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Occupy Boston Joined by Labor Unions for Rush Hour Protest March to Charlestown Bridge

Occupy Boston was joined by labor unions in a march through Downtown and the North End / Waterfront to the Charlestown Bridge. The video of the march was taken on Commercial Street about 5pm on Thursday, November 17, 2011. Traffic was stopped along Atlantic Avenue, Commercial Street to the Charlestown Bridge.

According to the Occupy Boston website: “The candlelight march will proceed from Dewey Square down Atlantic Avenue to the North Washington St. Bridge—a bridge that is desperately in need of repair—for a speak out against unemployment, austerity, and infrastructure cuts.”

On the other side of the coin were drivers who appeared less than thrilled about the rush hour timing as they tried to get home from work. Police had all side street intersections blocked off with a very large showing of roaming motorcycles.

Note to self: Apparently, bag pipes can be used for just about any type of event in Boston.

10 Replies to “Occupy Boston Joined by Labor Unions for Rush Hour Protest March to Charlestown Bridge

  1. Wow … that's a lot of folks. Not so sure blocking working people from getting home makes sense but the bridge certainly needs repair, that's for sure. Great video!

  2. Occupy Boston and the unions deserve each other. Both want things handed to them for as little work as humanly possible.

  3. @Jimmy….The Occupy Boston , Occupy Wall St, etc movement does not want "things handed to them for as little work as humanly possible" They want jobs and for corporations to stop being so greedy and for the discrepancy between the bankers and the top 1% of the wealth holders who got us into this fiscal disasterand the other 99% of people living in this country to decreaase and for people like you to share some of the sacrifices. You must be part of the 1% or a die hard Republican who is clueless about the plight of the rest of the country.Companies are not hiring. people are losing their houses. Poverty is on the rise. Children are going hungry, Homelessness is on the rise. Hope you are nice and comfy in your waterfront condo eating your organic whole foods dinner and drinking that expensive wine and watching your 60 in flatscreen TV off your satellite dish staying totally oblivious to the plight of your less fortunate fellow human beings and neighbors.

  4. @99% not siding w/Jimmy but as someone who lives week to week but to comment on your last remark "oblivious to the plight" i gotta worry about me and my family because you and 99%, 1%, can give 2 shits about us!!!! Do what you gotta do to support yourselves!!!!

  5. @33% …you are right the 1% doesn't care about the rest of us. The 33% you say you belong to is part of the 99% who do give two shits about you and me and are out there trying to change things. It is the 1% of the population who controls 90% of the wealth in this country who remain oblivious to the plight of the rest of us. Just saying

  6. @ joyce s dont include me into the filth and nonsense on OWS, or the greenway i work 3 jobs to support my family whats their EXCUSE! there is plenty of work i over heard one of them filthy people saying they were working but had to take a pay cut so they'd rather collect unemployment benes than take a pay cut! i say they should tear gas them and move them out!!!!

  7. Several job desks/agencies have been set up at Dewey Square. The Occupiers don't sign up because they don't really want jobs, just handouts from the gov't by taxing the rich (most who earned their money by working in the first place). I'm glad the occupiers are enjoying the liberties that the rest of us are paying for. I don't condemn the 1% for being successful.

  8. get them out. now. I don't know how much longer I can put up with these directionless, anarchistic, work-loathing, authority-hating, law-breaking groups of people. I work very hard, seven days a week, and not for big bucks. these people who are "making their voices heard" by camping out in (and effectively ruining) what was once a lovely park for the general public to enjoy — costing taxpayers hundreds of dollars each day and doing nothing productive while getting in the way of the rest of the 99% who are just trying to make a living — they think they can represent me? their arrogance is just astounding. I think there are a lot of problems that need to be addressed, but these movements are the antithesis of a viable solution. we need positive, concrete ACTIONS. for instance, I feel especially troubled by the problem of homelessness that plagues large cities like boston – so do you know what I do? I volunteer what extra time I have to helping the homeless and poverty-afflicted get rehabilitated find jobs, placing them into gainful employment. we give them food and temporary shelter. many of the people we've helped have later come back as volunteers, to help people in the same situations they once found themselves in. it's a wonderful self-perpetuating cycle of positive actions. it won't solve the world's problems, but my overall point is that if every single person did their part and focused on productive and positive actions — including voting with your dollars by only patronizing places whose philosophies and business practices you agree with, attending all local town halls, voting in all levels of government elections, pushing legislation, getting jobs in government and on wall street (or wherever you see corruption) to incite genuine and tangible change from the inside — instead of staging disruptive and counterproductive sit-ins I think we'd be heading in the right direction.

  9. What support is there for the notion that "the top 1% don't care about the rest of us"? Much of the humanitarian, non-profit work that I am involved in is generously funded by high income individuals. I would guess that the top 1% includes just as many altruistic, caring, and giving individuals as every other percentile, maybe more. Blaming a small number of fortunate individuals for our societal problems will not create a more compassionate society. Instead, we might persuade people from all walks of life to join the struggle to restore our country's promise and opportunity.

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