FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For May Day: Mark Bray, 201-820-8230
Rebecca Manski, 773-758-3400
Liesbeth Rapp, 501-772-0272
On Tuesday, May 1st, International Workers Day, in more than 100 cities around the country, the Occupy Movement and allies reject unjust economic conditions in the US and globally by saying, “No Work, No School, No Shopping, No Housework, No Compliance.” In NYC, birthplace of Occupy Wall Street, there will be over 12 hours of events targeting corrupt financial and governmental institutions, as well as reclaiming our communities through mutual aid and creative acts of resistance. May Day 2012 is another important step in the growth of the resistance movement in the United States for economic justice. The day will feature a variety of different protests, actions and events (mostly centering around Bryant Park, Madison Square Park, Union Square and lower Broadway at Bowling Green), including some spontaneous actions and surprises.
On May 1, International Workers Day, the Occupy Movement, the Immigrant Rights Movement, the Labor Movement, and the Student Movement across the country will march, strike and organize in solidarity for economic justice. We are the 99%. 1% of the population is controlling vast economic resources while many millions of people are struggling to survive. We continue to spotlight corrupt major institutions which cripple our livelihoods and dreams.
8 AM–2 PM – Bryant Park, Occupy Wall Street May Day Gathering (42nd & 6th)
OWS will be at Bryant Park with a mobile occupation (popularly known as a “Pop-Up Occupation”); the day will include free food, a free market, skill-shares, workshops, teach-ins, public art and more. Bryant Park is a staging place for the early morning ’99 Pickets’ actions targeting various corporations around midtown. 99picketlines.tumblr.com At 12pm, Tom Morello from the band Rage Against the Machine will arrive at Bryant Park to enlist 1,000 guitarists, string players, and singers to take part in the Occupy Guitarmy. occupyguitarmy.tumblr.com
10 AM-3 PM – Madison Sq. Park, Free University with Occupy University (23rd & 5th)
The Free University offers a public space for the 99% to disengage from an unequal system and imagine a model for alternative education with a day-long event featuring lectures, workshops, skill-shares, and discussions — all open to the public. University professors from around the city will bring their classes to the commons. university.nycga.net
2 PM – Occupy March to Union Square with Guitarmy
Vibrant procession stepping off from Bryant Park, proceeding through midtown to Union Square with the Occupy Guitarmy.
4 PM – Union Square (14th and Broadway), May Day Solidarity Rally
The May Day Solidarity Coalition, where Occupy Wall Street will join labor unions, May 1st Coalition For Worker and Immigrant Rights, students, and faith & community groups for a massive rally at Union Square. Musical performances by Das Racist, Dan Deacon, Tom Morello, Immortal Technique, Bobby Sanabria, Toshi Reagan and other special guests. Large crowds expected.
5:30 PM – Solidarity March to Financial District (2 Broadway @Bowling Green)
A coalition of labor, immigrant, OWS, community, student, and faith organizations will march from Union Square into the heart of corporate corruption on Wall Street, ending at 2 Broadway with a rally featuring a variety of speakers, musical performances and more.
8 PM – Occupy Wall Street Afterparty, Wall Street area. Details TBA…
Visuals and other excitement: singers, libraries, projections – all during May Day by artists, cultural workers with Call2Create. call2create.org
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