Mississippi to vote on reversing abortion rights by redefining ‘person’
MISSISSIPPI– Mississippi voters will be allowed to vote on an initiative that seeks to reverse abortion rights by redefining the term “person” to apply at the moment of conception.
The state’s supreme court refused to block the amendment, which will now appear on the general election ballot on 8 November. A majority of the justices said they could not rule on whether measures were constitutional until voters of the legislature had had a chance to pass them.
Civil rights campaigners criticised the court ruling and described the measure as “harmful to women”
Nsombi Lambright, executive director of the ACLU of Mississippi said: “We’re disappointed with the ruling. A measure will be on the ballot that will allow the government to dictate what is a private matter that’s best decided by a woman and her family, within the context of her faith. Mississippi voters should reject this intrusive and dangerous measure.”
Bear Atwood, legal director of the ACLU of Mississippi, said: “This initiative is extreme and could severely undermine women’s access to birth control, in vitro fertilization and life-saving medical procedures.”
It is part of a swing across conservative states, particularly in the south, towards legislating for life to begin at conception, thus undermining piecemeal Roe V Wade, the landmark US supreme court ruling that set out the right to abortion.
October 31, 2011
St Paul’s Dean Graeme Knowles resigns over protests
LONDON– The dean of St Paul’s Cathedral in London has resigned, saying his position had become untenable. The Rt Rev Graeme Knowles said the past fortnight had been a testing time. It follows weeks of protests outside the cathedral by anti-capitalist protesters, which led to the building being closed for several days. The news comes as the City of London authorities prepare to order protesters outside St Paul’s to remove their tents and equipment within 48 hours. Dean Knowles, who occupied the most senior decision-making position at the cathedral, said he was stepping down “with great sadness”.
“It has become increasingly clear to me that, as criticism of the cathedral has mounted in the press, media and in public opinion, my position as dean of St Paul’s was becoming untenable. In order to give the opportunity for a fresh approach to the complex and vital questions facing St Paul’s, I have thought it best to stand down as dean, to allow new leadership to be exercised.”
It follows last week’s resignation of Dr Giles Fraser, who had been sympathetic to the activists.
In a statement responding to the resignation, Occupy London described the management of St Paul’s Cathedral as “deeply divided” over its response to the protests.
October 31, 2011
Graffiti art honours Egypt’s revolution
ALEXANDRIA– Since revolution swept through Egypt earlier this year, street art has appeared across the Arab country. As part of a graffiti project initiated by the Goethe Institute, German street art collective Ma’Claim has been invited to paint several murals in Alexandria, the hometown of Khaled Said, whose alleged murder by two policemen in the street in June 2010 contributed to sparking the revolution.
The first mural, finished on 23 October, consists of four panels depicting a sea of clenched fists punching the air, with each panel bearing a single hand offering the peace sign. “It’s about the power of a movement,” said Ma’Claim member Andreas von Chrzanowski, aka Case. The German artist also intends to paint a portrait of Said in Cairo, although he said finding a suitable wall in the Egyptian capital is difficult “as there is military everywhere.”
The project reflects the growth of graffiti art in Egypt, where more and more people are taking to the streets to express themselves. “From late-February until mid-March lots of people covered most of the walls in Alexandria with different types of wall paintings,” said Daniel Stoevesandt, the director of the Goethe Institute in Alexandria. “Graffiti has been used to keep the memory alive of those who died or disappeared during the revolution and therefore the medium has become very important.”
October 31, 2011
ASUC to discuss bill in support of protests against potential tuition hikes
CALIFORNIA—Shortly after the University of California student regents presented on the financial crisis facing the university, a bill supporting rallies protesting potential tuition hikes was proposed to the ASUC . SB 118 — also called the “Bill in Support of the November Days of Action” — supports a walkout and noontime rally on the UC Berkeley campus to occur Nov. 9 and 10. The demonstrations are meant to protest the consequences of a $2.4 billion budget gap the UC faces over the next four years, which could result in drastically higher tuition.
The bill would also provide financial support for transporting students to the UC Board of Regents’ November meeting, where the board could potentially discuss a long-term plan to increase revenue for the university.“I’m hoping that the day of action (will) raise awareness about the divestment of public education and that it will give students a sense of what is really at stake,” said co-author of the bill CalSERVE Senator Andrew Albright.
The bill is co-authored by Albright and Cooperative Movement Senator Elliot Goldstein. Every student should know the financial data the UC Office of the President and the regents are using to make long-term decisions, said UC Student Regent-designate Jonathan Stein.
“It’s important that students are constantly in front of influential decision makers, but you don’t have to protest in order to be an active part of the student movement,” he said. “You don’t have to put on a suit and lobby in Sacramento.” Students can spread the word about the fiscal situation by talking to peers, he said.
October 28, 2011
Occupy Las Vegas plan protests, zombie walk
LAS VEGAS—People occupying the lot near Tropicana Avenue and Paradise Road spend their days planning—they’re planning a local concert, a zombie walk for Halloween and more protests. The Occupy Las Vegas group plans to hold a series of demonstrations outside banks and the Vegas version of France, the Paris hotel and casino.
Group members upset about the economy and bank bailouts will gather Friday outside the Bank of America branch at 300 S. 4th Street from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., according to a media release sent from the group. Another protest will be held at a Wells Fargo branch at 4425 Spring Mountain Road from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 4.
Group members on the campsite or connected via the Web have decided the banks specifically, said participant Gina Sully, a UNLV graduate student. “Those two banks are leading in foreclosures,” said Sully, adding that Occupy Las Vegas want their protests to be meaningful.
Supporters of the movement will also meet in front of the Paris at 3 p.m. on Saturday to protest the G20 economic summit happening in France.According to Sully, the Paris location was chosen as a symbolic site that would express solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement.
October 28, 2011
Board cuts $350,000, awaits data on dispatch issue
BUFFALO—Orchard Park Town Board members reached no conclusions Wednesday night on whether to move police and emergency dispatching to another municipality. But the board did make about $350,000 in cuts to the proposed 2012 budget, eliminating 3 percent raises for many workers and cutting funding to cultural organizations.
Among the changes agreed to:
• Forgoing raises for elected officials and non-union workers, saving $287,000.
• Eliminating $27,900 in grants to youth service organizations.
