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    Please Join Occupy Boston’s Financial Accountability Working Group for a Community Conversation About Finances @ Tonight’s GA

    The Financial Accountability Working Group (FAWG) would like the Occupy Boston community to hear FAWG’s story, to consider its history, to feel its distress, to understand its observations and concerns, to think about Occupy Boston’s relationship to FAWG and to money, and to engage in a brainstorming session to decide what’s next.

    During this evening’s General Assembly at Camp Charlie, FAWG will share background information, provide current updates, and lead a community discussion. Facilitators will take notes during small group sessions and capture key ideas, issues and concerns on easel pad paper. FAWG will ask for your feedback to determine possible next steps. All the information will be made available for review on FAWG’s wiki page and in an email sent to the Community Forum email list providing those unable to be present tonight with the ability to learn what was discussed.

    FAWG anticipates a follow up discussion to this initial conversation approximately one week after the information has been posted to the wiki and the Community Forum email list.

    FAWG asks all Occupy Boston members to attend this very important event and to participate in this discussion. Please spread the word!

    Today: March and Reoccupation Party at Camp Charlie! (Plus Other Upcoming Occupy MBTA Events)

    Following last night’s state-ordered temporary dismantling of Camp Charlie, Occupy MBTA will be returning to the State House today to reoccupy and continue our fight for a public transit system that works for the entire 99% of Massachusetts.

    Please join us at the Parkman Bandstand on the Common at 5:00 PM, when we’ll march back to the State House in full force to reclaim Camp Charlie and to demonstrate that stifling our free speech and our right to assembly will only make us stronger. We’ll be rebuilding camp, planning for the final 4 days of this occupation, and showing that our community will not be that easily discouraged. If you’d like to show your solidarity with the Occupiers who were evicted last night by spending the night tonight, then please by all means bring your own sleeping bag!

    Also, don’t miss these great Camp Charlie actions and events taking place tomorrow (April 11):

    8:00 AM — Greet the Commuters

    We’ll be at Park Street Station with banners and flyers to greet morning T commuters and engage them in conversation about the Occupy MBTA campaign and the larger fight for transit justice. Meet at Camp Charlie at 8:00 AM — if you’re not already there from the night before!

    NOON — Screen Printing

    The Occupy Boston Screen Print Guild will be holding a public screen printing workshop. Bring anything that you’d like to have printed — t-shirts, fabric, bags, etc — and join in on the fun!

    4:00 PM — Ride the Rails

    Come Ride the Rails with us to spread the word to Boston’s subway riders about Camp Charlie, the Occupy MBTA campaign, and the broader Occupy Boston community. We’ll be meeting at Camp Charlie at 4:00 PM for a brief training, after which we’ll be setting out in teams to connect with Boston’s rush-hour commuters and recruit them for the movement through speaking, leafleting, and distributing copies of the Boston Occupier. Let’s seize the unique opportunity to engage thousands of T commuters about the issues that could immediately impact them — the cuts, hikes, and layoffs — as well as the deeper issues that they raise for us all. See you there!

    Please note: Ride the Rails will meet every day at 4:00 PM at Camp Charlie until the occupation has run its course.

    6:00 PM — Crash Course on The MBTA Budget Crisis

    Over the years, the MBTA’s financial viability has been wrecked by Big Dig debt, forward funding, and interest rate swaps ($26 million owed annually to Wall Street banks). The MBTA now possesses a total debt load of $5.2 billion and counting. How did the MBTA get into this position? What are the current proposals on the table? And how does this occupation fit into this plan? Come join us to find out!

    The Latest Issue Boston Occupier Is Out Tomorrow (3/14)! Distribution Help Needed!

