Occupy Boston Daily Digest for 4-5-12

Good Morning from Occupy Boston!

Stories of the Day: MBTA Okays Fare Hikes and Service Cuts. Occupy Boston has officially declared a ten-day occupation in front of the MA State House front steps. We’re demanding that our legislature save the T by April 14. No hikes, no cuts, no layoffs! And Police pepper-spray 30 Santa Monica College students and others who were protesting tuition hikes – including this four-year-old girl. Two people were transported to the hospital. College officials are investigating campus police’s reaction to students who disrupted a Board of Trustees meeting upset over a highly controversial plan to offer pricier classes. The five Republican Supreme Court justices ruled on 4/2 to defend the rights of prison guards to strip search people, including a nun arrested in an anti-war protest and an African-American man who got arrested by mistake for not paying a fine that he had actually paid. And a follow-up: more information on the people behind Occupy.com which was mentioned in yesterday’s digest. “Seasoned OWS activists view [the site] with a mixture of hope and skepticism.

Other Occupies/Protests: Truckers vow to “bring Britain to a halt” in support of striking tanker drivers by blockading refineries and motorways.

“The end of Democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.” Thomas Jefferson

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:

  • Lecture: Hawaii, Native America and Palestine: Indigeneity and Settler Colonialism, with Dr. J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, Thursday, April 5, 2012   Boston University, 7pm until 9pm, Boston University Kenmore Classroom Building , Room 101, 565 Commonwealth Ave  [near Kenmore Square]
  • On Saturday April 7th at 12:30 p.m. at Ruggles Station, there will be a rally in support of justice for Trayvon Martin. The march will go from RUGGLES to DUDLEY, ending in front of the Police Station, with a speakout near the old B2 barracks grounds. Please come and stand up against racism, racial profiling and corruption! For more information, click here.
  • 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)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Event Highlight:

Event Highlight: General Assembly,  7pm – 10:30pm

Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street (close to Arlington street)

Calendar for Thursday, April 5, 2012

5pm – 7pm,  Street WG meeting,  Boloco, next to Community Church (Copley Square)

5pm – 6:45pm, Facilitation WG Meeting, at City Place Food Court in the Transportation Building – Boylston, Charles and Stuart Streets

5:15pm – 6:45pm, General Strike (May 1) WG Meeting, Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Avenue, Boston (5th floor)


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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