• Cutting senior citizen group expenses to $17,000, from $33,000.
• Eliminating $4,000 for the Orchard Park Symphony, $10,000 for the Council of the Arts, $1,200 for the Orchard Park Chorale and $1,500 for Chamber of Commerce holiday lighting.
Some board members had problems with the cuts. Supervisor Janis. A. Colarusso said community groups should be given grants for next year and also be told that there will not be the money available in 2013.
October 28, 2011
Tahrir Square takes U.S. embassy in Cairo in solidarity with protesters in Oakland,
CAIRO— Friday 28 October at the third evening of Tahrir Square to the headquarters of the U.S. embassy in Cairo in solidarity with protesters in Oakland, California to protest the use of U.S. police last Wednesday violence and methods of repression, beatings with the use of tear gas and sound bombs and clashes between demonstrators and police forces to the injury of many of the protesters and taken to hospitals in addition to the arrest of dozens of protesters in the state of Atlanta, where U.S. police arrested 53 demonstrators and prevented them from demonstrating peacefully – the movement of the occupation of Wall Street is a movement started, New York, U.S. on 17 September last year to condemn the world financial system.
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October 27, 2011
MSA University students stage strike to protest high fees
EGYPT- Open-ended campus sit-in at Modern Science and Arts University enters third week as students demand lower tuition fees, better educational facilities
Students at Egypt’s Modern Science and Arts (MSA) University have now been on strike for one full week, boycotting lectures and classes to protest high tuition fees, a lack of administrative transparency and poor educational facilities. Students began their strike on 17 October and have since been staging an open-ended sit-in on campus.
October 25, 2011
Gov. Rick Scott to reallocate funding to STEM majors
Florida- UCF’s liberal arts programs may experience deep cuts this upcoming year due to the governor’s plan to reallocate university funding.
Last week, Gov. Rick Scott made several statements implying that degrees such as anthropology are less valuable to the job market than other majors and should not receive as much state funding as science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs.
These fields of study are commonly known as “STEM” disciplines, and they have received boosts in funding since Scott has taken office.
October 25, 2011
The Guerilla Girls support OCCUPY MUSEUMS
NEW YORK- Kathe Kollwitz of the Guerrilla Girls tell ANIMAL: “We support all the Occupy groups and that includes Occupy Museums! We wish we could have been there yesterday.” While the Guerrilla Girls were busy with activist workshops in Chicago this week, we spotted this protestor at Zuccotti Park referencing the collective.
The organizer Noah Fischer takes a cue from the legendary Guerilla Girls, who began to challenge major museums with actions, shows and “weenie counts” after MoMA’s 1985 “International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture” only included 17 women out of 169 participating artists. Fischer takes aim at the institutions’ non-gender-specific elitism, “…Witness an era of luxurious art fairs while millions are losing home and jobs. So much about museums today reflects a top-down society where the rest of us are supposed to be mesmerized by the glamour at the top. We Occupy the big museums as both real ties to Wall Street fraud money and as symbols of a culture thats been stolen from the 99% by the elites. When we Occupy Museums, we’ll be announcing and demonstrating a new era of culture that is for everyone.”
However their still remains skepticism towards Occupy Museums, since private galleries, art fairs and auctions filled with millionaires are perhaps better targets than museums that have free days and cultural programs and are more accessible and are mandated for the public.
October 24, 2011
Artists Space Occupied Briefly
NEW YORK—On Saturday, during a talk about conceptual art at the gallery, Georgia Sagri, a Greek artist, suddenly rose and shouted out, “This is an occupation,” witnesses said. About a dozen other people joined Ms. Sagri in declaring the gallery, Artists Space, an autonomous zone. They handed out fliers and taped pieces of pink paper to a wall headed “Rules of the Space.”
Those rules included “this space is occupied,” “anyone can sleep here,” “no police” and “no press.” Then the group, calling itself Take Artists Space, issued a statement on its Web site: “The newly acquired occupied space in Lower Manhattan, which, unlike Zuccotti Park, provides luxurious bathroom and central heating, has just conducted its first official general assembly,” the group said, adding, “What this space needs now is bodies with voices.”
Artists Space responded with its own online statement: “The group currently occupying Artists Space have done so without our consent. So far it has not been clear to Artists Space staff or its board what purpose or cause this occupation serves.”
Stefan Kalmár, the executive director and curator of Artists Space, said that he chose not to call the police. He said he did not consider the occupiers dangerous and thought there was a possibility that they might reach an agreement that would allow the occupation to continue without disrupting the gallery’s work.
During several meetings on Saturday, he said, the protesters complained that the art world had become less about aesthetics and more about profit, with paintings, sculptures and other art forms being treated primarily as capital.
Although the point was valid, Mr. Kalmár said, he thought it was misapplied to Artists Space, a nonprofit gallery founded in 1972. The most recent show there, which closed Oct. 16, was “Anarchism Without Adjectives: On the Work of Christopher D’Arcangelo (1975 – 1979).” Mr. Kalmár said the next show, “Comment,” which is to open Saturday, would address the ways major museums have come to resemble corporations.
Mr. Kalmár said the occupiers had told him that they selected Artists Space because they believed the institution to be sympathetic to their cause. At the height of the occupation on Saturday night, Mr. Kalmár said, about 60 people crowded into the gallery to join the discussions, eat pizza and drink beer. Several people slept inside Artists Space, he said, which he permitted with the proviso that the occupiers refrain from damaging gallery property, going onto the roof or hanging banners out the windows.
At noon on Sunday, about 30 people sat in a circle on the wooden floor of the gallery for a general assembly. The occupiers announced on their Web site that they would screen two films that night inside the gallery, “Squatting in Hamburg” and “Empire St. Pauli,” a film about gentrification in Germany.
But the screenings were not to be. Mr. Kalmár said that after a laptop computer disappeared, he contacted the gallery’s board members. A majority directed him to oust the occupiers, and that night he did so. Two security guards stood by, and the occupiers left with little incident, witnesses said.
“It was not a bad idea as a project,” Mr. Kalmár said of the occupation on Monday. But he added that he was disturbed by the behavior of some protesters and the confrontational tone adopted by some.
