m. – People’s Assembly at the State House – Following that meeting, join us at the State House for a people’s hearing on the future of public transit!   Tell Deval Patrick and Speaker De Leo that we need a long-term funding solution for transit in Massachusetts.    We’ll take our demands to the halls of the State House, where the legislature has steadfastly refused to intervene in coming up with a state-wide transit solution that benefits ALL of the 99 percent.
5-8 p.m. – Rally in Support of Public Transportation –   An evening of teach-ins, speak-outs, music, food, and celebration on the State House steps.   What’s next for the T?   What happened to get us into this mess?   Join us for an evening of public celebration to demand a comprehensive transit plan for the 99 percent!
8-11:30 p.m. – Commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr.   April 4th is the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s groundbreaking speech “Beyond Vietnam:  Breaking the Silence”  in which he explained his understanding that “America would never invest the necessary funds or energies in rehabilitation of its poor so long as adventures like Vietnam continue to draw men and skills and money like some demonic destructive suction tube.”   Exactly one year after this speech, as he built momentum for a general strike, Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968.    We will end by observing this day and remembering a great visionary by continuing his fight for economic inequality and an end to war. 

Watch this great video put together by Occupy Boston for this event and see how many of your friends you can spot! click here!

Calendar for Wednesday, April 4, 2012

3 pm – 4 pm Icarus Project WG Support Group. Note the new location at the Gazebo at the Common

5 pm – 7 pm Boston Occupier WG Meeting at Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave., 5th Floor, Boston

5:30 pm – 7 pm Info WG Meeting at United for a Fair Economy, 29 Winter St., 2nd Floor, Boston.

6 pm – 8 pm Radio WG Meeting at Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave., 5th Floor, Boston

7 pm – 9 pm Financial Accountability WG at City Place Food Court, in the Transportation Building

7 pm – 9 pm Media WG Meeting at Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave., 5th Floor, Boston

These are just some of the many events at Occupy Boston. Check out our Daily Calendar for more information.
For more information on Occupy Boston’s General Assembly, including passed resolutions, click here!  
And if you’re interested in learning more about Occupy Boston and how you can participate, click here! 
 
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