Monthly Archives: November 2011

Tyson & Dawkins in Conversation

Tyson and Dawkins

Occupy Boston 2011

Charlie, Cliff, and I spent about an hour there a couple of Sundays ago. We took books and warm clothes to deliver. I can sort of see problems with well-intentioned/fair minded press coverage. It’s a complex scene.

Excellent music on a performance space/stage while we were there. Library and medical tents seemed well set up and managed. 

There was an ecumenical Spiritual Tent which was interesting with sort of a combo Eastern and Rasta vibe, although we’ve met mainstream clergy who participate, but don’t live there.
There are far more people who sort of have one foot in each world – – working full or part-time jobs, going to school, and spending some nights in tents – – than the press indicates.

Food areas seemed reasonably stocked; people donate bushels of fresh fruit, everything imaginable for sandwiches, cold drinks. Not sure what else.

Women’s tent; various meetings; wooden walkways above the mud; clever signs and banners



There are some hardcore homeless (whose existence on the street of course makes one of the points of the movement) whose obvious and disruptive mental illnesses can be met only with food, clothing, and uneasy sympathy.

And true, there are a few pain in the butt stoned or drunk or belligerent or wildly egotistical jerks who have very little effect on the organization at large, but whose antics are cheap/easy shots for the media.

Thank You & A Request

Sarah Parker Remond Plaque Fund

OUR THANKS to all of you who filled the Salem Athenaeum on Friday for the wonderfully informative and entertaining illustrated talk by Nicholas Stanley-Price. We are grateful for his willingness to give us an evening of his brief visit from Rome to speak about Sarah Parker Remond, members of the Story and Crowninshield families, and others from Salem in Rome’s historic Non-Catholic Cemetery.

We continue to raise  funds to create and install a plaque in the fine location reserved for our memorial to Sarah Parker Remond (1826-1894), African American abolitionist, international lecturer, physician, and social activist, whose final resting place there is unmarked. 

 A total of $10,000 would fund the project, complete with a celebratory unveiling to which all donors will of course be invited, as well as a program in Salem to mark the occasion.

Momentum matters; we hope to complete the project within a year. So please consider donating whatever you can, and be sure to spread the word to others who might like to participate.

All  donors will have their names inscribed in a leather bound volume which will include historical essays on Remond’s life and legacy. One copy will reside in the Roman Cemetery Archives, another in Salem, Massachusetts.

Please send checks payable to:

Remond Plaque Fund, c/o Francis T. Mayo 

265 Essex Street, Suite 301

Salem, MA 01970. 

Thank You!

Marilyn Richardson and Francis Mayo for The Remond Plaque Fund