Hey, there! Log in / Register

Dewey Square to be occupied this Friday

After two nights of meeting on the Common, the Occupy Boston people have decided to launch their occupation at 6 p.m. on Friday in Dewey Square. No word if the revolution will be catered by Clover.

Neighborhoods: 
Topics: 

Ad:

Comments

What do these people seek to accomplish? Other than completely screwing up the traffic at that light from the South Station exit?

If they were smart they could protest in front of 245 Summer, Fidelity's home office. Sheesh!

up
Voting closed 0

if they stand in the road.

up
Voting closed 0

Anyone who looks at mostly young citizens marching in the street protesting the corruption of Wall Street and the harm it spawns, and decides that what is warranted is mockery and scorn rather than support, is either not seeing things clearly or is motivated by objectives other than the ones being presented.

For those who believe that protests are only worthwhile if they translate into quantifiable impact: the lack of organizational sophistication or messaging efficacy on the part of the Wall Street protest is a reason to support it and get involved in it, not turn one's nose up at it and join in the media demonization.

up
Voting closed 0

I think many more people are aware of the things corrupting our society and political process than your words would credit. Just because we choose not to participate doesn't mean we don't realize there are some issues separating our society from something more ideal. But for the vast majority, we are doing okay just the same. So why would we place effort in taking down a society that actually, for the most part, suits our needs warts and all? Compound that with the fact that many of us have responsibilities that we can't simply drop for the higher good. People have children who need to eat, mortgages that need to be paid, elderly parents that need care. We aren't going to drop all of these things just because something doesn't smell right.

What we see on Wall Street, and maybe soon in Dewey Square is people free from responsibility. I'm glad that there will be somebody to hold up some signs and shout and disrupt traffic and maybe get somebody to think a bit more deeply. But revolution requires numbers. To get enough people to risk what they have now, they have to be suffering a great deal. For the most part, we aren't suffering in this country. What is possible, and what you should work toward, is evolution. I have three children. I'm working as hard as I can to make sure they understand the social contract, and how they can use their life time of achievements to make the world better for all, not just to enrich themselves. They might make a difference some day, but it will be through good actions, not by marching in the streets and chanting slogans.

up
Voting closed 0

I can completely relate to your sentiment but it makes me want to throw myself off a bridge it is so cynical. So, until the shit finally rises up to your nostrils, that's when it's time to inconvenience yourself and do something? (I ask that of myself as well as of you -- I mean I'm not going to be camping out there.)

No doubt there are a large number of trustafarians in these groups. No doubt we'll check in on them in ten years and they'll be part of the problem. But some people might be free from responsibilities and able to participate in these protests not necessarily by choice. That bastion of marxist-hippie journalism, MarketWatch, speaks to this a bit.

In Massachusetts we are doing better than many other states. And if you are a member of the shrinking middle class you're probably doing okay. White and middleclass, a little better still. But do we have to wait until everything and everybody is in the shitter before we do anything?

No solutions here, but I feel like the answer has to be more than my kids will be altruistic.

up
Voting closed 0

I just don't see people hurting enough to rise up. So I guess my point boils down to the idea that protests of this sort are likely to be counterproductive. By no means am I saying that everybody with lofty ideas should go out and have a bunch of kids, but I do think that's a more realistic time line. If things get really bad before then, no trustafarian will be needed to lead a protest.

up
Voting closed 0

These losers give a bad name to the 99%. The Herald has it right:

Would-be protestors who said they want to duplicate the “occupation” of New York’s Wall Street in downtown Boston last night were unable to determine exactly what they wanted to protest, or where, when or how.

The loosely organized mashup of 200 or so people, with disparate causes, listened to speeches from people encouraging backyard gardening, people mad about executed murderer Troy Davis, and those on welfare who want more welfare. Others railed against corporate America, big banks and foreclosures, and unemployment. Some wanted to “occupy” the city’s Financial District, but one person mentioned the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

up
Voting closed 0

What a sad bunch. I thought the purpose was pretty clear, no? I don't expect this to last another 5 weekdays, perhaps not even survive this weekend.

up
Voting closed 0

with their dissatisfaction with neofeudalism, and the 1%'s stranglehold on government.

up
Voting closed 0

Wall Street Journal notices.... ... 11 days later.

up
Voting closed 0

"The Herald has it right."