October 24, 2011
More Jobs Predicted for Machines, Not People
NEW YORK– A faltering economy explains much of the job shortage in America, but advancing technology has sharply magnified the effect, more so than is generally understood, according to two researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The automation of more and more work once done by humans is the central theme of “Race Against the Machine,” an e-book to be published on Monday.
Erik Brynjolfsson, an economist and director of the M.I.T. Center for Digital Business, and Andrew P. McAfee, associate director and principal research scientist at the center, are two of the nation’s leading experts on technology and productivity. The tone of alarm in their book is a departure for the pair, whose previous research has focused mainly on the benefits of advancing technology.
Technology has always displaced some work and jobs. Over the years, many experts have warned — mistakenly — that machines were gaining the upper hand. In 1930, the economist John Maynard Keynes warned of a “new disease” that he termed “technological unemployment,” the inability of the economy to create new jobs faster than jobs were lost to automation.
But Mr. Brynjolfsson and Mr. McAfee argue that the pace of automation has picked up in recent years because of a combination of technologies including robotics, numerically controlled machines, computerized inventory control, voice recognition and online commerce.
October 24, 2011
Bringing art discourse to the deaf
NEW YORK– A panel discussion held tonight at the Italian Cultural Institute of New York explores a new book that bridges the gap between visual art and sign language. The Dictionary of Contemporary Art in Italian Sign Language, edited by the Education Department of the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art and the Turin Institute of the Deaf, presents a collection of 80 signs created to guide the hearing-impaired through the contemporary art world.
The book is result of a programme that began at the Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Turin in 2006, which aims to create a sophisticated non-spoken language about contemporary art. In the dictionary, each new sign for a term is explained with a written summary and is accompanied by an illustrative work of art.
The book is published by Umberto Allemandi Editore (which also published The Art Newspaper) in both Italian and English.
October 21, 2011
The Smithsonian and New-York Historical Society Race to Preserve Occupy Wall Street’s Art and Artifacts
NEW YORK– The Occupy Wall Street protests are already making for a historical movement — and museums aren’t about to let that moment slip away from them. Major historical institutions including the New-York Historical Society and the Smithsonian Museum of American History have been sending representatives to the protests to collect ephemera for preservation, assembling the building blocks for future exhibitions on the movement’s impact.
Historical Society staffers have been gathering materials from Zuccotti Park for the past two weeks, scooping up a packing box’s worth of flyers and posters, according to Jean Aston, the institution’s library director and executive vice president. She said they hope to obtain examples of the artwork on display at the protests as well.
It’s hardly the first time that the society has sourced primary-source material from political events as they happen, according to Aston: the museum has 23 floors of stacks holding “thousands and thousands of photographs and ephemera and broadsides, going all the way back to the 18th century,” she said.
October 21, 2011
Arts coming to Canadian Parliament Hill
OTTAWA—Representatives from Canada’s arts community will be on Parliament Hill next week to meet with politicians and ask them for one thing: Don’t cut funding to the arts. But they’re also not asking for any increases in federal arts funding, aware that economic realities won’t likely permit increases in funding. “Because Canada is in a relatively more positive economic position, it has the opportunity to retain some strategic investments,” said Shannon Litzenberger, a member of the Canadian Arts Coalition.
Arts Day on Parliament Hill will take place on Oct. 25. Members of the Canadian Arts Coalition will meet with some 120 Members of Parliament. Litzenberger, a Toronto-based dancer, said the annual, non-partisan event has attracted the interest of politicians from all parties. MPs that meet with artists will hear three requests:
That the federal government maintain funding levels to the arts through the Canada Council for the Arts at the 2011-12 level of $181 million for the 2012-13 fiscal year.
And that the government maintain funding to arts, culture and heritage programs delivered by the Department of Canadian Heritage.
“We’re not coming forward with ask for increases like in the past,” Litzenberger said. “We’re trying to demonstrate our work is important to the economy of the country and the social well-being of the country.”The only new funding the artists will be asking for is the $10 million, but Litzenberger said that money would reverse cuts made to foreign cultural investments in 2008. If the government is looking at enhancing foreign policy, arts and culture can play a key role in any initiatives, Litzenberger said.
October 20, 2011
Anonymous Was A Woman,Ten Women Artists Receive Large Grants
Anonymous Was A Woman announced the ten artists selected to receive the Foundation’s sixteenth annual awards. The “no strings” grant of $25,000 enables women, over 45 years of age and at a critical juncture in their lives or careers, to continue to grow and pursue their work.
2011 Award Winners: Eleanor Antin (Artist); Linda Besemer (Painter);Dara Birnbaum (Visual Artist); Andrea Bowers (Artist); Ann Hamilton (Artist / Installation); Yoko Inoue (Visual Artist); Jungjin Lee (Artist / Photographer); Mary Miss (Artist); Sheila Pepe (Artist); Judith Shea (Sculptor)
Lauren Katzowitz Shenfield, director of the program, explained, “Anonymous Was A Woman Awards are synonymous with important recognition in artists’ personal and artistic development. The financial gift helps artists buy time, space, materials, and equipment, often at early stages of a new project, and, sometimes, recover from traumatic life events. In itself, the Award helps artists feel recognized and honored by other distinguished women who seek no credit for the role they play.”
The name of the grant program, Anonymous Was A Woman, refers to a line in Virginia Wolf’s A Room of One’s Own. As the name implies, the nominators and those associated with the program are unnamed. To date, 161 women have received the award. Each year, an outstanding group of distinguished women – art historians, curators, writers and previous winners – serve as nominators.
October 20, 2011
Greece Shut by General Strike Before Austerity Vote
ATHENS - A massive general strike brought Greece to a standstill on Wednesday and thousands of angry protesters took to the streets, while parliament prepared to vote on deep public sector cuts and riot police braced for violence. Protesters began massing outside parliament as the day began and groups of workers assembled at rallying points throughout the capital before a mass demonstration later in the day. Beleaguered Prime Minister George Papandreou has appealed for support from Greeks ahead of a vote later Wednesday on tax hikes, wage cuts and layoffs demanded by international lenders who have been pressing Athens for tougher action.
Unions who have called a general strike to coincide with the vote say they expect one of the biggest labour actions in the two years since the start of Greece’s financial crisis, which now threatens to spread across Europe’s single currency zone. The mood was hostile among the protesters. Unions, the opposition and some economists say repeated cuts will only drive Greece’s stricken economy further into recession. Many called for the downfall of Papandreou’s Socialist government.