    The latest issue of the Boston Occupier is coming out this Wednesday (March 14). We want to get the word out — all over Boston and beyond — that our movement is growing, changing, and as urgent as ever. We need help distributing all 15,000 copies of Issue #6!!! Here’s the game-plan:

    • Our big distribution push will be the Wednesday afternoon commute. We need volunteers!!! We’ve found that the best strategy is actually to ride the T, moving from car to car, passing out papers to riders. This is especially appropriate because we are covering the ongoing protests against MBTA fare hikes & service cuts. Volunteers should meet at 5 pm at Encuentro 5 (33 Harrison Ave, 5th floor, Boston). (If you can’t come until 5:30 or 6 pm, that’s ok too.) It’s more fun to go out in pairs, so hopefully we’ll have enough volunteers to make that possible. So, come and spread the Occupy news!
    • Copies of the paper will be available for anyone and everyone to pick up, beginning at 2 pm on Wednesday at Encuentro 5 (33 Harrison Ave, 5th floor). They’ll be there all week! Please take a stack and commit to distributing them in your community (small stacks in cafes, libraries, bookshops, laundry mats, community centers, waiting rooms, campuses, etc). In this issue: Occupy the T, rallies for Harvard’s library workers, March 1st student protests, Occupy & race, International Women’s Day, the mortgage fraud settlement, and more!
    • If you are a part of another local-area Occupy movement, a union, or a community organization that’s willing to distribute papers — let’s make it happen! Send questions or suggestions about distribution to Julie O ( — or, better yet, just pick up a big pile of papers from E5.
    • Also available with this issue is our new subscription service, part of our effort to raise funds and make the Boston Occupier sustainable for the foreseeable future. Read about it online here. I hope you’ll encourage those you know to subscribe to the paper!

    Please feel free to respond to me ( with any questions, ideas, or suggestions. Thanks!

    Health Justice Working Group to Host Monday’s Community Gathering

    A Solution to Disparities in Healthcare: Single-Payer (socialized) Health Insurance. “Nobody Out! Everybody in!”

    On Monday, March 12, two members of the Health Justice Working Group, Cassie Frank, a full-time primary care physician and longtime activist, and Jim Recht, a psychiatrist, addictions specialist, and chairman of the Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), will present on single-payer health insurance to the community.

    The United States suffers from great unmet medical needs. Infant mortality rates are greater and life expectancy is shorter than in any other developed nation. Yet, the United States spends more than twice as much on healthcare than any other country.

    What has gone wrong? One of the main causes of high infant mortality and shortened life spans is the country’s health insurance system. Our current system is based on multiple, redundant, private health insurance corporations competing for profit. Competition for profit and market share create the wrong incentives and make it impossible for these corporations to deliver affordable, comprehensive care to the 99%

    The solution is a single, nationwide healthcare program; insurance by a single payer. Such a single-pay system would cover every person, automatically, for comprehensive medical care without deductibles or copays.

    There is no need to wonder, “How will we pay for this?” In fact, we are already paying for it by pouring money into those multiple, redundant, for-profit health insurance corporations. Sadly, we are just not getting what we think we are paying for.

    Come and learn more at 6pm, Monday, March 12 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul (138 Tremont)!

    For more information, contact Jim Recht, MD at

    #D17 Actions!

    Capitalism Rocks!

    This is very serious business.

    Ironic “Pro-Corporate” March
    12-2 pm leaving from the Parkman Bandstand (Boston Commons)

    Mayor Menino has said that he’d “hate our city to ever be associated with anti-corporate protests.” In an effort to be accommodating, we’re calling for an (ironic) “Pro-Corporate” March that should be right up his alley.

    Come on out in your finest 1%er costume and bring signage to match!!!


    You get the idea.

    ~2-4 pm at the Commons

    We’ll relax, eat, and socialize between actions. If you can, bring enough food to share!

    Occupy Boston Tea Party
    ~4-5 pm leaving the Commons

    The Boston Tea Party wasn’t just a direct action against the British government; it was also directed against the abuses of the monopolistic East India Company. Sound familiar?

    Join us as we make this historical connection explicit by re-enacting the Boston Tea Party, Occupy-style. Please bring small signs to label crates full of things that YOU would like to dump into the water. Also: as much fake money as you can manage!

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