Monday, August 27, 2012
Many of the protesters who came out on Monday say they were pleased with the Tampa Police
TAMPA — The Tampa Police Department kept its word on Monday and did not interfere with protests groups as they marched through downtown Tampa. While the protesters often shouted at police as officers lined the streets boxing them into a designated route, the march finished incident free. Groups identified as "black bloc" groups attempted to break out of the police guarded areas at one point, but were unsuccessful and eventually moved peacefully north out of downtown. "I think they're keeping their word," Bill Lewis of Occupy Boston said. "So far I'd have to say that the police have been nice and are doing exactly what Chief (Jane) Castor said they would. I haven't seen any signs of indecency." Retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant John Debus …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Hundreds of concerned citizens took to the streets of the Financial District Tuesday to protest "tax-dodging" corporations.
A Massive group of protesters took to the streets of Boston’s Financial District late Tuesday afternoon to demand major corporations and the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans pay their fare share of federal and state income taxes. Jamaica Plain organizations and people were prominent in the protest. Organized primarily by the MassUniting Coalition and the Right to the City Alliance, the extremely lively and vocal tax day protest was aimed at the Commonwealth’s “most egregious tax-dodgers,” according to a press release announcing the rally and subsequent march, which snaked its way through the heart of the Financial District, and caused police to shut down both Summer and Franklin Streets for periods of time. Assembling at Dewey Square, …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
After being hacked last Friday, BPDNews.com came back online at about 2 a.m. this morning.
With rapper KRS-One’s now all-too-familiar “Sound of Da Police” music video intermittently popping up, Boston Police officers satirically discuss the “emotional trauma” they felt after the police department’s website, BPDNews.com, was hacked last Friday, in a light-hearted, video comeback of sorts at the hacking group “Anonymous.” “Normally, I sleep pretty well, but since the site went down, I haven’t slept a wink,” one officer says with a straight face in the YouTube video that was posted on the department’s Facebook page at 11 p.m. Wednesday. Another officer claims to have heard news of the hacking at – where else – Dunkin’ Donuts. A serious-voiced narrator also chimes in: “In the days after the hacking, fans of the page struggled to …
Friday, February 3, 2012
The online group "Anonymous" claimed responsibility for hijacking the site BPDnews.com, which provides information about the police and crimes.
UPDATE: As of 6:00 p.m. Friday, the URL BPDnews.com is routing to the Boston Police Facebook page. ~~~~~ The online protest group "Anonymous" is claiming responsibility for hacking the website of the Boston Police Department. BPDnews.com provides information about the police and news about crimes in Boston neighborhoods. The hackers say in a message on the hacked site "ANONYMOUS HACKS POLICE WEBSITE IN RETALIATION FOR POLICE BRUTALITY AT OWS." The hackers put a video of KRS-One's "Sound of Da Police" on the BPDnews.com homepage. The song compares police officers to plantation overseers during slavery. Here is a link to the Google cache of the site as it looked during the attack. (Hat tip to Universal Hub's Twitter feed for that live link…
Monday, December 19, 2011
In cooperation with First Church of Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist, activists in the Occupy JP movement have a tent set up for the next week on the historic church's front lawn.
On Sunday, local activists who had previously encamped in Dewey Square erected a tent camp on the lawn of a prominent JP church. In cooperation with First Church of JP Unitarian Universalist, the camp memorializes Lance Corporal Alex Arredondo and other soldiers who died in recent U.S. wars. On Sunday, Reverend Terry Burke delivered a sermon on the theme of "Occupy Christmas." "Our church yard is temporarily graced with an empty tent belonging to Carlos Arredondo; he and his wife Melida have an extraordinary ministry of peacemaking. Camp Alex honors Carlos’ son Alex who was killed in Iraq. It was at the entrance to Occupy Boston, and reminds us that the issues of peace and economic justice still need to be addressed," Burke's written …
Monday, December 12, 2011
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Saturday, December 10, 2011
Members of Occupy Boston held a general assembly meeting this morning at Copley Square.
Police raided the Occupy Boston camp in Dewey Square, across from South Station, Saturday morning at about 5 a.m. Some 46 people were arrested, according to Boston.com. Photos on the Boston Herald website showed police walking through the camp of tents with bullhorns with some residents of the camp holding signs declaring their constitutional rights to stay there. The displaced group later held a general assembly at Copley Square in the Back Bay and live streamed it on its website. A notice on the group's website said another general assembly will be held Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Boston Common bandstand. Details of the activity at Dewey Square as well as opinions supporting the movement and opposing the movement were posted on …
Friday, December 9, 2011
Residents from all around the Greater Boston area joined up at Dewey Square last night to support Occupy Boston after the City implored protesters to leave by midnight.
Occupy Boston protesters were not forced to leave Dewey Square Thursday past midnight - the deadline set by the City of Boston, for protesters to leave. Instead protesters were seen throwing out much of the makeshift tent city throughout the day, after city personnel distributed flyers telling protesters they were to move by midnight are they could be arrested for trespassing. Leading up to the midnight deadline, the Occupy Boston protest swelled as people gathered to sing, dance, chant and more. One Somerville couple even moved up their wedding from their plan of May to an impromptu marriage ceremony with the Occupy chaplain. On Wednesday a Suffolk County Superior Court judge ruled that the City could evict protesters.
Police tell protesters they have at least another night in Dewey Park, despite violating a trespassing notice issued Thursday. One couple celebrated the evening by getting married.
Thursday night, as members of the Occupy Boston movement braced for a potential confrontation with police in Boston's Dewey Square – a confrontation that didn't occur, it turns out – protesters had an unusual reason to celebrate. Two members of the crowd, Aaron Spagnolo, 33, and Nanore Barsoumian, 28, decided to hold an impromptu vow exchange with one of the chaplains of Occupy Boston. The couple, from Somerville, had been engaged for a year. “You know, we kept taking about it, every time there's a protest or something like this – 'why don't we just get married in the middle of it?'” Spagnolo joked. “...Well, the chaplain is here, and I said, 'what the heck, let's just do it.'” “(We) will never forget,” Spagnolo later tweeted. “I couldn't …
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Suffolk County Superior Court Judge declined on Wednesday to issue an injunction stopping the protesters from being evicted.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has let the protesters of Occupy Boston know they have until midnight tonight to vacate Dewey Square. On Wednesday, a Suffolk County Superior Court judge chose to not issue a preliminary injunction stopping the protesters from eviction. Read the 25-page court ruling here on CBSBoston. On Wednesday night Menino issued the following statement after the ruling: “We are pleased with Judge McIntyre’s strong decision to repeal the restraining order that prohibited the City of Boston from removing the Occupy Boston camp at Dewey Square. We applaud the judge for clearly recognizing the City’s authority to protect all of our residents, including those currently at Dewey Square. Our first priority has always been and will …