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Activist groups already occupy Boston’s urban neighborhoods; they justnever had a single platform to conjoin the multitude of ongoing efforts.

Activist groups already occupy Boston’s urban neighborhoods; they just never had a single platform to conjoin the multitude of ongoing efforts.

In a town hall-style forum tonight, Occupy The Hood Boston will make that connection.

An offshoot of the Occupy movements nationwide, without the tents, the meeting will focus on social injustices in Roxbury, Mattapan, Dorchester and surrounding areas and form teams concentrated on battling back against violence, drugs and the housing crisis.

It is the second time the group will hold a formal meeting, but already they have hosted marches and protests around the city.

“It’s a big funnel,” said Roxbury activist Jamal Crawford. “[OTHB] is funneling all the broader stuff and getting it through a spigot to get people to various focus points.”

Crawford said rather than “reinvent the wheel,” OTHB “ushers and diverts” those interested in the movement to programs already established.

The event tonight will feature updates from representatives of Occupy Boston, who announced early on their solidarity with the urban group.

Group organizer Jesse Winfrey, a Roxbury native, said he is impressed with the amount of outreach work OTHB has done since its inception three weeks ago.

“I hope we can continue to show that the community has a voice and be inclusive in the process to open it up to everybody,” he said. “This event is a good way [to do that].”

Their latest efforts include conjuring up a list of local food pantries to send donations to through a group-sponsored food drive.

Follow Steve Annear on Twitter @steveannear.

 
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