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Occupy Denied Day In Court

It took more than a year for Suffolk County prosecutors to come to their senses.
Scream On
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 22, 2013
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The musical activism of Boots Riley

When Occupy erupted last year, politically aggressive artists had the choice either to walk the walk or quiet down.
Hip-Hop
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 30, 2012
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Against strenuous odds and a 20-year incumbent, Mike Connolly tries to occupy the State House — without raising a dollar

It's Sunday at noon, and Mike Connolly is prepping with his troops by the Gold Star Memorial Library in East Somerville.
He Works Hard For No Money
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 19, 2012
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September 14, 2012

Look inside this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix
Look inside this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 14, 2012
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PHOTOS: NATO demonstrations in Chicago

#NoNATO actions in the Windy City
Scenes from the NATO protests | May 18-20
By JEREMIAH ROBINSON  |  May 18, 2012
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Photos: Occupy Boston's May Day rally

Occupy Boston participates in Occupy Wall Street's nation-wide May Day rally on May 1, 2012.
May 1, 2012
By P. NICK CURRAN  |  May 04, 2012


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Occupy buries capitalism

Seattle Occupiers threw bricks through windows. Oakland anarchists got tear-gassed. Chicago protesters shut down five Bank of Americas.
Rest in pieces
By  |  May 02, 2012
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As the weather heats up, so does the class struggle

With spring protests planned from Boston to the Bay Area, Occupy remains an unwieldy and unpredictable animal.
Occupy in bloom
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 27, 2012
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For Cherie King, paid employment doesn't bring shelter

According to a 2011 survey by the US Department of Mayors, Boston's homelessness rate is in moderate decline. Still, the plight of the working, struggling people on the street remains a real one.
The working homeless
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 09, 2012
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Dog daze

Letters to the Boston editors, March 9, 2012.
Letters to the Boston editors, March 9, 2012
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  March 09, 2012
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Occupy Boston: the movie!

John Forrester spent the past five months filming and editing two terabytes of raw digital Occupy Boston footage, captured between late September and December 2011.
Love story
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  March 02, 2012


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After a long winter of discontent, can Occupy Boston bloom again this spring?

It's been a long winter for Occupy. Chased from its marquee encampments — Boston included — the leaderless movement has struggled to maintain momentum, even as it's become a convenient target for desperate Republican candidates.
Organizing chaos
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 24, 2012
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Suit withdrawn; video series continue; new book emerges

As OccupyMaine activists withdraw their lawsuit against the city, they also continue to plan events and produce video installments of both OccupyMaine TV and The People's Mike for community-access television and online viewing.
Occupy Watch
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 24, 2012
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Anarchistic and self-trained, are street medics the future of first aid?

April 25, 2009: outside of the IMF/World Bank meeting in Washington, DC, police with batons are attacking a group of protesters.
Medic alert
By LIZ PELLY  |  February 17, 2012
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Rising Temperature

Occupy Boston is dealing with a deep and contentious issue, with no clear mandate one way or the other. To suggest that our process is flawed because it has allowed to our movement to be "hijacked" by provocateurs is probably incorrect.
Letters to the Boston Phoenix  editors, January 27, 2012
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 27, 2012
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Occupy, more occupy, even more occupy

I just read your article about the Occupy New Hampshire primary event ("A Wedding and Four Funerals," January 13).
Letters to the Boston Phoenix  editors, January 20, 2012
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 20, 2012


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As Occupy Boston struggles with a sex-offender ban, its weaknesses have been laid bare

It was after 10 pm on Tuesday, January 10, in the stale, bright basement of the Arlington Street Church, where now-nomadic Occupy Boston was holding a meeting.
Temperature check: Will the movement stabilize? Or will it splinter?
By LIZ PELLY  |  January 20, 2012
Capitol Offensive: Occupy Congress delivers message of national disapproval

