AS CITIES across the United States move one by one to evict protesters inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, Boston stands increasingly alone. Unlike the mayors of Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and New York, Mayor Menino says he has no plans to boot the protesters, who have been camped out in Dewey Square for more than two months.
It’s the right policy. The protest is spreading an important message about income inequality, and Boston should allow it to stay as long as it poses no severe burden on the city. The act of camping in public, in the heart of the city’s financial district, is part of the message, and taps into a tradition of protest with deep historical roots from the Bonus March of the Great Depression to the anti-apartheid movement.