This photo shows the arrest of Representive Liz Malia on 6/14/12 in Jamaica PlainWhat was occuring was an Eviction Blockage organized by City Life Vida Unida, similar to actions all over the state and the country that aim to keep homeowners in their homes, and force mediation.
Photo by Jeff Stone. In fact, Occupy Boston protesters, some of whom have previously allowed themselves to be arrested in other circumstances as a matter of civil disobedience were present, and have been trained in civil disobedience.
Occupy Boston protesters stood with the homeowner (or sat) and six others were arrested along with Representative Malia. (Not necessarily those locking arms in the photo below, photo credit unknown):
These Occupy Boston protesters, all folks I know, put it on the line today for the working class. This election, and this economic disaster are far worse for the working classes and folks like the homeowner who received today’s eviction defense than for the college educated middle class, or those who “lost wealth”. The vast number of Americans are one paycheck, one health disaster away from homelessness and destitution. I applaud Rep. Malia’s courage, but who speaks for them in the current election? Who is addressing the reality that only 14% of the teenagers who want summer jobs can find them – when it was 60% in my day (because college graduates and desperate 60 year olds are flipping burgers and pouring coffee).
No new taxes means no future for today’s teens. Hello! Anyone listening? We get what we pay for and if we don’t invest in the future, than the future will look like Detroit, Michigan. The dialog must be about having the fortitude to build for the future rather than sucking our children’s future dry, and substituting austerity for vision.