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This is for the Digital Journalist (JR-103) Final at Emerson College. The story is about Occupy Boston holding another “occupation” on the State Building steps in Boston, Massachusetts. All video produced by Mallory Meyer.
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Sergeant Collins declined to give his contact information.
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Joseph Carriveau is homeless and has no way of contacting him.
At five a.m. on Saturday, December 10, Boston Police raided Dewey Square, arresting 46 Occupy protesters.
For days, and even months, the protests have been leading up to this. The Occupy Boston Movement set up camp on September 30 and planned to stay there, possibly forever.
When asked how long he would stay, protester Robert Therriault said, “as long as it takes.”
But despite this mentality, which was shared among the protesters, worries that the city would try to arrest them remained.
For their safety, protesters found a lawyer to represent them and successfully got a restraining order against the city. This made sure that police couldn’t evict the protesters until a judge at the Suffolk Superior Court could make a final decision.
Beth Goldman said she is a supporter of the occupy movement “by being here and financially.” She also knitted hats for the protesters to keep them warm.
She had this to say about Mayor Tom Menino, “well I think he’s feeling left out that a lot of other mayors have decided to do that [evict protesters]…I think he’s bowing to pressure and you know in the beginning he said he’s very supportive and now he’s not. So that bothers me.”
This eviction came as a surprise for Boston protesters. Just weeks go, Boston Mayor Tom Menino told reporters,“I’m not ready to break up the encampment right now.”
On Wednesday, December 7, Suffolk Superior Court judge Frances A. McIntyre removed the restraining order. This allowed police to raid at any time.
At an Emergency General Assembly meeting for Occupy Boston, leaders said that this gave them permission to raid the encampment, but there were no plans to.
It came as a surprise when the very next day, Mayor Menino called for their eviction by midnight or suffer the consequences.
Mayor Tom Menino and other health officials have stated that Occupy Boston has many health risks and other concerns from its encampment.
Marine Corps. Sergeant Elijah Collins is a protester and was at Dewey Square on Thursday. Sergeant Collins said, “I think [the eviction] is disgusting. I think that the fact that the city has given demands that the area be more safe for protesters and sanitary…then refusing to meet with the organization to make the park safer for them… and then kicking them out for it is absolutely appalling.”
By nine p.m. on Thursday, December 8, almost a fourth of the tents were dismantled, and garbage lined the walkways. Garbage trucks and U-hauls were ready to go.
But as the night progressed and the crowd grew, it became clear that the police wouldn’t be raiding Dewey Square. The crowd was too big, and there were too many journalists.
On Friday, protesters came back to the encampment and put up bigger, and better tents. There were some tents that were pushed together, tarps covered multiple ones, and had new signs up.
This would be short lived, because on Saturday morning at 5 a.m. Mayor Tom Menino finally put his foot down. Police completely surrounded Dewey Square.
In a matter of hours, 46 protesters were arrested, and the lot was vacated.
By 3 p.m. on Saturday, a landscaping crew would have started raking and breaking up the soil to return Dewey Square back to normal.
Even though Occupy Boston may not live in Dewey Square anymore, it still lives on. They have had multiple General Assembly meetings at the Boston Common Bandstand since the eviction.
While it is unclear where they will occupy next, clearly they will continue to occupy somewhere.
This is my Occupy Boston video segment. All video taken by myself.
This is what Dewey Square looked like after the Police raid.
Occupy Boston Photo Collage, Extended Interviews, and Video Segments
For my final reporting project, we were told to make a multimedia presentation. I thought about what I wanted to do, but I couldn’t pick just one thing. I had been covering Occupy Boston for over two months, so just one small media presentation couldn’t do it justice. No; I couldn’t condense two months of hard work into a few minutes. So I didn’t. Instead, I made a photo collage, an extended interview presentation, and put together a video segment presentation. While it was hard to condense my experience and the movement into these three things, it was as close to condensing it as I could get.
