The Occupy Movement Reemerges, With Growing Impact
As I write this it’s May Day week, an unofficial celebration time for popular causes. While most people associate May Day with European-style socialism and communism, in fact May Day, like most modern era populism, has its roots in American Labor’s fight for the 8 hour day, overtime pay, safety regulations and child labor laws.
This week’s Occupy actions are in that tradition. The big banks, where the financial meltdown and Occupy’s reaction to it both began, are likely to continue as the Occupy movement’s main target. But much has changed since the first tents went up in Wall Street’s Zuccotti Park.
The Washington Post recently documented the Occupy movement’s behind-the-scenes involvement in the fight for tough regulations to enforce the Volcker Rule, a creation of the Dodd-Frank law aimed at tamping down big bank’s addiction to gambling billions of investor—and taxpayer—dollars.
Training sessions for public actions have been going on in New York and elsewhere for weeks, attracting an ever-growing cadre of volunteers.
NYC Braces for New Protest
The loosely-organized group has called for a popular strike, a goal that isn’t supported by its allies in labor, which must comply with a host of laws and internal rules governing walkouts. New York unions have marched for the past several years on May Day.
“What happens is anyone’s guess,” said Occupy organizer Drew Hornbain, 25 years old. He said many insiders are galvanized by a popular perception that “Occupy has been a series of failures.”
May Day protests could affect bridge, ferry commutes
Commuters who use the Golden Gate Bridge or take ferries from Marin County should brace for possible disruptions of the morning commute Tuesday as part of a daylong schedule of labor-oriented rallies throughout the Bay Area, activists and officials said.
Union members who work for the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District are planning rallies and picket lines at several sites around the North Bay and near the bridge, union officials said. They plan to announce the exact sites Monday morning.
Late Monday, union leaders said, they’ll announce whether they will strike, a move that would could potentially stop ferry, bus or bridge traffic for at least 24 hours.
CBS news concern-trolls May Day protests
Occupy has persisted even as officials around the country have uprooted the encampments designed to present a physical manifestation of festering anger over inequality. And on May 1 – the left-wing/labor holiday known worldwide as May Day – the movement is poised to push into the public consciousness once again, with a “general strike” in more than 125 cities for which supporters are being asked to skip work and school in order to take “the struggle against an inhuman system” back into the streets.
Looming May Day protests indicate Occupy movement escalation
Organizers of the Occupy Wall Street movement plan nationwide May Day protests on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 in an escalation of the movement’s activity.
A report at Bloomberg on Thursday indicates that the major Wall St. firms have already initiated heightened security and monitoring of the group’s movements in anticipation of possible confrontations.
According to Marisa Holmes, a member of the Occupy planning committee, at least 99 firms have been targeted in midtown Manhattan, including JPMorgan and Bank of America.
Occupy May Day!
Occupy Wall Street is gearing up for a massive day of protests, rallies and marches on May 1.
The anti-capitalist movement will hold events in 125 cities and plans to protest 99 targets in midtown Manhattan including the offices of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America.
Activists Breathe New Life Into May Day
Outside the U.S., May 1 is international workers’ day, observed with speeches, rallies, and demonstrations. Ironically, this celebration of working-class solidarity originated in the U.S. labor movement in the United States and soon spread around the world, but it never earned official recognition in this country. Since 2006, however, American unions and immigrant rights activists have resurrected May 1 as a day of protest. And this year, in the wake of Occupy Wall Street and the rebirth of a national movement for social justice, a wide spectrum of activist groups will be out in the streets to give voice to the growing crusade for democracy and equality.
Catholic Worker Movement: A Different Intersection of Church and Politics
May 1 marks the 79th anniversary of Dorothy Day’s great achievement: a movement whose vision of activist faith couldn’t be farther from the moralizing of the religious right that has seemed to define Christianity’s incursion on politics since the 1980s. The Catholic Worker, which Day founded with Peter Maurin, a French immigrant, was – and remains – a philosophy, a social initiative, a way of life. Its understanding of personal responsibility maintains not that we all must rely on ourselves, but rather that we are all beholden to better the lives of the less fortunate. On May 1, 1933, during the height of the Great Depression, Day took to Union Square handing out the first copies of her newspaper, also called The Catholic Worker, which delivered the message of compassion and justice at the cost of one penny; the price has never gone up.
