*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 3rd, 2011*
OCCUPY BOSTON ENTRENCHES AFTER STRONG WEEKEND
Three days of mud and weather haven’t deterred approximately 100 demonstrators camped in Dewey Square from staying put indefinitely. Occupy Boston, which started on Friday evening, September 30, is part of a national occupation movement to that is sweeping the country’s major cities (including New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles), attempting to bring attention to the fact that 99% of American citizens do not feel their views are being represented by their government.
The occupation began Friday evening when over 1,000 people rallied at Dewey Square and marched in a peaceful protest on the Boston Federal Reserve Building. Saturday and Sunday continued peacefully as the number of occupiers grew following marches on CollegeFest at the Hynes Convention Center and on the HONK! Festival. Evening General Assembly meetings have drawn representatives from local business and labor unions—including representatives from both the Taxi Drivers Union and the Greater Boston Labor Council, which addressed the assembly, expressing full solidarity and support to our cause—as well as concerned participants opting to join the ongoing encampment.
On Sunday the Boston Herald referred to the Occupy movement, saying, “Something’s happening here and across the country, despite repeated dismissals of these protesters.”
On Monday, October 3 Occupy Boston delivered a simple, symbolic letter to the Massachusetts Statehouse and Bank of America:
To: The 1%
All Cities, USA
Get out of our government. We want our country back.
Because there have been conflicting accounts in the press, we’d like to clarify our reason for occupying downtown Boston. There is no one single issue or demand that summarizes Occupy Boston or the Occupy movement. Occupiers facilitate conversation, discussion, and debate around the issue of corporate influence on politics in an attempt to overcome the cynicism and corruption running rampant in this country.
We invite everyone—left, right, and center—to join us and join the conversation. Inside Dewey Square is real democracy. It’s a horizontal, leaderless operation that empowers all individuals to participate equally in decision-making, as opposed to the circus of special-interest lobbyists or legislators with big-business ties in Washington and State Houses across the nation. Come see what democracy looks like and take part in Occupy Boston.
For more information about Occupy Boston visit http://occupyboston.com.