Occupy Boston: Let them eat birthday cake

This was the only tent at Occupy Boston's one-year anniversary demonstration at the State House. It did not grace the grass at Dewey Square during the afternoon march.

Occupy Boston supporters got together at the State House Sunday to celebrate the first anniversary of the Dewey Square camp out with cake, food and music before topping it off with a march to the Greenway stomping grounds, but with a lackluster turnout and little evidence of change since last September, the movement has appeared to fizzle.

At noon, about 60 people descended on a drizzly Beacon Hill – but it looked as though it was equal parts Occupiers, media and looky-loos.

There were bongos, a few lone musicians, brownies, pasta salad, black balloons, and lots of birthday cake, as well as signs that read, “This is what democracy looks like” and “Still here Occupy.”

Someone pitched a tiny red tent, and wrote the message “U r being cheated, ” and supporters filled a big gray sack with garbage bags, and labeled it “debt” and “student loans.”

A fake pig’s severed head was perched on a box on the Beacon Street sidewalk – open to interpretation – and there were a few clustered conversations about capitalism and politics, spurts of short-lived chanting, and no soapbox speeches.

But for the dedicated few who showed up, the Occupy movement is still very much alive.

“It is rare that you can walk down a street in this country and find someone who does not know the term ‘the 99 percent.’ That is an unbelievable success,” said Bil Lewis, an Occupy Boston supporter.

When asked about whether the movement has lost its momentum, Occupier Steve Revilak said:
“Over the past year, yes, there are fewer people involved, but the people who have remained with it I think are incredibly dedicated and incredibly energetic about what they’re working on.”

By mid-afternoon, more supporters joined the demonstration, and by 3 p.m., 200 chanting Occupiers were trickling into Dewey Square, where more than 20 Boston Police officers were waiting.

Police there said tents of any kind were off limits, and with no public speakers slated for the Dewey Square gathering, Occupiers mostly milled about the space with mild energy. A black banner rested on the grass, with a message: “Get off your knees we got sold out.”

The sun made an abrupt appearance about 40 minutes into it, prompting a few hoots and howls, but no rowdiness.

Although Boston Police had eight cars and one paddy wagon ready to go, as of deadline no arrests were made, and a spokesman for the department described the demonstration as “peaceful in manner.”

Police had no estimate Sunday as to how much the extra security cost the city.

After last year’s Dewey Square occupation ended, the Greenway’s
Executive Director Nancy Brennan estimated the cleanup cost would run
the conservancy $40,000 to $60,000, a far shot from the $15,000 they
anticipated.

During their first week of occupation, protesters
vowed to help restore the land when they left, and in December reported
raising $3,000 to go toward the refurbishment.

A spokesperson for
Occupy Boston told Metro Sunday, “I do know that we were prepared to
help and to my knowledge the Greenway said no. And moved so fast, we
didn’t have a chance.” The spokesperson also said the organization has
“not gotten much beyond small, specific donations.”

Sunday’s demonstration left the square unscathed.

“Last year we were having marches of about 2,000 people, so it’s clearly diminished,” said Ryan Mosgrove, a UMass Boston student and Occupy Supporter.  “I mean, honestly, I think a big factor is that Occupy wasn’t able to win anything concrete, and we weren’t able to have a victory, which is always damaging to any movement. Because of that it’s sort of driven off a lot of people.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

California passes 'yes-means-yes' campus sexual assault bill

Californian lawmakers passed a law on Thursday requiring universities to adopt "affirmative consent" language in their definitions of consensual sex, part of a nationwide drive to curb sexual assault on…

National

Syrian refugees top 3 million, half of all…

By Stephanie NebehayGENEVA (Reuters) - Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighboring countries as of Friday, but many remain trapped by the advance…

International

North Korean leader's money manager defects in Russia:…

A senior North Korean banking official who managed money for leader Kim Jong Un has defected in Russia and was seeking asylum in a third country, a South Korean newspaper…

Local

MAP: New York City Street Closures August 29,…

The Department of Transportation and NYPD said there may be residual delays near all of the street closures on August 29, 31 and 31. Several streets and avenues will be…

Going Out

'Friends' coffeehouse Central Perk coming to NYC —…

"Friends" is coming back for a one-off special: "The One with the Free Coffee." Warner Bros. is bringing a pop-up replica of Central Perk, the…

Movies

Interview: 'As Above, So Below' directors: 5 ways…

The fraternal directors of the found footage horror "As Above, So Below" dish on the best ways to frighten the bejesus out of audiences.

Movies

Criterion's new Jacques Demy box mixes the light…

Jacques Demy, the most effervescent of French New Wave filmmakers, gets a Criterion box all to himself, with classics like "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg."

Entertainment

Comedian Joan Rivers, 81, rushed to New York…

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Acerbic comedian and fashion critic Joan Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on Thursday after she reportedly…

NFL

3 things we learned in the Giants preseason…

The final score didn’t matter — a 16-13 win by the Giants — but it would’ve been nice to finally see Big Blue’s new-look offense get on track.

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

U.S. Soccer

5 facts about new England captain Wayne Rooney

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named as the new England captain by coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday.

NFL

Jets vs. Eagles: 3 things to watch

A win on Thursday night at the Eagles would give the Jets a 3-1 record and just their second winning preseason under head coach Rex Ryan.

Style

Trend: White hot on the 2014 Emmy's red…

White was one of the big trends on the Emmy's red carpet.

Food

Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…

Wellbeing

4 healthy ingredient swaps to make your meals…

When it comes to eating well, everyone knows they could be doing better. But cooking in an apartment on a busy schedule is a recipe…

Wellbeing

Heart trumps brain when it comes to movies…

When you need a good cry, do you reach for the movie that’s “based on a true story”? Science says you’re giving your brain far…