JClifford writes at Irregular Times:
A week ago, I noted that the Occupy Boston protest was not just demanding social justice. The protesters were making social justice happen, by feeding homeless people who have been occupying the streets of Bean Town for a long, long time. That’s the kind of direct action that America needs more of. It deserves attention.
As it happens, a presidential candidate gave the Occupy Boston protest for very direct attention this weekend – by visiting the Occupy Boston encampment and talking with the protesters face to face. Who was it?
Mitt Romney lives in Massachusetts. It wasn’t him, though.
Barack Obama hasn’t visited any occupation movement protests. He sticks to friendly crowds in comfortable arenas, and to vague acknowledgement that the occupation protests are expressing “frustration”. What President Obama doesn’t seem to realize is that much of the frustration among the occupy groups is with his own anti-liberal agenda.
The presidential candidate who visited Occupy Boston this weekend is, like the occupation movement itself, neither Democrat nor Republican. She was Jill Stein, a Massachusetts doctor who is expected to formally announce her candidacy for the 2012 Green Party presidential nomination on October 24.
This afternoon, Occupy Boston is joining with other local groups, including Colleges Occupy Boston and Mass Uniting for a march from the bandstand on Boston Common to Dewey Square for a rally there. The march starts at 1:30 and the rally starts at 3:00.