“We want them out because they can only bring us misery. They are squeezing people dry,” said Dina Kolovou, 46, a municipal worker. “This is going to be a huge protest.”
The 48-hour strike will shut down government departments, businesses, public services and even providers of everyday staples, like shops and bakeries. Some 150 domestic and international flights were cancelled. Authorities said 5,000 police were deployed in Athens, with another 2,000 held in reserve.
October 19, 2011
Occupy Frankfurt: The Anti-Bankers Movement Spreads to Germany
Frankfurt- Thousands of people protested outside the European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, on Saturday in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has spread across much of the world.
A diverse group of people including students, the unemployed, the elderly, and young families with children protested corporate excesses and government austerity measures with placards bearing slogans such as “Smash the Dictatorship of Capitalism” and “Don’t Sell Out Democracy at the ECB,” according to local media outlets.
Others demonstrators held up placards with slogans such as “You are speculating with our lives” and “You are betting our future,” while demanding taxes on financial speculation.
October 19, 2011
The Inequality in US Arts Funding
U.S.A– The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy has published a report that spotlights arts funding and has this to say:
Each year, foundations award about $2.3 billion to the arts, but the distribution of these funds does not reflect the country’s evolving cultural landscape and changing demographics.
In a report authored by Holly Sidford and titled, “Fusing Arts, Culture and Social Change: High Impact Strategies for Philanthropy,”she had this to say in theExecutive Summary:
… the majority of arts funding supports large organizations with budgets greater than $5 million. Such organizations, which comprise less than 2 percent of the universe of arts and cultural nonprofits, receive more than half of the sector’s total revenue. These institutions focus primarily on Western European art forms, and their programs serve audiences that are predominantly white and upper income. Only 10 percent of grant dollars made with a primary or secondary purpose of supporting the arts explicitly benefit underserved communities, including lower-income populations, communities of color and other disadvantaged groups. And less than 4 perfect focus on advancing social justice goals.
The bigger question here is if the public is going to fund the arts, who should it serve and who gets to decide?
October 18, 2011
Violence erupts as Chile students launch fresh protests
Chile- Students demanding free higher education on manned barricades Tuesday in a new round of protests that were greeted by police armed with tear gas and water cannons, police said.
“There are various place in the capital where the barricades have been set on fire,” a police official said, asking not to be identified.
In some areas, students hurled Molotov cocktails and there were reports of a local transport bus being set ablaze. It was not immediately known if there were any casualties linked to the violence.
TUSCANY– Robots and automated cars will soon require our cities to become machine-readable.
The real model for tomorrow’s city is a tiny medieval town in the Tuscan countryside called Peccioli. With a quarter of the town’s residents above pensionable age, even the populace seems antiquated. Yet Peccioli is at the forefront of Europe’s technological revolution. A collaboration with the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa that began in 1995 made the town a testing ground for advanced research into aging, telepresence, alternative energy, environmental protection, and more. It was here that free-roaming robots first began working alongside the public.
After a demonstration in 2009, a pair of robots named DustCart took over municipal waste collection in the heart of Peccioli for two months in 2010. After residents called to request a pickup, the robot’s supervisor (an artificial intelligence named AmI) would dispatch the nearest DustCart to the client, whose rubbish would be collected and carried to a sorting station.
It might seem disappointing that in the 21st century, our best consumer robots are ambling waste collectors like Roombas and DustCarts. Why has the rise of the robots not been as meteoric as expected? While machines can easily outperform humans when it comes to simple, repetitive tasks, they have great difficulty operating in novel environments. These limitations kept them chained to the monotonous predictability of the production line and, for the most part, out of public sight. When free-roaming machines finally arrived, they took first to the air—the arena in which they encountered the fewest obstacles.
If robots are to become an everyday presence, the usual thinking goes, they’ll have to be able to function in a completely uncontrolled environment. However, I think the inverse is likely to be true: In the future, we will sculpt our environment to become more robot-centric to accommodate their needs.
October 18, 2011
Julian Assange Joins Protesters as Occupy Wall Street Goes Global
LONDON– Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, out on bail and fighting extradition to Sweden, showed up to Occupy London Stock Exchange and addressed the crowd at St. Paul’s Cathedral where, according to reports, he discussed crimes at Guantanamo Bay and money laundering in the Caymen Islands and in London.
“This movement is not about the destruction of law, it is about the construction of law,” Assange said. “I just wanted to say, we are all individuals.”
Assange didn’t stay long, presumably exiting after his speech to make it home for his 10pm curfew.
October 18, 2011
Australia parliament passes divisive carbon tax
AUSTRALIA– Australia’s lower house of parliament has narrowly passed a bill for a controversial carbon tax. The legislation would force about 500 of the biggest polluters to pay for each tonne of carbon dioxide they emit.
The tax is central to the government’s strategy to combat climate change, but the opposition says it will cause job losses and raise the cost of living. Australia is the world’s largest coal exporter and one of the biggest per capita greenhouse gas emitters.
“Today is a significant day for Australians and the Australians of the future who want to see a better environment,” Prime Minister Julia Gillard said before the vote.
Along with a companion bill for A$300m ($298m; £191m) in assistance for the Australian steel industry, it is expected to pass the Senate with the help of the Greens next month.
October 17, 2011
In Canada, ‘Occupy Bay Street’
TORONTO- Protesters took to the streets of Canada’s financial capital Saturday, kicking off “Occupy Bay Street,” as demonstrators around the world converged on cities from London to Sydney, copying the Occupy Wall Street protests that have convulsed New York and other U.S. cities.
The protesters were relatively small, with police on site estimating crowds of about 2,000. The crowds centered midmorning in the financial district of the city, home to the country’s main stock exchange and the headquarters of Canada’s biggest banks, clustered around Bay Street.
Seemingly unaffiliated protesters joined organized labor groups in the protests. Similar demonstrations were planned for other Canadian cities, from Calgary in the western province of Alberta to Montreal in French-speaking Quebec.
Like the protesters in the U.S., who have massed in a public square near Wall Street in recent days, the Canadian protesters have fashioned themselves as the voice of an overwhelming majority of Canadians, who they say have been left behind by the economic damage of the global financial crisis and its aftermath.
