Occupy Boston has been gearing up along those lines in plans for upcoming outreach. This Saturday, a growing "Occupy the T" contingent will spread out to inform bus and train riders — particularly on the Green Line's E branch and commuter rail — about how proposed service cuts might affect them. The following week, the Gay Direct Action group will meet at the Transportation Building to "March forth on March fourth." And on March 18, the Occupy Boston–linked platoon Veterans for Peace has obtained a permit to represent (along with affiliated LGBT groups and other activist outfits) one mile behind the official St. Patrick's Day Parade in South Boston. Vietnam War veteran Bob Funke, who helped organize the march, says he expects upward of 1500 Occupiers to participate.

"All of these issues — but especially the MBTA — are our golden tickets to get back in the headlines," says John Murphy, an enduring presence at Occupy Boston who's heading up Occupy the T. "A lot of people think that we're dead, and that we're not doing anything anymore. We know that's not true, but this is our chance to show them different — to show them what we've been up to."

Chris Faraone can be reached at cfaraone@phx.com, or follow him on Twitter @fara1.

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FMONDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Reading at Brookline Booksmith [279 Harvard Street, Brookline; 617.566.6660] at 7 pm.

FTHURSDAY, MARCH 1 Launch party at Good Life [28 Kingston Street, Boston; 617.451.2622] at 8 pm with music by DJ On&On and photos by Chris Faraone.

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