The movement has always sought “a new society in the shell of the old” – peace, less disparity of wealth, an end to economic exploitation, violence, racism and so on. Its goals can seem broad but its methods are intimate and practical. Around the country and in various parts of the world, Catholic Worker communities exist as households where lay members, typically committed to voluntary poverty, often live among the homeless and needy they are aiding. It is a model for Occupy Wall Street – like that more recent movement, it is decentralized and decisions are largely made by consensus – which has said it will hold protests around the country on Tuesday, historically a significant day for the labor movement. There are no headquarters or board of directors and, since Day’s death in 1980, no leader. Things have hardly faded: in the past 17 years, the number of communities has grown from 134 to more than 210.
Exorbitant CEO pay
The Occupy protesters got it right: When corporate CEOs make 380 times the salary of the average American worker, you don’t have to be a Marxist to feel something is out of whack.
Last year, the average annual CEO pay of companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index jumped 13.9 percent, to $12.94 million. Average worker pay rose 2.8 percent, to $34,053. This gap is the largest in the world, the AFL-CIO says.
Occupy Guitarmy Hoping to Make Music a Central Part of May Day
You can’t arrest a song! That’s part of the idea behind one faction of a large network of demonstrations and protests planned for May Day — the day of action this Tuesday that some suspect will push Occupy Wall Street into the spotlight again in a major way.
The group Occupy Guitarmy has actions planned all day Tuesday and held a rehearsal this afternoon for anyone who wanted to show up in Tompkins Square Park.
Progressive Media Outlets Pledge Coverage Of May Day Protests
May Day, otherwise known as International and Immigrant Workers’ Day, marks the first major resurgence of the Occupy Wall Street movement since massive arrests and police brutality drove most occupations indoors over the winter.
Although OWS has been in full effect since September, 2011, mainstream media outlets have consistently refused to cover its actions, or intentionally distorted coverage by focusing only on participants who thwart the movement’s mandate against violence and vandalism. That’s why more than 25 independent media outlets belonging to The Media Consortium are collaborating to provide coordinated, national coverage of the nationwide May Day strike and other related events.
To assist the movement in spreading its message of social and economic equality on this historic day, Media for the 99 Percent will leverage their existing platforms and reporters to provide coordinated national multimedia coverage, featuring:
Occupy activists will join Santa Rosa May Day march and rally [CA]
Occupy Santa Rosa activists and labor and immigrant rights advocates have teamed up this year for the annual May 1 march and rally in downtown Santa Rosa.
Activists will assemble at the old Albertsons shopping center on Sebastopol Road at about 3:30 p.m. before they set out for Juilliard Park.
The event, the largest local pro-immigration and labor rally of the year, is organized by the May 1st Coalition, which includes the Sonoma County Committee for Immigrant Rights, the county Peace and Justice Center and the North Bay Labor Council.
Police, protesters plan for May Day rallies [OR]
While Occupy Portland protesters planned for several rallies Tuesday, police told KGW they were as prepared as they’ve ever been for a May Day march.
May Day has long been International Workers’ Right Day, and has been celebrated by labor and immigrants’ rights group. This year the Occupy movement is joining the demonstrations.
Occupy Bozeman talks to public about alternatives to ‘big banks’
Educating the community about alternatives to ‘big banks’, such as public banks, is what the Occupy Bozeman group hoped to accomplish at their public discussion this afternoon.
“Rather than having our state take all of the taxes and fees and put it into an account at U.S. Bank, like we do right now, the state has its own bank that it makes its deposits into, and then those deposits can be leveraged to create loans for people here in Montana,” explained Josh Davis, an Occupy Bozeman Member as well as the Montana contact for the Public Banking Institute.
North Dakota is the only state that has a state-owned public bank, and Davis says getting one in Montana could happen fairly quickly if enough people jump on board and the legislature passes a bill allowing it.
From Wisconsin to Wall Street: The Role of the IWW – Wobblies – in Recent Popular Uprisings
It was clear that this solidarity was best manifested in the form of a general strike, so the IWW began a campaign to build one; getting a resolution passed in the state labor council endorsing a strike , forming strike committees within business unions, and agitating for a strike through soapboxing and canvassing.