October 17, 2011
Cornel West arrested while protesting outside the Supreme Court
WASHINGTON—Princeton Professor Cornel West, one of the most outspoken supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement, was arrested Sunday in front of the Supreme Court while protesting corporate power.
According to a report from The Associated Press, West was one of 19 people arrested for refusing to leave Supreme Court property.
The October2011.org movement, the group leading the “occupation” of Washington’s Freedom Plaza, led an estimated 250 people to protest the Supreme Court Sunday afternoon. The group explained on its web forum that West and others “climbed on the steps of the Supreme Court and denounced court decisions that have produced money-based elections that empower corporations.”
October 17, 2011
Occupy Wallstreet Park Cleaning Postponed due to Political Pressure
Protesters and authorities appeared to be headed for a showdown early Friday until it was announced around 6:30 a.m. that Brookfield will postpone its cleaning plans for the time being. Hundreds of people massed at the Lower Manhattan park erupted in cheers at the news.
Bloomberg, who on Wednesday night visited the park to tell Occupy Wall Street participants that they would have to clear out Friday to allow Brookfield Properties to clean, said the company was “inundated” from calls from elected officials, though he said he did not know which officials made the calls.
“Brookfield got lots of calls from many elected officials threatening them and saying if you don’t stop this we’ll make your life more difficult,” the mayor said on his radio show Friday morning. “If those elected officials would spend half as much time trying to promote the city and get jobs to come here, we would go a long ways to answering the concerns of the protesters.”
Many of the protesters had begun cleaning the park themselves Thursday in an attempt to head off Brookfield’s plans. On Friday morning after the announcement, Matthew Arkyck continued sweeping the park.
“You’ve got to keep it clean, people have to live here,” said Arlyck, 36 years old. “It seems like the longer they keep it clean the longer they can justify not having sanitation.” He added that he believed Brookfield delayed the cleaning because a large crowd had convened on the site.
October 14, 2011
EMERGENCY CALL TO ACTION: Prevent the forcible closure of Occupy Wall Street!
NEW YORK—Tell Bloomberg: Don’t Foreclose the Occupation. Please join us at 6AM FRIDAY for non-violent eviction defense. Occupy Wall Street appears to be gaining momentum, with occupation actions now happening in cities across the world.
But last night Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD notified Occupy Wall Street participants about plans to “clean the park”—the site of the Wall Street protests—tomorrow starting at 7am. “Cleaning” was used as a pretext to shut down “Bloombergville” a few months back, and to shut down peaceful occupations elsewhere.
Bloomberg says that the park will be open for public usage following the cleaning, but with a notable caveat: Occupy Wall Street participants must follow the “rules”. These rules include, “no tarps or sleeping bags” and “no lying down.”
So, seems likely that this is their attempt to shut down #OWS for good.
PLEASE TAKE ACTION:
1) Call 311 and tell Bloomberg to support our right to assemble and to not interfere with #OWS. If you are calling from outside NY use this number 212-NEW-YORK.
2) Come to #OWS on FRIDAY AT 6AM to defend the occupation from eviction.
Occupy Wall Street is committed to keeping the park clean and safe — we even have a Sanitation Working Group whose purpose this is. We are organizing major cleaning operations today and will do so regularly.
If Bloomberg truly cares about sanitation here he should support the installation of portopans and dumpsters. #OWS allies have been working to secure these things to support our efforts.
We know where the real dirt is: on Wall Street. Billionaire Bloomberg is beholden to bankers.
We won’t allow Bloomberg and the NYPD to foreclose our occupation. This is an occupation, not a permitted picnic.
October 13, 2011
Todd White of Spongebob Squarepants and Art World Fame Accused of Fraud with His Own Work
CALIFORNIA—Todd White, the SpongeBob Squarepants illustrator who either took out a Huntington Beach gallerist with a team of ninjas or is protecting the free world from art fraud and copyright infringement, now has the suit against him rising to class-action status. The plaintiff, Gallery HB’s Margaret Howell, who started the legal tug-of-war with her original allegations of violence, theft and intimidation by the Hollywood artist and martial arts buff.
Howell in early August filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court that claims White hired thugs to attack and rob her of his internationally renowned paintings before forcibly taking over her space at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach. She alleges this happened the evening of Aug. 2 at the gallery through the early morning hours of Aug. 3 at her Fountain Valley home. Her suit seeks $5.5 million from White.
After calling Howell’s suit and version of events “totally absurd,” White filed a counter-suit in federal district court in Los Angeles in late August accusing her of fraud for supposedly making unauthorized copies of his work and selling them at her gallery.
The artist claims that on the night of what Howell has characterized as an attack, his representatives confronted her at the gallery, got her to admit to selling unauthorized copies of work by him and other artists and were voluntarily handed the art pieces to settle their dispute. The artist also said he informed the Hyatt before his representatives went to The Gallery HB to retrieve his work and the phonies, and that no one attacked anyone.
White is alleged to have trained his former manager and others how to hand-number, hand-embellish, and forge his signature on the limited-edition prints, and the complaint singles out a 2007 event at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula where the artist’s manager is accused of fraudulently signing “Todd White” on hundreds of certificates of authenticity. The suit names two classes of victims: art galleries who bought and resold the allegedly forged artwork and any individuals who bought inauthentic Todd White artwork. On behalf of these groups, Howell wants another $5 million from White.
October 13, 2011
Call for NYC Student Assembly in Solidarity with #OccupyWallStreet
NEW YORK—An invitation was recently put out for all University, College, and High School students to participate in a weekly student assembly to be held Saturdays at Noon at Washington Square Park.
This Saturday Oct. 15th, after the Assembly many will be joining a series of day-long actions happening across the city.
These weekly assemblies will plan and discuss student actions including: occupations, walk-outs, coordinated campaigns, and joint outreach. Faculty and education workers welcome.
Boston mayor says he sympathizes with Occupy protesters, but they can’t tie up the city
BOSTON— Mayor Thomas M. Menino today defended the arrests of scores of Occupy Boston protesters in a section of the city’s Greenway park, saying he agrees with them on the issues but they couldn’t be allowed to “tie up the city.” “I understand they have freedom of speech and freedom of expression, but we have a city to manage,” he said in a telephone interview. “I’m open to suggestions, but civil disobedience will not be tolerated.”
