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April 11: Today’s Events at Camp Charlie

April 11, 2012

Please join us anytime on the State House steps!

8:00 AM — Greet the Commuters

We’ll be at Park Street Station with banners and flyers to greet morning T commuters and engage them in conversation about the Occupy MBTA campaign and the larger fight for transit justice. Meet at Camp Charlie at 8:00 AM — if you’re not already there from the night before!

NOON — Screen Printing

The Occupy Boston Screen Print Guild will be holding a public screen printing workshop. Bring anything that you’d like to have printed — t-shirts, fabric, bags, etc — and join in on the fun!

4:00 PM — Ride the Rails

Come Ride the Rails with us to spread the word to Boston’s subway riders about Camp Charlie, the Occupy MBTA campaign, and the broader Occupy Boston community. We’ll be meeting at Camp Charlie at 4:00 PM for a brief training, after which we’ll be setting out in teams to connect with Boston’s rush-hour commuters and recruit them for the movement through speaking, leafleting, and distributing copies of the Boston Occupier. Let’s seize the unique opportunity to engage thousands of T commuters about the issues that could immediately impact them — the cuts, hikes, and layoffs — as well as the deeper issues that they raise for us all. See you there!

Please note: Ride the Rails will meet every day at 4:00 PM at Camp Charlie until the occupation has run its course.

6:00 PM — Crash Course on The MBTA Budget Crisis

Over the years, the MBTA’s financial viability has been wrecked by Big Dig debt, forward funding, and interest rate swaps ($26 million owed annually to Wall Street banks). The MBTA now possesses a total debt load of $5.2 billion and counting. How did the MBTA get into this position? What are the current proposals on the table? And how does this occupation fit into this plan? Come join us to find out!

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