It was a lot less street theater this time around, and a lot more action. On December 20, emboldened by the success of anti-eviction protests against a “Google bus” in San Francisco’s Mission District the week prior, residents and activists in the Bay Area organized simultaneous blockades of “tech buses” in the Mission and Oakland. Read more at Truthout .
With next to no planning and little experience with labor law or direct action, all four workers on the late-night shift at the Insomnia Cookies store in Cambridge, Mass., walked off the job on August 18, declaring themselves on strike. Fed up with inadequate wages, long shifts without a break and no benefits, they timed the strike to begin with Insomnia’s midnight rush, causing maximum financial damage to the firm. Read more at Waging Nonviolence .
Sometimes when I’m riding around, I think about how when I first became an everyday, all-season cyclist, only 5 years ago, Boston didn’t even have bike lanes on Comm. Ave. Needless to say, we’ve come a long way since then. As recently as 2006, Boston was named by Bicycling Magazine as one of the worst cities for cycling in the United States. Read more at The Media
These days, it seems like just about everything in our society is designed to keep us apart from one another. As a fellow pedicabber remarked recently—ironically enough, using Facebook— “…the more we interact with Facebook, the less we interact with faces and books.” Read more at Versus News
The national week of actions against the Keystone XL pipeline called for by the nonviolent direct action group Tar Sands Blockade is supposed to run from March 16-23. Activists in Massachusetts decided they wanted to turn up the heat a little early. On Monday, March 11, 2013, at about 10:30 AM, over 100 protesters stormed the Massachusetts offices of TransCanada, the company that stands to profit most from the pipeline’s construction. Read more at Truthout
I’ve been thinking a lot about Occupy, lately. Perhaps it’s the slow, plodding force of a familiar New England winter allowing me to reflect on that period with some degree of clarity for the first time. Something that keeps coming up in my head as a moment where I let myself down, and have hopefully learned from, is my involvement in the eviction of Occupy LA. On the surface, the raid defense would seem to More
(^^Yeah, I miss doing this every night^^) On and off for the last 4 years, I’ve lived in Allston, a neighborhood in Boston known for decades as a meeting place for artists, musicians, punks and other counter-culture types. In my years here, I’ve seen the DIY music community both flourish and falter. In recent months, our community has come under assault by the Boston police. Many long-standing collectives and show spaces have either been evicted, More
While it has been widely written and discussed that Occupy Wall Street and the broader Occupy movement are at their core, fundamentally anarchist projects, very little has been written from the inside about the experiences of activists and organizers working under the Occupy banner who identify as such. While Occupy tends to operate on core anarchist structures and principles, and many of the initial organizers of OWS were indeed self-identified anarchists, the movement is More