Capitol Offensive: Occupy Congress delivers message of national disapproval


As legislators returned to Washington, DC, for the start of a new congressional session on Tuesday, January 17, hundreds of Occupy protesters from around the...
By Ariel Shearer  |  January 18, 2012

Homeland Security investigating TSA agent who allegedly assaulted #OccupyBoston tweeter


Wired reports that Homeland Security agents recently contacted a member of Occupy Boston to discuss one of the stranger incidents from OB's tenure in Dewey...
By Carly Carioli  |  January 13, 2012
In Jamaica Plain, anarchist writer Cindy Milstein speaks to radicals on Occupy’s roots: “There is a pre-history to this that we understand”

In Jamaica Plain, anarchist writer Cindy Milstein speaks to radicals on Occupy’s roots: “There is a pre-history to this that we understand”


Cindy Milstein smiles and talks with her hands to a room of 25 attentive listeners, mostly twenty-somethings and some older, all sitting in folding chairs....
By Liz Pelly  |  January 09, 2012
In Hell: On "Mexicans," Kiddie Beds, and Phone-Banking for Newt

In Hell: On "Mexicans," Kiddie Beds, and Phone-Banking for Newt


The best way to comprehend the nuts and bolts of the American political machine is to work for it. And so I did. For Newt...
By Daniel McCarthy  |  January 09, 2012


The Undecideds: Hanging with Huntsman, Occupiers, and People Who Don't Know Shit in New Hampshire

The Undecideds: Hanging with Huntsman, Occupiers, and People Who Don't Know Shit in New Hampshire


  Enough with all the bullshit about how much New Hampshire residents know about politics. And about how everyone who lives here has had numerous...
By Chris Faraone  |  January 07, 2012
Chasing Santorum: The Muppet Takes Manch-attan, Signs Baseballs

Chasing Santorum: The Muppet Takes Manch-attan, Signs Baseballs


 Dispatch from Boston Phoenix New Hampshire correspondent Dan McCarthy: MANCHESTER – Rick Santorum wants to be like Ronald Reagan in the 1980 campaign New Hampshire...
By Daniel McCarthy  |  January 07, 2012
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Occupy First Night

If the Boston Police Department had undercover officers embedded in the Occupy Boston First Night operation, they would have found a whole mess of juicy goods to bring back to the Suffolk County district attorney's office.
New year, same Occupy
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 06, 2012
[awesome video alert] Mr. Lif & Thievery Corporation - "Unified Tribes" (#Occupy Anthem)

[awesome video alert] Mr. Lif & Thievery Corporation - "Unified Tribes" (#Occupy Anthem)


I rarely hear Mr. Lif listed among the most, as they say, "political rappers." He's not mentioned alongside the more aggressive likes of Immortal Technique,...
By Chris Faraone  |  January 03, 2012
Couple Pics and Scenes from #OccupyBoston First Night Festivities

Couple Pics and Scenes from #OccupyBoston First Night Festivities


I hope that the Boston Police Department had a few undercover officers embedded in the Occupy Boston First Night operation. Whoever they sent deep into...
By Chris Faraone  |  January 01, 2012


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Occupy the future

After barreling straight ahead for more than three months, Occupy is at its first fundamental turning point.
As it evolves, the movement is building on a network laid down in the encampments
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 30, 2011
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Photos: #OWS protesters attempt to re-occupy NYC

Occupy Wall Street protesters gathered at Manhattan’s Duarte Square on December 17, 2011 (#D17 day of action) to celebrate the original protest’s 3-month anniversary by attempting to reclaim a space.
 Occupy Wall Street #D17 day of action | Duarte Square, NYC | December 17, 2011
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  December 23, 2011
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The Phoenix's Greatest Hits of 2011

We have to admit it: we're a little bit awesome. It's true.
Self-Aggrandizement Dept.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 23, 2011
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A longing look at 2011's lost liberties

You might already be outraged over San Francisco's Happy Meal ban.
Shit that got banned
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 23, 2011