The prospect became so popular that when the bill was illegally passed, activists in the state capitol immediately began chanting: “General Strike!”
Though the Democrats directed the energy of the revolt into recall elections, the IWW managed to bring the idea of a general strike into the forefront of conversation as a means of winning class demands.
Occupy protesters target Middletown’s Bank of America [CT]
A coalition of Wesleyan University students and local activists affiliated with the Occupy movement marched on the Main Street branch of Bank of America Friday, some closing their accounts and cancelling credit cards, in protest of the bank’s environmentally and economically destructive policies.
Burlington [VT] joins 125 cities in Occupy Movement’s “Global Day of Action” on May 1
Beginning with a light breakfast in the morning, Queen City Occupiers_will be staffing free food and information tables on the north side of_City Hall Park, holding informal workshops, facilitating a “really_really free market”, and organizing for a direct action against_Burlington’s most bailed-out bank.
Burlington Occupiers also plan to have a presence at the march for_social justice in Montpelier and to attend a statewide General_Assembly with other Vermont-based Occupy groups at the Statehouse_before heading back to City Hall Park for dinner, music and further_celebration.
‘May Day’ rally by Occupy Vallejo set for City Hall steps [CA]
Vallejo will make a national movement personal on Tuesday morning.
Occupy Vallejo, joined by several partner groups, has planned a public rally at 10:30 a.m. on the City Hall steps in support of a range of community issues like affordable education and housing, and respect for workers, organizers said.
The event is timed to May 1, or “May Day,” a day of protest initially recognizing the support of an eight-hour work day and which has progressed to represent advocacy for workers’ rights internationally.
Gill Tract Occupiers, UC Vie for Hearts and Minds of Community [CA]
The “Occupy the Farm” take-over of the UC-owned Gill Tract is entering its second week today, Sunday, with both sides appealing to reason and justice in a continuing stand-off of warring principles and property rights.
The 10-acre tract is owned by UC Berkeley, and most of it has been cultivated for decades for crop and pest-control studies by researchers from campus and the nearby regional office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
In an action that had been planned for months, dozens of advocates of community urban farming took over the site on Earth Day, April 22, and have established a camp with several tents and planted about two acres of broccoli, tomatoes, squash and other crops.
Finance capital trying to figure out how to make money off of Occupy
A re-energized Occupy Wall Street movement, in the form of a series of planned demonstrations this week, could fuel new opportunities for at least one segment of the financial services industry.
Financial advisers and money managers say that a lot of socially conscious investing strategies line up nicely with the general theme of the Occupy movement, which is expanding the universe of potential investors.
“There’s a lot of social unrest right now, and as part of that, people are starting to look at where they want to allocate their money,” said Kevin Sanchez, a senior institutional consultant at UBS Financial Services Inc. “That kind of dialogue has been coming up more in that past few months than I’ve ever seen it.”
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Stories of the Day: You are what you eat: Why You Should Be Worried About the California Mad Cow Case. In summary, meat and bone meal produced from ”downed cows,“ who are too sick or injured to stand, is used as a protein and energy supplement in poultry and swine feed. Then “poultry litter”—poultry feces mixed with bedding, spilled feed, and chicken carcasses—is fed to cows. Then the result is fed to us. For more, click here. Farm Aid has a group called Occupy the Food System, their Facebook page is here: http://www.facebook.com/OccupyTheFoodSystem. And, is the US Army Preparing for Martial Law Scenario in US? Why is the Army Having Civil Disturbance and Mock Riot Drills In Washington? For the story, click here. On a more local front, Is there a secret plan to evacuate some residents of Chicago in the event of protests during the NATO summit next month? CBS 2 News Chicago has uncovered some evidence that there is. It comes from the Milwaukee area branch of the American Red Cross. For the story, click here, and for information on the planned NATO protests, see the Occupy Chicago Facebook event page, http://www.facebook.com/events/327661850618904/. And several filmmakers and Occupy Wall Street supporters are criticizing the Tribeca Film Festival for its inclusion of Brookfield Properties, the owner of Zuccotti Park, as a sponsor for this year’s events. For more, click here. And check out this amusing and brief video guide to nonviolent revolution from Occupy the Movie – find your role in the revolution!
