Back in time..Occupy Boston Oct 13

Greetings from AstroDime Correspondant sam smiley

NOTE: This post is a little late (I wrote it October 13)  but in some ways it still applies because it is cold and rainy in Boston today too on October 20. As of today, Thursday Oct 20, Occupy Boston is in need of bales of hay. Probably to stem the tide of a lot of rain in the past few days.

I was taking the ferry from Provincetown, and it was a windy and rainy day. I biked off the ferry bringing some tarps from the hardware store and a loaf of portuguese bread. When I told the staff at the hardware store about this they were all thumbs up for Occupy Boston and were very supportive.

bike basket wtih a loaf of bread and tarp

astrodime delivery of tarp and portuguese sweetbread

I talked to Andy at the Logistics tent and asked him a few questions about his role. I asked him what the most challenging part of his role was and he said “the rain”. I asked him what they might need more of, and he said “good weather”. But he did say moms in minivans have been dropping off food and much needed necessities.  This weekend, Occupy Boston did get better weather on the weekend, but now the rain is back. Word is that they need raincoats, not the poncho that Andy is wearing because those don’t work that well.

andy to the left, "logistics" sign to the right

Andy at Logistics, Occupy Boston

In addition I took some other pictures which I am sharing. Below is a picture of “main street”. I was standing next to a reporter for New England Cable News Network (NECN) and he was preparing his copy..”the road to main street is lined with plywood”. He seemed pretty supportive.

wood sign with "main street" written on it

main street, Occupy Boston

sign saying Massachusetts Teachers Association Supports Occupy Boston

the sign says it all

I know that the Massachusetts Teacher’s Association supports Occupy Boston, but you can see from the sign that it is pretty rainy..anyone out there in the rain is pretty supportive. I know that the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) supports the Occupy movement as well.

As I walked around, I noticed there were so many reporters on the scene at the time..some dressed in suits, standing next to their cameras. Here’s one now looking for the media tent.

"Where's the tent?"

Below is a long shot of the encampment. if you want to read more about the protest this past weekend, look at AstroDime correspondant Gina Kamentsky’s post right before this one. And hope for some sun later today for Occupy Boston!

-sam smiley

wide shot of encampment oct 13, 2011

wide shot, oct 13 2011

Design and Activism

Gina Kamentsky reporting from Boston: I attended the “March and Rally to Stop the Wars at Home and Abroad” today from Park street to South station and was excited to see fellow members of the MTA ( Massachusetts Teachers Association) including a lovely woman who teaches at Sharon High school and several students from my design and animation classes at Mass Art.

One Minute for Peace

Some of the graphics that are being produced as this movement grows are wonderful, the image above is a condensed version of a fold out ( it’s 36″ long” and hard to scan!) that I was given by a member of the American Friends Service Committiee. The impact of this was immediate and powerful. Another image I love is this flag which is popping up all over the place.
march flag

Finally, here’s an interesting juxtaposition caught near South Station at the end point of the march. I love the multi layered meaning which emerges here.


Occupy Boston Oct 10 2011

sam smiley reporting from AstroDime..
I went Monday October 10..around 4pm to the base’s really well organized. It reminds me a little of the way Burning Man is set up..less art, but very clear where to go. It has a library, “spirituality tent”, postermaking tent, logistics tent, and more. I brought stencils and chalk and left them at the library tent. I wasn’t there later in the evening for the protests and ensuing arrests.

trusty bike basket with stencils and chalk

trusty bike basket with stencils and chalk

I thought a lot of the impact of social media on this gathering..lots of hand held signs but very few flyers. A media tent. And despite what the mainstream media says, a pretty coherent message..i really don’t think “anarchy” is a good way to describe this, although it is the word that mainstream media and “spinners” of the story are saying. Not everyone is holding the same sign but they generally seem to be there for the same reason..the effect of the economy problems of the U.S. on the largest groups of people, while the ruling class emerges unscathed from any financial disasters.

Here is where I am getting my information:
Twitter is most up to date:

A great news site, I love how they “occupied” the Globe concept.

And the Occupy Boston web site proper

various posters on a tent

various posters on a tent

nurses poster: heal america tax wall street

I saw lots of these posters

wagon with memorial

Dewey Square Oct 11 4pm

Dewey Square Oct 11 4pm