Occupational Hazards

Our reporter sets out to see the revolution — five Occupations in five days
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 12, 2011


Zuccotti Park was first. Dewey Square followed. By the time the Phoenix staff showed up at Occupy Boston to hold our weekly editorial meeting last Wednesday, the Boston squatters were no longer the new kids on America's occupied block — and the protest was escalating before our eyes. Occupiers were facing off with cops wielding fistfuls of plastic cuffs, busloads of union nurses were arriving, and Cornel West parachuted in to lay down some throwback Civil Rights vocals.

I looked at my editors. They looked at me. This thing was live and spreading up and down the coast like red tide. I knew there was only one thing to say: "I'll leave in the morning."

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I would fly down to Washington immediately, and train and bus my way back toward the heart of the outbreak in Manhattan, stopping every place along the way where the 99 percent has taken hold. I wanted to see where it all might be headed — if, in three weeks, Occupy Boston might look like Occupy Wall Street, and if the other mass actions spawning in the Hub's wake might come to resemble the scene unfolding here.

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