Other Occupies/Protests: From Occupy SF: Over the past year over 380 workers from 19 unions have been in tense negotiations with the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District. The coalition of unions includes workers from the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Bus service as well as the Golden Gate Ferry. When the workers’ current contract expired in July of 2011 the District gave all the non-union employees a raise, thereby punishing union members for exercising their right to collectively bargain. Negotiations have stalled because the Bridge Board of Directors is currently taking an ideological position against providing quality affordable healthcare for workers with families. The Board is also trying to reduce the vested healthcare benefits for current retirees. Over the last few months the unions have been escalating their actions in order to push the Bridge Board to do the right thing by providing affordable healthcare for their employees. They have thus far refused to budge. These employees were assured, when they came to work for the Bridge, that if they worked until retirement age, they would receive a livable retirement and decent health coverage for the last part of their life. Right now we see the Golden Gate Bridge turning its back on their employees who have worked hard (many for decades) and contributed their talents, their energy, and their lives to make sure the bridge, and the public are safe. Therefore on May 1st, International Workers Day, The Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition is calling for a mass rally at the Golden Gate Bridge in order to unite with community members, other unions and the Occupy movement to show the Bridge Board that we are willing to stand up for our families, our healthcare and our jobs.
Occupy SF has a full day of events planned for May 1. For more information, see their website, http://occupysf.org/.
- May 1 General Strike! A Day Without the 99%. NO WORK – NO SCHOOL – NO SHOPPING – NO BANKING – NO TRADING. GENERAL STRIKE AND BOYCOTT CALLED! 7am-11am: Financial District Block Party! (corner of Federal and Franklin Streets). Bring a friend and let’s party! Bring whistles, drums, noise makers. Bring street theater ! 12:00pm: Boston City Hall Rally. Can’t make it to Boston City Hall at Noon? Well how about: The Chelsea City Hall? – Gather at Noon – March at 2pm (For More information please contact La Colaborativa (617) 889-6097). 2pm: LoPresti Park Rally/March (Blue Line: Maverick Square) (For more information contact Dominic at City life/Vida Urbana (617) 710-7176). 4pm: Everett – Glendale Park (For more information please contact La Comunidad (617) 387-9996). 7pm: Death of Capitalism Boston Funeral March (Copley Square). We invite people to participate in this piece of street theater which includes puppets, a marching band, and other creative surprises. People will begin gathering at 7pm at Copley Square Park (by the steps of Trinity Church) to put on costumes, puppets and face-paint and get info on their respective role in the funeral procession. We ask that people participate as: mourners (dressed in black), celebrators (wearing neon/bright colors/glow stuff), skeleton block (bring your own skeleton costume). The funeral procession will leave Copley Square Park at 8pm and will travel through areas of wealth and commerce.
Lecture at MIT: THE ILLUMINATOR PROJECT: Developing Best Practices for Public Projection Interventions, MARK READ of New York University
May 3, 2012 (Thursday)5pm-6pmRoom 14E-310, MIT
Free and open to the public, light dinner to follow
The Illuminator is a white cargo van equipped with video and audio projection, as well as a fully stocked infoshop and mini-library. It is a tactical media tool available to the Occupy Movement, both useful and beautiful. It is a shapeshifter, a transformer of public space which disrupts the patterns of everyday life, and embodies the social and political transformations for which the Occupy Movement continues to fight.