For my photo collage, I used photos that I took at the time along with screen shots from videos. These slowly show the change in the Occupy Boston movement that we saw in Dewey Square. It shows how the movement shrunk and swelled over time depending on multiple factors. I have photos from the most beautiful day to the rainiest, coldest of them all. I captured photos that are representative of the people, ideas, and objects that Occupy stands for. My original collage had “Rebel Music” by Bob Marley, but was taken down from YouTube for copyright infringement. I added “A Dream” by Common instead to get around this. Both of these songs are about change in society and a movement by the people for rights. This collage was more artistic than reporting, but I felt as though that they could go hand in hand. Reporting is very much writing in the reporter’s individual style. This is my style. It is informative and intriguing. However, I think this wouldn’t really go on a newspaper’s or news channel’s web site, but in a reporter’s blog. That way it could be something that readers/ viewers don’t have to watch, but can if they want to see the progression. For this reason, I decided to make a photo collage documenting the Occupy Boston movement.
Another multimedia presentation that I made was of extended video interviews. These are taken from interviews at Occupy Boston in November and December, along with interviews from Occupy Milwaukee in November. While I did conduct other interviews, I didn’t do them on camera, so I decided not to include them in this. The voice-recorded interviews were recorded for facts along with quotes so that is why they aren’t on this. I made the video interviews into a slideshow of sorts. It looks like it could be on a news cast so it is more professional, but would be practical on a news website. It shows other good quotes and insight that couldn’t be shown in a package. While they could be separated for viewers to more easily find them, I preferred how I arranged them. They have titles with where and when they were taken, and have the protester’s names throughout the interview. Therefore, they are easy to find and are informative of context such as the questions asked that you might now have seen in the original package.
For my final portion of my multimedia project, I put together short snip-its of videos that I have collected. I am most proud of this part of my multimedia presentation. A lot of time and effort went into them and I am sure that it shows. I was constantly thinking of the news angle that I was going for and providing information at the same time. I think both of the videos show how much effort went into this project. But I am most proud of the Occupy Milwaukee Video.
This is my Occupy Milwaukee video segment along with voiceovers and interviews. All footage was made by myself and my twin, Roxanne Meyer.
On October 15, 2011, hundreds of protesters marched on the North Avenue Bridge over I-43 in Milwaukee. They gathered in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
By November 25, only 10 or so protesters were at the Occupy Milwaukee encampment in Garden Park. I could only find two protesters that slept there overnight.
When asked what the most amount of protesters have been sleeping at the camp site, protester Joseph Carriveau said about 15 with a disappointed look on his face. He has been with the Occupy Milwaukee movement since September.
He is currently homeless and has been without a job for six years now. Before he became homeless, Carriveau was in door-to-door sales.
Now he is here, in part, to protest Scott Walker.
“The movement isn’t specifically about the recall of Scott Walker,” Carriveau said, “but we do want him out of office because he represents pretty much everything that’s unhealthy with the relationship between big money and the way government policies are made.”
The Occupy movement in general has been widely criticized for not having a singular message. However, Occupy Milwaukee seems to mostly focused on private company’s control on politics.
But Milwaukee’s protesters have larger, local problems.
Nightly raids by police have lead to the decline of protesters staying overnight. Police have been waking them up, usually around one am.
“They came through here late last night to order us to get rid of all of our shelter cause they said they got orders from their Sergeant, who no doubt will say he got orders from his Commander, who got orders from his Captain, who eventually will just stop answering questions,” said Carriveau.
The police raids along with weather may be why the Milwaukee movement has lost its momentum.With temperatures dropping into single digits at night, those who are able to stay inside, will.
Carriveau said he has been unable to stay at a shelter because the waiting lists are so long. After police took away his tent on night, he caught pneumonia and couldn’t afford to see a doctor.
“As long as they’re choosing to put people at risk, rather than [letting them] have tents in public… they’re putting me at risk and that makes them not my ally. They’re definitely my enemy as long as they’re risking my health.”
The raids have continued nightly, which is why the Occupy Milwaukee movement has been nearly abandoned. Garden park now has empty tents and left over waste, but no protesters.
The group is sticking together despite its dwindling numbers. They will continue to have General Assembly meetings.
Since he is homeless, it is near impossible to contact Joseph Carriveau. You can try contacting Occupy Milwaukee on their official page regarding his interview.
These are full length interviews that I conducted at Occupy Boston and Milwaukee. They are filmed and produced by myself. The only exceptions are the first 2 interviews which are recorded by Erin Koval.
This is my occupy boston photo collage. It has photos from the fall when I first went to Occupy Boston. All photos are taken by me. I do not own the song. It is “A Dream” by Common.