What is it about being filmed that makes Austin Police so scared? Why is being filmed equated with physical interference or even threats of violence? Despite the risk that the arrests put on all local journalists, mainsteam media continues to repeat claims by Austin Police Association Wayne Vincent, Police Chief Acevedo and others that PSP presence incites violence rather than simply documents it. Peaceful Streets Project seems unmoved, however, holding emergency tactical meetings over the weekend and planning their expansion into other cities. They held their first rally in Houston, Texas today.
|By: Kit OConnell Monday September 24, 2012 7:15 pm|
|By: Scarecrow Sunday January 1, 2012 4:00 pm|
On New Year’s Eve, Brian and I delivered the 7 food/party platters we purchased from Shaws to OccupyBoston. We called Eric, one of OccupyBoston’s excellent logistics coordinators to whom we had previously delivered warm clothes from Occupy Supply, to meet us at the Shaw’s supermarket. He was there along with two volunteers that he brought with him. FDL’s Occupy Supply holiday meals gift card helped to defray the costs.
|By: Jane Hamsher Sunday January 1, 2012 1:00 pm|
Many thanks to everyone who has donated to Occupy Supply and kept the supply pipeline flowing. I know the supplies you’ve donated have kept more than one occupation going when the forces urging them to shut down were otherwise overwhelming. What a great way to start the New Year.
|By: Scarecrow Saturday December 10, 2011 4:00 pm|
A few days back, Boston Mayor Menino told the media/public (and indirectly the court considering an injunction) that he had no immediate plans to evict the Occupy Boston folks from Dewey Park. He just wanted the ability to do so if necessary for health/safety reasons. He was lying, of course, or we’ve just witnessed the fastest landscape planning and permitting exercise in the history of Boston.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday December 10, 2011 7:52 am|
Just after 5: 00 a.m. ET, dozens of police and vans rolled up to Dewey Square to evict the remaining occupiers. See comments from eyewitness/occupiers starting at comment 20 below. According to other reports, some of the occupiers sat and linked arms, but, per reports, about 46 were arrested. The camp is now dismantled. Protestors are now gathering outside the city court house awaiting word this morning on the release of those arrested. Another reports says a GA is scheduled for 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. tonight on the Boston Commons.
|By: dlp67 Friday December 9, 2011 7:03 pm|
Last night, when the eviction deadline for Occupy Boston arrived, I wasn’t able to make it down to Dewey Square. But I have a good friend who was able to go. Today I received this incredible letter describing what happened. When I told her how much her description had moved me, she agreed to let me post the letter for the FDL community. Here it is…
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday December 8, 2011 5:59 pm|
The world waits to see what will happen at midnight tonight, as Occupy Boston is evicted from Dewey Square in Boston by Mayor Thomas Menino. The moment has been creeping up on the occupiers ever so steadily since a week or two ago. After Occupy LA and Occupy Philadelphia were cleared, it was evident the city would be moving the occupiers out as soon as they could.
|By: dlp67 Thursday December 8, 2011 4:38 pm|
As reported, Occupation Boston yesterday received word that state court Judge Frances McIntyre lifted the temporary restraining order and denied the preliminary injunction paving the way for eviction. Mayor Thomas M. Menino quickly issued a statement that the city “strongly encourages” protesters to leave Dewey Square.
Although many observers had expected this result, this judge did something new. She created a new dangerous theory: “occupation” is conduct that is not entitled to First Amendment protection.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday December 8, 2011 10:20 am|
Less than twenty-four hours after having their camp cleared by San Francisco police, Occupy San Francisco held their ground at Justin Herman Plaza. The occupiers that aimed to regroup and even retake the plaza were surrounded Wednesday evening by at least seventy cops in riot gear. A General Assembly meeting was kettled.
Police targeted some individuals who were standing on the sidewalk. They also arrested a handful of people that tried to put up a tent. And they injured an occupier when they were arresting him.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday December 8, 2011 6:00 am|
A Boston judge earlier today denied Occupy Boston’s motion for a preliminary injunction and vacated a temporary restraining order that had effectively been providing protection from a city eviction. The judge ultimately disagreed with whether camping was protected speech and that is why she ruled in favor of the city.
Judge Frances McIntyre concluded in her decision, “While Occupy Boston protesters may be exercising their expressive rights during their protest, they have no privilege under the First Amendment to seize and hold the land on which they sit.” McIntyre decided that citizens occupying Dewey Square in Boston had were trying to permanently hold the land and that was not protected speech under the First Amendment.