BOSTON/Boston Common - On the surface it may look as though Boston Occupiers have been in a lull since being removed from their Dewey Square encampment last December. In reality, activists have allied with groups supporting families facing eviction, marched in solidarity with anti-racism protesters, and traveled throughout the U.S. to participate in peace and economic democracy actions.
But the local movement's momentum - both in media coverage and public support - has eroded somewhat as occupiers have dispersed.
Friday evening, about 75 stalwart activists took part in an Occupy Boston assembly in front of the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common.
Horizontal democracy and consensus decision-making was in full force as facilitators encouraged as many people as possible to address both long-term and short-term goals of the movement. Speakers identified themselves as proponents of a wide range of leftist beliefs: from anarchists to economic reformers to democratic socialists.
Much of the agreement in strategy and philosophy revolved around a universal distaste for so-called austerity measures that have led to wide and deep cuts in government budgets. Speakers decried public services being reduced while prices go up.
Corporations, especially banks, came under particular fire.
Two Boston police officers observed the entire assembly but kept a respectable distance between themselves and the participants.
OMB Audio: Mix of sounds and voices from the Occupy Boston Assembly, Friday, June 1, 2012 (12:21) [Note:explicit language used]