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    Occupy Wall Street Victory

    Victory in New York

    Early this morning, the international Occupy movement achieved an
    impressive victory as billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg called off
    the eviction of the Occupy Wall Street protestors that had been
    planned for 7:00 AM.  An Occupy Boston solidarity group — dispatched last
    night at midnight — arrived just hours before the announcement, which
    was greeted with elated cheers and chants of, “All Day, All Week,
    Occupy Wall Street”.  A spontaneous march immediately followed as
    hundreds began pouring down Broadway Avenue with signs and chants
    broadcasting their message of economic justice and the end of Wall
    Street’s influence on our democracy.

    “I can’t remember a happier sight in my life,” said Stephen Squibb, a
    member of the Boston solidarity group, “Than that of hundreds of
    protestors of all ages and backgrounds swarming through the financial
    district as the sun broke over downtown New York on a Friday morning.
    It was beautiful.”

    Preparations can now continue in earnest for October 15, which
    promises to be one of the largest days of international protest in a

    In Solidarity from New York — Occupy Boston

    Go here to read about it on Occupy Wall Street’s own web site.

    Video of Boston Police Arresting Peaceful Protesters

    Michael Gill has produced a definitive video of the peaceful occupation of the Greenway Park by Occupy Boston last Monday night and the rough police crackdown on nonviolent protesters that followed. Notice the police trampling the flowers that Mayor Mennino was supposedly protecting. The authorities have truly lost sight of what’s important.

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    “I will not tolerate civil disobedience in the city of Boston,”

    — Thomas Menino, mayor of the city where patriots staged the most celebrated act of civil disobedience in American history, The Boston Tea Party

    Occupy Dartmouth


    Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

    Twitter: @OccupyDartmouth

    Occupy Dartmouth will hold its first demonstration on the Hanover
    Green from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm EST today in solidarity with the over
    100+ Occupy movements around the world, including Occupy Wall Street
    and Occupy Boston.

    While the location and timing of the Occupy Dartmouth demonstration
    correlates with that of the 2012 Republican Presidential Debate, it
    must be made abundantly clear that this is not a protest specifically
    against the Republican Party.  The Occupy movements feature supporters
    from a wide variety of political affiliations, including Republicans,
    many or all of whom are disaffected with our political process.
    Anyone supporting a single candidate, party, or political ideology
    does not speak for all of Occupy Dartmouth, nor for any of the Occupy

    This demonstration is in part a response to the repeated violations of
    the occupiers’ First Amendment rights to peaceably assemble, as
    exemplified by the Boston Police at 1:30 am today, when they beat,
    tackled, and arrested United States veterans who were peacefully
    protesting near Boston’s South Station with an estimated 1000 others.

    Today’s event was initially organized by members of Students Stand
    with Staff, a non-partisan group formed to lend student support to
    both non-unionized and unionized employees of Dartmouth College.
    Occupy Boston, Occupy New Hampshire, Occupy Vermont – Burlington,
    Occupy Rutland, Occupy Keene and Occupy Worcester are all in support.

    Video, last night’s events:

    Video, Occupy Wall Street:

    Mass Arrests of Occupy Boston Protestors

    Over 100 Occupy Boston protesters arrested in massive police crackdown.

    At 1:20 am, police moved in with more than 16 police vans along with police cruisers and unmarked vehicles on Atlantic Avenue in downtown Boston. Officers dressed in black and equipped with plastic handcuffs surrounded part of the camp, protesters were given a five minute warning to leave or be arrested.  Most protesters remained, linking arms with each other and peacefully resisting.  Police moved in and, according to, “each protester was individually put on his or her stomach, cable-tied, and dragged off as others tore down tents and arrested and detained people on the fringe of the park.”

    Eye witness reports and video have come in showing that police dealt violently with members of Veterans for Peace who had come to support Occupy Boston. Other reports are still coming in regarding other instances of police brutality, but remain unconfirmed.

    Some street medics, clearly marked with red crosses, were arrested despite repeated requests for medical attention from some of the protestors. One street medic on the scene who was not arrested said that police refused to call EMTs. There have been no reports of pepper spray being used on protestors.


    Photo: police arresting veterans Boston police move in on protesters on Greenway, scores arrested

    Reuters: Tense night at Occupy Boston protest site

    1199SEIU Supports Occupy Boston

    For Friday, October 7, 2011, 12 pm  [Updated October 8 at 10:40 am]

    1199SEIU will back #OccupyBoston

    State’s largest healthcare union to lend resources, support to growing movement

    BOSTON, MA – The state’s fastest growing union—1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, which is also the state’s largest healthcare union—announced today that it will lend support and resources to the #OccupyBoston movement. Fourty-four thousand hospital, nursing home, home care, and clinic workers in Massachusetts are members of 1199SEIU.

    1199SEIU Executive Vice President Veronica Turner issued this statement today:

    Because we are of the 99%, 1199SEIU healthcare workers in Massachusetts stand in solidarity with the #OccupyBoston protesters and their demand that Wall Street be held accountable for the current economic crisis.

    It is time for large corporations and the super-rich to pay their fair share, so this country can invest in our communities, create jobs, and get back to work. It is time for Congress to pass the American Jobs Act to put millions of Americans back to work. Our country needs jobs, not cuts.

    The healthcare workers of 1199SEIU will join #OccupyBoston in the streets and will immediately begin dedicating resources—including medical and printing resources—to promote and sustain the growth of this important push for social and economic justice.

    Representing more than 44,000 healthcare workers throughout Massachusetts and 350,000 workers in Massachusetts, New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Florida, and Washington D.C., 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East is the largest and fastest-growing healthcare union in America. Their mission is to achieve affordable, high-quality healthcare for all. 1199SEIU is part of the 2.1 million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

    [This advisory was updated to reflect changes made by members of Occupy Boston. We are a horizontal democracy. Every voice matters. Every voice is heard.]

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