1000+ arrests in Washington, D.C. and not one word in The Boston Globe. Ray Lewis, a retired police captain, who was arrested shortly after Bil Lewis took his photo was only one of those arrests. Each day had a theme. Thousands of citizens took part. Entire busloads of college students rolled in throughout the week, according to those who were there, some of whom called me as they knew how frustrated I am that still healing from a hip replacement and dealing with arthritis – civil disobedience on the Capitol’s steps to protest is beyond me. What was being protested, that the Boston Globe ignored? Well:
1. Corruption due to unlimited money from the billionaire class pouring into politics.
2. Voter suppression due to the end of the Voting Rights Act.
3. Racial injustice.
4. And support for the $15.00 an hour campaign.
A group of citizens marched from Philodelphia to Washington, D.C. – a distance of 140 miles, tweeting out photos, which were published online at http://www.occupyboston.org/2016/04/16/1000-arrests-democracyspring/ [There is a series of articles, including day-by-day reports from that brave march]. What did the Globe report? Man breaks into restaurant and cooks hamburger!
I am close to dropping my subscription except for the legal notices I need to monitor to do my work. And, I suppose, to monitor the reality that Globe coverage serves the billionaire class, ignores what plutocrats tell it to ignore, and slants the news. That is too bad – a few video clips are no substitute.
So, yes, this was a huge civil disobedience event, eleven days long, with a 140 mile march, and more than 1000+ peaceful arrests on the steps of the Capitol to call attention to the corruption resulting from Citizens United.
And our largest local paper? Total media blackout. That was enough of a fail to energize me to post and make sure you all know both about what has happened, and is still happening in Washington, D.C. – and how The Boston Globe choose to keep the news from you all. [I tried to embed some photos but no luck, so you will have to go to http://www.occupyboston.org to see them.