Occupy Boston

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Occupy Boston
Part of the Occupy movement
People gathered near Boston's Dewey Square during Occupy Boston on October 3, 2011
DateSeptember 30, 2011 (2011-09-30) – December 10, 2011 (2011-12-10)[1]
(70-1/2 days)
42°21′10″N 71°03′20″W / 42.3528°N 71.0555°W / 42.3528; -71.0555
Caused byEconomic Inequality, Democracy, Racism, Sexism, inter alia
GoalsFreedom, social justice, democracy, building a beloved community
MethodsDemonstration, occupation, protest, street protesters, Civil Disobedience, Direct Action
StatusOccupation ended
Arrests and injuries

Occupy Boston was a collective of protesters that settled on September 30, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts, on Dewey Square in the Financial District opposite the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.[2][3][4][5] It is related to the Occupy Wall Street movement that began in New York City on September 17, 2011.[6]

As of June 2012, Occupy Boston had continued to engage in organized meetings, events and actions.[7]


On October 10, 2011, the Boston demonstrators expanded a tent city onto an additional portion of the Rose Kennedy Greenway; starting around 1:20 AM the following morning, 141 people were arrested by the officers of the Boston Police Special Operations Unit.[8][9][10][11] Most of these cases were dismissed prior to arraignment with the agreement of the Suffolk County District Attorney's office. Tents were pitched in the following days, and by October 15 the camp itself had consisted of about 90 tents on either side of a path the protesters named, "Main Street," plus another two dozen or so tents divided up between the "Student Village" area and a strip of lawn the protesters named "Weird Street".[12][13]

A tent library, later named the Audre Lorde to Howard Zinn (A to Z) Library was set up at the Occupy Boston encampment with the mission to "foster inquiry, learning, critical analysis and information-sharing among Occupy Boston occupiers, participants and visitors in order to better understand, challenge and transform interlocking systems of oppression".[14]

Members of Occupy Boston marched with students at Harvard University on November 9, 2011, to create the Occupy Harvard in Harvard Yard.[15] The two groups later collaborated to interrupt a Newt Gingrich speech at Harvard on November 18.[16][17]

By November 17, 2011 a judge issued an order prohibiting the eviction of protesters from Occupy Boston.[18] On December 7, 2011 a Boston judge rescinded the temporary restraining order, allowing Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to remove the protesters from Dewey Square. At 5:00 AM on December 10, 2011, Boston police moved in and raided the Occupation of Dewey Square, with 46 people arrested.[19]

Police officers collected $1.4 million dollars in overtime from the city of Boston.[20]

The Boston Occupier[edit]

The Boston Occupier

The Boston Occupier was an independent newspaper that was born out of the Occupy Boston movement. The title was originally The Occupy Boston Globe, but was changed shortly before the first publication in order to avoid association with the Boston Globe.[21]

The newspaper launched in October 2011, with the first issue being released on November 18, 2011 with a run of 25,000 copies.[22] The paper was funded with donations from a Kickstarter campaign, which raised approximately $9,300 in donations.[23][24]


Video of Occupiers "mic checking" Newt Gingrich as he begins to speak

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  1. ^ 46 arrested as Occupy Boston camp closed - BostonHerald.com
  2. ^ "Occupy Boston Takes Over Dewey Square." Boston Globe, October 3, 2011
  3. ^ "Boston protesters: End corporate control of govt." Associated Press/Wall Street Journal, Oct. 3, 2011
  4. ^ John Stephen Dwyer "Who is occupying Boston, and why? Blast Magazine, October 5, 2011
  5. ^ Andrew Tran. "At Boston's Dewey Square, a protest of varied voices." Boston Globe, October 4, 2011
  6. ^ Occupy Boston
  7. ^ "Occupy Boston: Calendar". occupyboston.org. Occupy Boston. 6 October 2011. Retrieved March 3, 2012.
  8. ^ "More than 100 arrested in Occupy Boston protests Archived 2011-10-11 at the Wayback Machine." Boston Globe, 2011-10-11
  9. ^ J. David Goodman. "Video Shows Protesters Arrested in Boston and Washington." New York Times, October 11, 2011
  10. ^ John Stephen Dwyer. "141 arrested in Occupy Boston protest Blast Magazine, October 11, 2011
  11. ^ "Occupy Wall Street: 100 arrests at Boston protest." BBC News, October 11, 2011
  12. ^ John Stephen Dwyer. "Entrenched in Occupy Boston at the end of week two, Blast Magazine, October 15, 2011
  13. ^ Hard Times at Occupy Boston | The Nation
  14. ^ http://wiki.occupyboston.org/wiki/Audre_Lorde_to_Howard_Zinn_Library_(A_to_Z)
  15. ^ John Stephen Dwyer, "'Occupy Harvard begins on Harvard Yard", Blast magazine, 10 November 2011.
  16. ^ Quinn Norton, ""Occupy Harvard's an exclusive affair, but not by choice", Wired, Threat Level blog, 30 November 2011.
  17. ^ John Stephen Dwyer. "Occupy Boston and Occupy Harvard 'mic check' Newt Gingrich". Blast magazine, 19 November 2011.
  18. ^ Judge issues order barring Occupy Boston evictions
  19. ^ Occupy Boston Shutdown Early This Morning, 46 Protesters Arrested [Images] | BostInno
  20. ^ Police officers collected $1.4 million dollars in overtime from the city of Boston. « CBS Boston
  21. ^ Annear, Steve (November 17, 2011). "Protesters set to launch Occupy Boston newspaper". Metro Boston. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  22. ^ DeCanio, Lisa. "Read All About It: The Boston Occupier, the Newspaper for the Occupy Boston Movement". BostInno. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  23. ^ DeCanio, Lisa. "#OccupyBoston Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Occupy Boston Globe". BostInno. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  24. ^ Gurley, Gabrielle (30 January 2012). "The Boston Occupier goes old school". CommonWealth. Retrieved 10 August 2012.

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