The early morning arrests of the protesters, who have gathered downtown in recent days to criticize the financial industry and social inequality, began at about 1:20 a.m. Police said late this afternoon that 141 people had been arrested. “The message they are saying … is the middle class of America is having a difficult time. That’s the issue they are trying to get across,” Menino said. “I agree with them on the issues. Foreclosure. Corporate greed. These are issues I’ve been working on my entire career. But you can’t tie up a city,” he said. He said protesters had crossed two lines, first, by marching on the North Washington Street Bridge and threatening to tie up traffic and, second, by expanding their campground to a newly renovated area of the Greenway that the city had asked them to stay off.
The Occupy Boston protest is one of the offshoots of the Occupy Wall Street protest that began in September in New York City. The loosely organized movement has recently begun drawing attention from Democrats and unions. Earlier Monday, hundreds of college students had marched through the city’s streets in a show of support. Occupy Boston describes itself as the “beginning of an ongoing discussion about reforming Wall Street and removing special interests from government” and it says it is just one of more than 120 encampments nationwide.
October 12, 2011
Pushing the limits of mind control
U.K- The inner workings of the brain can now be read using low cost hardware.
The headset, which was developed by the Australian company Emotiv, for the games industry, has been around for some time. But it is only now that companies such as IBM are beginning to harness the wealth of data that it can provide. Using software developed in-house, researchers have linked the Emotiv to devices such as a model car, a light switch and a television.
Control signals come from two main sources; electroencephalography (EEG) measurements of brain activity, and readings of nerve impulses as they travel outwards to the muscles.
New techniques for processing such information are enabling sophisticated real world applications. Already the team at IBM has used the system to help a patient with locked-in syndrome, whose healthy, active mind became trapped in a motionless body following a stroke.
“We linked the headset to the IBM middleware, and when he pushed the cube on the screen, that behaved like a click of the mouse – so he was able to use the computer,” explained IBM’s Kevin Brown.
October 11, 2011
OccupyWallStreet’s Art Exhibition: Celebration and Harsh Realities
NEW YORK- Last Saturday, No Comment, an art exhibition in response to Occupy Wall Street at the historic JP Morgan Building opened. Sandwiched between the New York Stock Exchange and Federal Hall, this exhibition was the closest the protesters have gotten to actually occupying a Wall Street building with their signs and messages of economic struggle.
No Comment was born from a collaboration between Occupy Wall Street and the artist collective Loft in the Red Zone that set up a tribute to September 11 in the JP Morgan building in early September. Caught in the middle of the protest and blocked by police barricades, the 9/11 show remained empty for weeks. But on Saturday night the first floor of the JP Morgan building was packed with people, including protesters, artists and OWS virgins who came to see what the movement is all about.
October 11, 2011
Irony Be Damned, Israel Will Build Its Museum of Tolerance Atop a Muslim Graveyard
JERUSALEM- Despite opposition from Palestinian leaders who say that a 12th-century Muslim cemetery is located underneath the site, the Israeli interior ministry has authorized construction to begin on the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem.
A new design by Chyutin Architects will cost $150 million less than the original Frank Gehry plan and was approved by the city of Jerusalem last month before receiving the official building permit from the interior ministry on Tuesday, the Jerusalem Post reports. The interior ministry, which got involved because of the controversy surrounding the choice of the site, said in a statement that “the project presents architecture that is modest and thoughtful, and contributes to the creation of a public space that is fitting for the area on a local and urban level.”
For Arab activists, there is nothing fitting about the project. They challenged its legality, but the Israeli Supreme Court ruled in favor of the government in 2008, ordering excavators to remove unearthed graves and bones to an alternate location along the edge of the site but outside the area where the museum is to be built, according to the AP. Yitzhak Reiter an Israeli political scientist, estimated in an interview with Israel Radio, that remains from 400 graves have been removed.
October 11, 2011
Women celebrating Nobel win attacked in Yemen
YEMEN- Forty women were wounded in Yemen’s second largest city when regime supporters attacked an all-female street celebration of the Nobel Peace prize win of Tawakkul Karman.
The women were attacked on Sunday evening (local time) in the city of Taez as they marched in support of Ms Karman, the first Arab woman to win the prestigious award.
“We were attacked by regime thugs with empty bottles and stones,” an organizer said on condition of anonymity.
The Nobel Prize Committee awarded Ms Karman the 2011 Peace Prize, recognizing her role in the months of peaceful protests in Yemen that have called for president Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down after 33 years in power in Sanaa.
The prize was shared with two Liberian women, president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and activist Leymah Gbowee.
October 11, 2011
Occupy LA protests enter second week
LA- The Occupy LA encampment at Los Angeles City Hall’s north lawn completed its first week Friday. Several hundred people were present as protesters lined the block with signs denouncing the “one percent” super-wealthy and calling for justice for the 99 percent.
Although not large, by the standards of some of the other protests, the encampment encompassed a wide variety of people impacted by the economic crisis: students caught in the squeeze of tuition increases, heavily indebted graduates unable to find work in their fields, the underemployed and the unemployed, and other workers.
Local Democrats and union officials have begun to mouth support for the Occupy LA protests. The purpose of their presence is to make the protests innocuous to the financial oligarchy which the Democratic Party as well as the Republican Party serves.
Last Thursday, the Alliance of Californians of Community Empowerment (ACCE) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) joined Occupy LA protesters in a march whose main slogan was “Make the Banks Pay!” Police arrested eleven protesters.
October 10, 2011
How to put the art into particle physics
GENEVA- Cern, the European physics laboratory that operates the world’s largest particle accelerator, the large hadron collider, has unveiled plans to bring together a different set of forces: scientists and artists. As part of its new policy for engaging with the arts, Great Arts for Great Science, Cern has initiated a three-month residency program, over three years, called Collide@CERN, inviting artists to its laboratory near Geneva where they will be mentored by leading scientists and given a stipend of €10,000.
The first part of the scheme, Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN, focuses on digital arts. The selected artist will spend the first two months of the residency at Cern and the final month at the Ars Electronica Futurelab, the festival’s studio space. The resulting work will be presented at both Cern and the festival in Linz. A second strand of the residency programme, focusing on performance and dance, will be announced in November.