Mark Read is an artist, activist, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. He is perhaps best known as the creator of the “99% Bat Signal” that was projected onto the Verizon Building in New York City on November 17th, 2012. His films have been shown internationally in a variety of venues, from the Piazza de Ferrari in Genoa Italy, to the Halls of the Whitney Museum. He is an adjunct professor of Media Studies at New York University.Sponsors: MIT Cool Japan research project and Comparative Media Studies.Contact: Prof. Ian Condry, email@example.com
Occupy Boston’s General Assembly has agreed to hold the Saturday, May 5 General Assembly at the fabulous Wake Up the Earth Festival in Jamaica Plain. The Wake Up the Earth Festival is the best summer festival in Boston–it not only commemorates a major victory of the 99%–it brings together one of the most politicized and diverse neighborhoods in the city. Wake Up the Earth—WUTE–is a great opportunity to meet, greet and galvanize thousands of people while catching some rays and listening to live music. Staff the table! Help with children’s activities!10:30: Parade set up11:30: Parade leaves the Peace GardenPeace Garden, corner of School St. and Washington.Stony Brook T Stop, Orange lineHere’s a map from the T to the Peace Garden: http://g.co/maps/4pcp85:00: General Assembly, Southwest Corridor Park–in front of the Stony Brook T in the Sacred Circle–look for the OB banner.6:00: festival ends. 9:00–after party at Spontaneous Celebrations.The rain date for the festival is 5/6. If there is rain, then Strategic Action Assembly will meet at WUTE instead of GA. In the case of rain, GA will be cancelled on 5/5.For more information or to sign up for a table shift, contact/click:Aria: firstname.lastname@example.orgJoe: email@example.com
- May 5 and 6: Forums on The Real Cost of Coal sponsored by the Rainforest Action Network.Speakers include:Bob Kincaid (WV) Board president, Coal River Mountain WatchLowell Chandler (MT) Student activist, University of MontanaKristen Owenreay (WY) Organizer, High Country Rising Tide and The Good
Mule ProjectWHAT: The Real Cost Of Coal Forum-Sudbury, MAWHERE: Memorial Congregational Church; 26 Concord Rd. Sudbury,MAWHEN: Saturday, May 5, 2pmFACEBOOK RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/155182217944879/?notif_t=event_name_changeWHAT: The Real Cost of Coal Forum-Cambridge, MAWHERE: First Parish in Cambridge,3 Church Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
(near the Harvard T-stop)WHEN: Sunday, May 6, 3PM
CONTACT: Monique, firstname.lastname@example.org; 508-769-2599
ADMINISSION: Free and open to the public
MORE INFO: http://dirtymoney.org
- Keep Immigrant Families Together! Stop the Raids and Deportations! Prayer Vigil for Immigrant Detainees, Sunday, May 6th, 2 p.m.Suffolk County House of Correction, 20 Bradston St., BostonFor more information about the vigil, contact our Facebook page, or email SocialAction@ascboston.o
rg. www.bostonnewsanctuary.org .
- Immigration through Faith: Faith through Immigration – Personal experiences of immigration as a moral and religious issue.
A facilitated panel discussion exploring personal experiences of faith and immigration. This session is designed to help participants articulate and claim religious language and relevancy in a conversation dominated by secular and political messages. The panel discussion will be followed by an open period for questions and reflections.
- U.S. Immigration History and Your Faith: We will look at who came and why? What laws were enacted as barriers? What role have people of faith played in this history? We will also ask where we find ourselves in the story, and who belongs here?
- Immigrant Stories in the Struggle for Workers Rights
- Immigration through Faith: Faith through Immigration – Personal experiences of immigration as a moral and religious issue.
- Occupy New England – M12 Day of Action and Regional Gathering. 9am-5:30pm, May 12: Come join Occupy groups from all around New England as we converge in Worcester for a day of action and networking! The day will have four core key components to it: getting as many Occupy groups and participants in one centralized location at the same time for a day of networking and planning, direct actions and public visibility, continued actions against corporations backing ALEC, and finally the flared up “War on Women” – discussion on women’s issues (rights, health care, etc…) Preliminary timeline of events:
(Please note the following is a rough draft discussed by Occupy Worcester and the M12 working group. More details will be released later on, and times/actions are subject to change.)
9 am: Begin gathering at Worcester Common
10 am: Second New England Solidarity March
Late morning: Direct Action (w/ CD potential)
Midday: Occupy New England gathering. Have lunch and talk a lot to each other.
