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Occupy Boston - What is the Big Deal?

This Wednesday night, activists involved with Occupy Boston will come to JP explain why they are protesting.

While the pundits and news anchors can't wrap their minds around what motivates these protests, those who say "we are the 99 percent" have many moving stories to tell. Many of the protestors are quite articulate if given more than a sound bite to explain their reasons for camping out.

This Wednesday night come hear activists involved with the occupation explain why they are there, how they coordinate with Occupy Wall Street and other occupations across the country, and what is happening with the movement.

Andrea Gordillo, a research assistant at the Institute for Policy Studies, and student organizer for Occupy Boston will moderate a diverse panel. We'll hear from:

Bob Funke - Bob is a member Veterans for Peace, a veteran of the Vietnam War, and an active member of Occupy Boston.

Christine O'Connell - Christine has been working with outreach for Occupy Boston since early on through journalism for openmediaboston.org. She is an organizer for the Majority Agenda Project. Christine is 26 years old and currently unemployed due to a job related injury.

Bryan MacCormack - Bryan is a student activist who has been successful in Northeastern University's living wage campaign, the campaign against Sodexo (human rights violators in their food service practices), has been involved with the Mexico Solidarity Network, and is currently involved with Occupy Boston and was arrested last Monday night.

Q&A to follow.

When: Wednesday October 19, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Where: , 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain

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Meanwhile, a growing boycott is spreading against Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, and JP Morgan Chase. Boycotts, historically, can make a powerful statement. Already banks are arresting customers trying to close their accounts, hard to believe and yet the videos are clear: Bank of America, Citibank arrest customers. So not only did these banks commit fraud leading to the financial collapse that ruined our economy, while they got bailed out and paid themselves handsome bonuses, they are now arresting their own customers for trying to move their money. So absurd it boggles the mind, and that is why the boycott is spreading.

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c.madison October 19, 2011 at 02:11 PM
Have to work tonight but thank you for coming to JP with information.
Bill October 26, 2011 at 01:10 AM
Orion, thanks for this. Glad to see that some people are looking behind the media- fueled hype. As for the 99%, seems it's coming down to us AGAINST them, and vice versa. This type of monarchy or imperialism has always existed -- viva the French Revolution! -- but for decades it was hidden behind a facade of civility and the 99% were allowed at least a modicum of comfort and reward for their efforts. It appears the gloves are off now and the pretense has given way to outright need vs. greed. Gotta close now, I hear jackboots climbing the stairs.

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