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(NECN: Scot Yount, Boston) - “I think the only place to go from here is to grow,” said a protestor.
The road to democracy is apparently paved in plywood.
On this soggiest of days, the #OccupyBoston Dewey Square settlers I will call them are getting what might be termed unlikely support.
The labor movement is throwing it’s arms around the soaked tents sinking permanently into the mud.
“You know it is time to tax wealth not work,” said Steven Tolman.
In his first appearance as head of the state federation AFL-CIO President Steven Tolman donated supplies and said that the labor movement is firmly behind #OccupyBoston, despite the fact the group admits it has no clear agenda.
“Their message could almost be said without words. They are camping out and challenging the system but you know there is a problem here, it is a pretty loud message without speaking a word,” said Tolman.
And that message is resonating. After a police sweep Tuesday, more than a hundred needed bail money. The call for help went out online at 2 am.
“And within I think it was two or three hours we had a ten thousand dollar bail fund I think that is something wonderful and I think it shows the amount of support and the amount of solidarity we have here,” said protester Devon Pendleton.
“This was the hope that it was’t just a bunch of hippies camping out, the hope was that we spread out to everybody because it is the 99 percent it’s everyone’s movement,” said protester Leah Riklin.
And not going anywhere, ready to spend the winter?
“Just need to get everything up off the ground we need some pallets, you insulate the tents and put a tarp over the insulation, no big deal,” said camp engineer John Tosney.
On this rainy day, the farmer’s market on the plaza as usual. Their new unwashed neighbors don’t seem to be lowering the property values.
“I think it has helped, I was here on Tuesday and usually Tuesdays can be busy or slow you almost sold completely out of bread,” said Emily Langile of When Pigs Fly Bakery.