Thursday, December 8, 2011

Comparing camps: Occupy Boston v. Occupy Charlotte

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 7:01 AM

In an effort to continue with our "In Their Own Words" series, I recorded interviews with several visitors to Occupy Charlotte's camp in recent weeks.

Here's one with Danny Foster. He's a Tufts University economics and international relations student, and a participant in Occupy Boston. Foster was in town visiting his parents over the Thanksgiving holiday. In this video, he discusses some similarities and differences between Occupy Boston and Occupy Charlotte, what it felt like when the Boston Police raided that camp — beating protesting U.S. veterans in the process — and why he occupies. Check it out:

Foster was included in our "How does Occupy Charlotte stack up?" story that's on stands now:

Danny Foster's family recently moved to Charlotte, but he still lives near Boston where he studies economics and international relations at Tufts. In Charlotte for Thanksgiving, he joined the local group in a march to Duke Energy. "I really appreciate the way Charlotte has been keeping the focus local," he said.

A "big fan" of Occupy Charlotte's Code of Conduct, Foster said, "I don't think it's a bad idea to have some ground rules." Occupy Boston has a Statement of Purpose similar to Charlotte's, but that's where similarities end.

On Oct. 11, after the Boston camp of about 1,000 attempted to expand, police arrested 129 people for trespassing. On Nov. 17, a judge issued a restraining order preventing police from evicting protesters. This past weekend, police evicted the Boston Occupiers' sink instead.

Boston's main camp is muddy, with plywood and crate walkways. The group live-streams its G.A. meetings and offers an automated phone recording for those looking for more information. The Boston group also includes an event called the "Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture Series," which has attracted famous visitors including philosopher Noam Chomsky.

Read the rest of the article here.

Photo credit: CBS Local

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