You lost me right there.

up
Voting closed 0

Tea Party Newsletter.

up
Voting closed 0

. . . and watch Jon Stewart and then vote for one of two candidates corporate money throws in their faces.

up
Voting closed 0

Sheila Bair, the former head of the FDIC, made this point in front of a skeptical audience of banking industry bigwigs in March:

I would like to propose to you a radical-sounding notion. And it is that increasing the size and profitability of the financial services industry is not – and should not be – the main goal of our national economic policy…

In policy terms, the success of the financial sector is not an end in itself, but a means to an end – which is to support the vitality of the real economy and the livelihood of the American people… let’s be completely honest – in the period that led up to the financial crisis we did not get the job done.

up
Voting closed 0

...it's Chris Dowd for the WIN!!

up
Voting closed 0

The financial sector in this country has been taking up a larger and larger share of the economy as the rest of us have fallen further and further behind. The big banks and investment firms who helped cause the crisis and the recession haven’t been fully reined in or held accountable.

That matters, and people around the country get it. We talk to thousands of Americans in their neighborhoods every week, and they understand the real-life effects of Wall Street’s outsized power: the failure of the economy to create good jobs at good wages, the powerful influence of corporations in our politics, the difficulty of keeping a roof over your family’s head. post

up
Voting closed 0

small group of angry people who want the rest of us to know that they are angry. Wonderful.

up
Voting closed 0

Nearly everybody evacuates that area by 5pm on a Friday ... unless they stop somewhere for drinks with the coworkers. By 6pm its pretty much a ghost town in the financial district.

Our building is even pretty much shut down by 5:30, and on evening/weekend security.

up
Voting closed 0

the weekend nesting.

up
Voting closed 0

William the Conqueror timed his invasion of Britain for when the English were in the northeast, battling Norwegian invaders.

up
Voting closed 0

So Occupy Boston is timing its sit-in for when Financial District workers are in the suburbs, enjoying the weekend? Brilliant strategy.

up
Voting closed 0

This is preposterous. Why don't they just have it at 3am on Sunday? Better yet, why don't they meet at 6pm on Friday and decide how to plan a protest that might actually accomplish something?

up
Voting closed 0

We all know how this will play out. The protestors will be met by police on overtime dressed as ninja turtles. One of the protestors will provoke the cops by spitting on them. The cops will respond by macing the crowd sparking a stampede.
Two things for sure youtube will have several new videos complaining of police brutality, the other is several cops flush with overtime will hookup with female protestors at Clarks and plan a weekly party

up
Voting closed 0

If you protest over a weekend, you don't need to take any vacation days. Or are these unemploymed people - aka people with liberal arts degrees and MacBooks?

Could they do maybe an 'Occupy Chinatown' and while they are there, pick up some of the trash? Funny how people are ready to jump up and participate in useless protests (like not to invade Iraq protests 8-9 years ago) but they can't be bothered to pick up an old copy of the Metro.

Nice priorities, folks!

I don't feel oppressed by the government and I'm not filthy rich...so am I in the 99%, the 1%, or some other percentage? Obviously people with math skills did not think up this protest.

up
Voting closed 0

Can you really take a guy like this seriously who is chewing gum as he gives his little speech? How charming.

up
Voting closed 0

Isn't the last Friday of the month the critical mass ride? So they could meet up at Copley and ride on over to the occupation...

up
Voting closed 0

If it weren't for the financial industry, the bike couriers wouldn't have any work!

up
Voting closed 0

Shutting down south station will be easy but you better not stick your gum on the benches at South Station or a T-cop will get all medieval on you ass.

up
Voting closed 0