“I consider Cern one of the most culturally significant places today,” says Ariane Koek, head of Cern’s arts programme. “It’s really breaking the boundaries of what we know about the world and how we understand it. It seemed to me that it also had the potential to be one of the most inspirational places on earth for artists.”
October 10, 2011
Chile: Talks broken, police move in on students
SANTIAGO— Chile Chilean police used water cannons and tear gas to break up a student march for free public education on Thursday, hours after protesters’ talks with the government collapsed.
A huge deployment of riot police surrounded students in the Plaza Italia, Santiago’s traditional gathering place, where student leader Camila Vallejo tried to lead the march while holding a sign saying “United and Stronger,” only to be pummeled by water cannons and forced to retreat by tear gas.
Protesters hurled rocks at police and set blockades ablaze in the streets as officers on horseback chased students onto nearby campuses. Vallejo said officers shot tear gas into their student government offices in “a direct attack against our organization.”
October 10, 2011
Unions give Wall Street protesters some oomph
NEW YORK — A diverse group of powerful unions joined demonstrations near Wall Street on Wednesday, lending some focus, credibility and potentially hundreds of participants to a group that started out with a few camped-out college students.
Among those planning to join the clamor were members of the Chinatown Tenants Union and the Transit Workers Union, the liberal group MoveOn.org, and community organizations like the Working Families Party and United NY. Organizers have called for students at college campuses across the nation to walk out of class in protest.
October 7, 2011
Vancouver artists getting the boot in city’s aggressive real-estate market
VANCOUVER— With more artists per square kilometre than any other major city in Canada, it’s also the toughest place for them to find studios because of the expensive, aggressive real-estate market, where never-ending condo developments eat cheap space.
Now the city’s politicians and staff say they think they’ve found a solution: Give artists free rein to set up studios on industrial land, where they can add jobs and activity without sparking any land speculation.
“The industrial land base is ideal,” councillor Heather Deal said, endorsing a staff report that recommends the city consider amending its zoning to allow all kinds of artists’ studios to operate on industrial land, not just those using materials or equipment not allowed in commercial zones.
But the city’s arts community says that wouldn’t be necessary if the city could just stop its staff from kicking artists out of the spaces where they’re already working. “The city doesn’t have to do anything to create more spaces,” said Jim Carrico, who managed a thriving artists’ space in the Downtown Eastside until the city ordered everyone out last month.
Mr. Carrico rented a building across the street from the new Woodward’s complex and sub-leased the units to artists. Now the building is almost empty after city inspectors issued a notice to vacate by Sept. 26, even though Mr. Carrico had been working with them for three years to reach a compromise to keep the building open.
October 7, 2011
Can Occupy Wall Street Spark Entrepreneurship?
NEW YORK–The Occupy Wall Street protests that began in New York City in mid-September have spread their message nationwide, speaking out in cities across the country against big banks and corporations. The “99 %” are calling for health care, food, shelter and a government that won’t be influenced by these big players. And in their quest to fight for the American Dream, these protestors are declaring their right to jobs.
Matt Cheuvront, a 25-year-old entrepreneur based in Nashville, Tenn., was all too familiar with the frustrations the Occupy Wall Street protesters are expressing. After being laid off from an online marketing firm soon after graduating college, Cheuvront witnessed firsthand the difficulty of trying to secure a job in a tight market, with little experience. “The days of climbing the corporate ladder have fallen by the wayside,” Cheuvront said.
He began freelancing and making good money on the side, when he began to consider starting up his own business. Over drinks one night with a friend, Sam Davidson, in summer of 2009, they decided to create Proof Branding. Today, the company has five additional employees that work on a contractual basis.
“One thing that separates those who are, and those who want to be, entrepreneurs is action,” he said. “I realized the leap into entrepreneurship wasn’t as terrifying as I thought it would be. You need to take calculated leaps of faith.”
You also have to be willing to make it work, no matter what, Cheuvront, a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council, said. Consider your worst-case scenario, and how you can survive. “It may be less than stellar for the long-term, like having to move home or taking a job at Best Buy to get the rent paid,” he said. “People usually think their worst-case scenario is much worse than it actually is.” Here are Cheuvront’s tips for young entrepreneurs looking to venture out on their own.
October 6, 2011
Decentralizing the Internet So Big Brother Can’t Find You
NEW YORK- As Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton spoke in Washington about the Internet and human liberty, a Columbia law professor in Manhattan, Eben Moglen, was putting together a shopping list to rebuild the Internet — one that did not enable governments and big companies to watch every twitch of our fingers.
The list begins with “cheap, small, low-power plug servers,” Mr. Moglen said. “A small device the size of a cellphone charger, running on a low-power chip. You plug it into the wall and forget about it.”
Almost anyone could have one of these tiny servers, which are now produced for limited purposes but could be adapted to a full range of Internet applications, he said.
“They will get very cheap, very quick,” Mr. Moglen said. “They’re $99; they will go to $69. Once everyone is getting them, they will cost $29.”
The missing ingredients are software packages, which are available at no cost but have to be made easy to use. “You would have a whole system with privacy and security built in for the civil world we are living in,” he said. “It stores everything you care about.”
Put free software into the little plug server in the wall, and you would have a Freedom Box that would decentralize information and power, Mr. Moglen said. This month, he created the Freedom Box Foundation to organize the software.
“We have to aim our engineering more directly at politics now,” he said. “What has happened in Egypt is enormously inspiring, but the Egyptian state was late to the attempt to control the Net and not ready to be as remorseless as it could have been.”
October 6, 2011
Quick Takes: UC Berkeley’s “Affirmative Action” Bake Sale
BERKELEY- Political controversy is cooking up at UC Berkeley — this time as a result of a College Republican Club bake sale that offers discounted prices to women and minorities. However, the group’s actions were not in poor taste — their primary motive was to satirize parts of Senate Bill 185.
SB 185 calls for the UC and CSU systems to consider race, gender, ethnicity, national origin and other relevant factors in their undergraduate and graduate admissions. If passed, the bill would create gray areas that arguably allow for abuse in admissions selectivity without liability.
President of Berkeley’s College Republicans, Shawn Lewis stated the group was aware that the public display was inherently racist. Their main point was that if everyone is to be treated as equals, scholarships and admission tickets should not be offered at different “prices” for different races.
