Tonight, three Herald editors will sleep in a tent in Burnside Park, reporting on Occupy Providence. We’ll be talking with Occupiers, visitors, Brown students and maybe the weather gods, if Providence decides to do what it does best.
Check us out, starting at 9 p.m.
[nggallery id=69]Yesterday at 5 pm, in solidarity with Occupy movements all over the world, thousands of protestors met at Burnside Park next to Kennedy Plaza and proceeded to march around the city of Providence. Among them were a few dozen students from Brown University. With the help of the Providence police department, traffic was blocked off on certain roads so protestors could pass through. The march passed by Providence Place Mall, the State capital building, then ended up back at Burnside Park. People of all different ages, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds came together to show our country’s and our world’s leaders that people are fed up with the current political and financial system. The official occupation of Burnside Park began last night and will continue indefinitely.
(We apologize in advance for the blurriness of some of the photos, shit got a little nuts at times). Continue Reading
At 4:30 yesterday afternoon, members of Occupy Providence met at Burnside Park to march up the hill to Brown’s Main Green. Protesters carried signs, played make-shift instruments, and chanted things like “we are the 99%, you are the 99%” and “banks got bailed out, we got sold out.” Passing drivers honked their horns and cheered out their windows in support. With Brown Police standing by, Occupy Providence paraded under Faunce Arch and filed into a packed Salomon DeCiccio Auditorium to attend the Teach-In for Occupy College Hill. Occupy Providence has since released its first mission statement to the public.[nggallery id=68]
If you missed tonight’s Teach-In on the Occupy Movement or the accompanying Twitter frenzy — there was a teach-in! It featured professors and community members discussing economic, political, historical, sociological and other contexts for the Occupy Wall Street movement. Salomon 101 was packed, at least for the beginning of the event, though students and community members trickled out over the course of the speeches.
For more Scottish sass, you can hear an 11-minute version of the talk on austerity politics and failing financial institutions that Professor Mark Blyth gave tonight, recorded at an Occupy Boston event over the weekend.