More than two dozen people crowded a back room at the Beantown Pub on Tremont Street in celebration Monday night, just hours after news was handed down that the city would not play host to the 2024 Olympic games.
With the prowess of a politician who cleaned up on election night, No Boston Olympics co-chairman Chris Dempsey shook hands and welcomed people to the bar who helped drive the grassroots movement to stall Boston’s bid.
“We feel really good, and we feel relieved,” Dempsey said of the four months’ worth of volunteer work he and others put into the No Boston Olympics movement. “We’d like to think we made some sort of contribution to this debate. Our opposition was based on facts and analysis of the bid, and Bostonians took it from there . . . it truly was a grassroots effort.”
Amanda Achin, a Dorchester resident, said tonight was a night to celebrate.
“I’m very excited,” she said. “I’m excited that the city won’t further become a police state, with hundreds of thousands of police; homeland security won’t be taking over our city; and our parks won’t be taken over by private companies.”
Achin said until this morning she believed the push to bring the games to Boston would continue, and was surprised by Monday’s announcement.
“I’m so happy to be so wrong,” she said.
Brookline resident Lee Biernbaum said the outcome is a huge victory.
“It’s a good day for the Boston metro area,” he said.
Kristine Acevedo, an eco-consultant, spent time hugging her anti-Olympics supporters at the Beantown Pub gathering.
She compared the defeat of Boston’s Olympics bid to the battle between David and Goliath.
“It’s a huge thing, and it’s a huge relief,” she said, speaking over the noise of the crowded room. “The people with the money didn’t win this fight. It’s not all about the one-percenters, and I feel like the people have spoken.”
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