The bill does not connect these factors to the college applicant’s socioeconomic status. In theory, it only authorizes the universities to use race alone as a factor. The cupcake prices — higher for Caucasians and lower for minorities — mock the bill’s intentions to demonstrate that race cannot be used in substitution for socioeconomic status.
October 4, 2011
Art Truly Is Long: Museum of Modern Art to Buy ‘The Clock’
NEW YORK- A blockbuster film is headed to the Museum of Modern Art, and it didn’t even have to make a dent at the box office.
The museum announced that it would buy “The Clock” a 24-hour video installation by Christian Marclay that uses a montage of timepieces from movies to count down a day in real time. The film earned Mr. Marclay the Golden Lion as best artist at the Venice Biennale this year, and the work was a surprise hit with the public, drawing overflow gallery crowds at all hours when it was shown in London, Los Angeles and New York in the last year.
“ ‘The Clock’ is a tour de force of mixing, editing and montage as it draws attention to time as a multifaceted protagonist of cinematic narrative,” Glenn D. Lowry, the director of the museum, said in a statement.
Calling it Mr. Marclay’s “magnum opus” and an example of the importance of sampling and remixing, Sabine Breitwieser, the chief curator of media and performance art, added that it is “an inherently performative work due to the connection between the work and the visitor’s experience in real time.”
Mr. Marclay, an artist known for his use of records and turntables for sound collages, spent three years assembling the footage, which he edited himself.
October 4, 2011
Occupy Colleges plans national walk-out Wednesday
NEW YORK- Occupy Colleges — a movement that stemmed from Occupy Wall Street — is calling for a national campus walkout Wednesday at 12 p.m. to protest rising college debt and a lack of jobs for graduates.
“Do not go to school. Go fight for yours and everybody elses rights at Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Los Angeles or your nearest Occupation. The time is now to join our fellow %99!” stated Occupy College on its Facebook page.
Occupy Berkeley is one of the many groups joining the Occupy Wall Street network. According to the website of Occupy Together — an unofficial hub for all of the events springing up across the country in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street — there are more than 130 cities forming protests in the United States alone.
It is not clear if Occupy Berkeley plans to join the college walkout planned for Wednesday. The group has a scheduled meeting Saturday to discuss the proposal to occupy the area around Berkeley’s Bank of America to promote democracy, according to the Facebook event.
According to the organization’s Facebook page, “Occupy Berkeley exists to help organize, publicize, and support the growing number of communities that are showing support for the Occupy Wall Street movement.”
October 4, 2011
Dylan Paintings Draw Scrutiny
NEW YORK - The freewheeling artistic style of Bob Dylan, who has drawn on a variety of sources in creating his music and has previously raised questions of attribution in his work, is once again stirring debate — this time over an exhibition of his paintings at the Gagosian Gallery on the Upper East Side.
When the gallery announded the exhibition, called “The Asia Series,” this month, it said the collection of paintings and other artwork would provide “a visual journal” of Mr. Dylan’s travels “in Japan, China, Vietnam and Korea,” with “firsthand depictions of people, street scenes, architecture and landscape.”
But since the exhibition opened on Sept. 20, some fans and Dylanologists have raised questions about whether some of these paintings are based on Mr. Dylan’s own experiences and observations, or on photographs that are widely available and that he did not take.
Discussion at the Bob Dylan fan Web site, Expecting Rain, has pointed out similarities between several works in “The Asia Series” and existing or even well-known photographs — for example, between a painting by Mr. Dylan depicting two men and a Henri Cartier-Bresson photograph of two men, one a eunuch who served in the court of the Dowager Empress Tzu Hsi.
Micheal Gray, an author who has written extensively about Mr. Dylan’s work and its artistic influences, wrote on his blog, Bob Dylan Encyclopedia:
“The most striking thing is that Dylan has not merely used a photograph to inspire a painting: he has taken the photographer’s shot composition and copied it exactly . . .”
A press representative for the Gagosian Gallery said in a statement: “While the composition of some of Bob Dylan’s paintings is based on a variety of sources, including archival, historic images, the paintings’ vibrancy and freshness come from the colors and textures found in everyday scenes he observed during his travels”.
October 3, 2011
An Abandoned Office Tower in a Troubled Paris Suburb to Become a Hub for Artists
FRANCE - French culture minister Frédéric Mitterrand announced Wednesday that the state will purchase an abandoned office tower near Clichy-sous-Bois and Montfermeil outside Paris, to establish a new cultural center with artist residencies. The large-scale project also includes the extension of a subway line to provide service to the location.
The Utrillo office tower was going to be torn down, but Mitterrand said that the state had the green light to purchase it in order to create “a cultural center of considerable influence”. Details on the project have not yet been revealed, though Mitterrand called it the “Medicis Tower,” referring to the Villa Medicis, home of theFrench Academy in Rome, which he headed from 2008 to 2009.
Young artists from a variety of disciplines can apply for short-term residencies at the Villa, and presumably the new center would offer similar residencies in its 17-story tower.
With high unemployment and a large population of mostly Muslim immigrants, the area in question is an unlikely artistic destination. The 2005 riots began there, and the mayors themselves referred to the region as “a wasteland” and “abandoned”. The center is envisioned as “a place of diversity, with a modern vision of the urban and the city,” commented Jérome Bouvier of Radio France, an early supporter of the idea. “We could bring in people from greater urban areas in São Paulo, Africa, New York”.
October 3, 2011
It started with 12 people on Wall Street, now demostrations across America erupt
NEW YORK - Major cities across the U.S. are bracing themselves for more protests against corporate America, as the Occupy Wall Street campaign enters its third week and gathers pace.
The demonstrations, which began in New York City two weeks ago, have already spread to Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Denver and Seattle. The arrests of 700 people on Brooklyn Bridge over the weekend seem to have only strengthened the resolve of protesters.
The Occupy Boston movement appears the most well-developed of the off-shoot protests, with a sizeable camp, featuring tents, medical supplies and even wi-fi, setting up at Dewey Square, across from the Federal Reserve building.
Tactical groups have been formed, covering legal affairs, food and media outreach, and a crowd in the spot had reached nearly 1,000 on Friday night on the first day of protest, the Boston Herald reported.
Key organisers said they had been to New York to learn from the protests. Matthew Krawitz, an unemployed IT expert, told how he had been in Manhattan for the first day of the demonstrations there and wanted to replicate the scene in Boston.