Mid afternoon: Occupy Worcester’s Women’s Caucus event, details TBA
- May 17 – nationally recognized transgender activist and member of Occupy Boston Gunner Scott will be honored with The Theater Offensive’s Out on the Edge award. As Executive Director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, Scott led the battle for passage of the Massachusetts Transgender Equal Rights Bill in November. The Transgender Equal Rights Bill, also known as An Act Relative to Gender Identity, makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of gender identity in the areas of employment, housing, public education and credit & lending.Who: Transgender activist Gunner Scott. What: The Theater Offensive honors Scott with Out on the Edge award. When: Thursday, May 17 @ 6:30 pm. Where: Hibernian Hall (184 Dudley St, Roxbury). Open to the Public: Yes (with ticket purchase)
- Sponsored by the Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture Series: Book launch for Truth and Revolution by Michael Staudenmaier. May 22 at 6 pm at Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave, Boston. Michael Staudenmaier speaks on the Sojourner Truth Organization/STO. STO was Founded in Chicago in 1969 from the rubble of the recently crumbled SDS, the Sojourner Truth Organization (STO) brought working-class consciousness to the forefront of New Left discourse, sending radicals back into the factories and thinking through the integration of radical politics into everyday realities. Through the influence of founding members like Noel Ignatiev and Don Hamerquist, STO took a Marxist approach to the question of race and revolution, exploring the notion of “white skin privilege,” and helping to lay the groundwork for the discipline of critical race studies. Michael Staudenmaier is a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Illinois.
Monday, April 30, 2012
- 6:30pm – 9pm, M1GS Community Gathering, The Cathedral Church of St. Paul (138 Tremont St., Boston)Join the Direct Action and General Strike Working Groups for this evening of planning and producing for the following morning – May Day!
- Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day, Sunday, April 29, 10am – Monday, April 30, 12am. Where: Lots, medians, privatized public land, unpleasant public land. May 1 is International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day — people all over the world will be sowing seeds of optimism and planting sunflower seeds. It’s about occupying our city and promoting gardening, public space, food and habitats for all the human and non-humans who share the Boston ecosystem. Let’s plant 1,000 seeds!
Calendar for Monday, April 30, 2012
7pm – 8:30pm Climate Action, Sustainability and Environmental Justice WG Meeting, Old West Church (United Methodist) at 131 Cambridge St.
7pm – 9pm Radio WG Meeting, Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Avenue, 5th Floor
8:30pm – 10:30pm MetaSpokes WG Meeting. City Place Food Court in the Transportation Building, This working group is exploring Spokescouncil models and how this might be another good organizing tool for Occupy Boston.
1) Issue 7 of the Boston Occupier is out now, and we need your help distributing!!
We rely exclusively on YOU, the broader Occupy community, to get our papers out there to the 99%. So…
** We would love for you to join one of our planned outreach/distribution efforts on the T.
** ANYTIME you’re going to a progressive or Occupy-related event, try to pass out papers. These are the most effective occasions to connect sympathetic readers to our paper. Copies of the issue are stored in the OB cubicle at E5, so PLEASE remember to grab a stack.
** Get them to readers in your community. We recommend small stacks in small stacks in cafes, libraries, bookshops, laundry mats, community centers, waiting rooms, campuses, etc. Be creative!! But we’ve found that the BEST way to get papers to readers is to hand them out face to face, combining outreach and distribution.
** If you are a part of another local-area Occupy movement, a union, or a community organization that is willing to distribute papers — let’s make it happen! You can just come by E5 (between 9 am and 7 pm most days) and grab a stack, or coordinate with us if you’re not able to do so. Send questions or suggestions about distribution to Julie O (email@example.com).
** We’re also trying to raise funds so that we can continue printing the stories of the 99%! To that end, we’ve started a subscription service. Read about it online here. I hope you’ll encourage those you know to subscribe to the paper as well!!
As always, we welcome questions, suggestions, and distribution ideas — send to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ve printed a gorgeous May 1st poster on the back of this issue, so we’re hoping to get all 10,000 copies out in the next week and a half, to promote the General Strike. Papers to the people!!
