For Immediate Release
April 2, 2012
In Case You Missed It!
MATRIARCH OF MAYHEM – THEY’RE BACKKKKK
BOSTON – In case you missed it, Professor Warren’s Occupy offspring marked April Fool’s Day with a return to their former protest site at Dewey Square, kicking off their spring protests and boasting an even stronger presence in the coming months.
From today’s Boston Herald:
Occupy Boston made a festive return to Dewey Square yesterday with food carts, bongo drums, legal advisers and signs mocking GOP candidates — but no tents or sleeping bags.
“We’re past the point of permanent occupying,” Dave Lenhert told the Herald before he set off, with about 100 others, for the protest group’s April Fools’ Day march through the city’s streets.
“It was a great way to make a splash,” he said of the controversial tent city on the Rose Kennedy Greenway last fall, “but now we’re going to make more pointed statements, by addressing the issues one thing at a time.”
“We’re coming back stronger,” said occupier Shane Aspinall, 26. “A lot of us spent the winter months getting smarter about our movement.”
The 99 percenters carried signs mocking GOP candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. And while they don’t endorse candidates, Democrats including Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren have expressed support for them, which pundits said could be hazardous as the fall elections draw nearer.
Warren has been distancing herself since last fall when she initially declared herself the “intellectual founder” of the Occupy movement, something U.S. Sen. Scott Brown’s campaign has been reluctant to let her forget.
“While Elizabeth Warren claims to be the intellectual founder of the Occupy movements, Scott Brown is the independent voice for Massachusetts that he promised to be,” said Alleigh Marre, spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Republican Party. “Scott Brown is not bound to any one group. He looks at each issue on the merits and makes a decision based on the people he represents, not partisan ideologies or radical beliefs.”
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