Occupy Boston Grapples With Growing Movement

By WGBH News


Oct. 13, 2011


In early October, protesters in Boston's Dewey Square posted a list of needed supplies. Now the Occupy Boston group has about $10,000 in its coffers. (Wikimedia)

BOSTON — It's raining, there are no porta-potties and it's only going to get colder. But Occupy Boston protesters are holding on and organizing for the long haul.

Occupy Boston media volunteer Jason Potteiger said about $10,000 of donations came in after Boston police arrested scores of activists in the early hours of Oct. 11.

"We realized that legally we couldn't just be taking donations in willy-nilly," Potteiger said during an interview with WGBH's Emily Rooney on Thursday. Taking a cue from Occupy Wall Street, "We found a 501(c)(3) nonprofit who was sympathetic to our cause and they've agreed to manage the money for us."

So far they've used the money just to print flyers, buttons and stickers, Potteiger said. The group, however, is forming an official finance committee to manage the money. High on the list: A bicycle-powered generator.

Rain is forecast through Friday.

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