2) Occupy Boston seeks RADICAL CLOWNS to participate in the May Day rally at City Hall Plaza at 12:00 noon. Will you be a radical clown? contact email@example.com.
electrical inverters (for 12V to 110/120VAC) (cigarette lighter plug)
blank T shirts
neon colored fabric
blacklight bulbs (standard light bulb size)
red light bulbs (standard light bulb size)
portable lights with power source/battery pack
Beer coolers (for dry ice)
Brass bell (should ring pretty loud)
3) GA locations:
The following proposal passed the General Assembly of Occupy Boston on April 17, 2012:
Facilitation Working Group proposes the following changes to the current General Assembly schedule:
- Tuesdays: We propose that, effective May 1st, all Tuesday GAs be held outside. We propose the Boston Common as a temporary location with the idea that location may change in the future. We will give Arlington Street Church notice that our last night using ASC space will be April 24, 2012.
- Thursdays: We have ended our relationship with Emmanuel Church and therefore propose that all Thursday GAs be held outside effective April 19, 2012, at the Boston Common as a temporary location with the idea that location may change in the future.
- Saturday: We propose to continue to hold GA at Community Church of Boston on Saturdays in order to ensure that at least one GA per week is held indoors. FWG is in the process of asking CCB whether it would have space available on Tuesdays. If so we would ask the GA to decide whether that one GA indoors should be on Tuesday or Saturday.
- Community Gatherings will remain on Mondays and effective May 14, 2012, will be held at CCB.
This schedule is subject to review by the GA at any time.
- GA will be canceled Tuesday, May 1st.
- FWG will seek access to the web banner and text service to ensure that any change in GA location or time will be widely communicated.
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DC ACTIVISTS PLAN MAY DAY CELEBRATION
Activists from a broad spectrum of political backgrounds are uniting for a May Day festival on May 1st at Malcolm X Park at 3:30 pm.
Members of the Occupy DC Labor Committee, Anarchist Alliance DC Network, Industrial Workers of the World, Washington Peace Center, the Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO, and the Amalgamated Transit Union local 689 as well as other groups will be hosting an afternoon of carnival games, live music, theater, workshops and picnicking followed by a bike tour, rally, and march.
Answering a nationwide call by the Occupy Movement for a May 1st general strike or a “vacation for the 99%,” the festivities will celebrate the many meanings of May Day from its pagan roots as a day welcoming springtime to its more recent association with immigrant rights. Above all, it will highlight the long history of the struggle for workers’ rights in America and around the world.
Through performances and teach-ins the day will showcase significant events related to May Day and the labor movement such as the Haymarket Massacre of 1886 – the bombing of a peaceful demonstration for an eight-hour day that resulted in the wrongful execution of four anarchists – which is considered to be the origin of May 1st as an international day in recognition of workers. Festival-goers will also have the opportunity to learn more about current labor and community-organizing efforts.
Along with bringing attention to struggles for economic and social justice, the day is intended to provide DC-area residents with a celebratory way to get to know one another and forge ties. The festivities will end with a rally and march to Lafayette Park. A radical history bike tour will happen concurrently and convene with the marchers at Lafayette Park for the rally.
The broad coalition sees their differing backgrounds as a strength. The “celebration of the diversity of cultures of resistance” will, in the words of Occupy DC Labor Committee coordinator Mike Golash, show “solidarity in the fight against capitalism.” Nancy Munoz, an organizer from the Anarchist Alliance DC Network, said: “We believe through our participation in the May Day actions we will raise the level of awareness by educating people and showing solidarity with other organizations.” She added: “[we will] empower society and help them understand that they can organize themselves in the fight against the establishment.”
May Day marches and labor rallies have been held in the nation’s capitol many times since the Haymarket Massacre. The organizers hope workers and residents from all backgrounds will join them on May 1st for this long tradition of celebrating struggle and to build greater working class and community solidarity.
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May Day, also known as the “International Working Class Holiday” or “International Workers’ Day,” carries a significant history which encompasses the struggles of the international labor movement. In numerous countries, it is recognized as a national holiday. Massive demonstrations are held around the world on May 1 to recognize the solidarity of labor struggles internationally and to mark the current struggle for causes such as better wages, job security, health care, and a safer work environment.
The celebration of May Day as a labor holiday traces its roots back to the United States. On May 1, 1886, workers across the United States called for a general strike – a strike that calls on all workers regardless of their union affiliation, and even if they are non-union workers – to achieve the guarantee of an eight-hour work day for those involved in industrial trades. Up until that point, there were no limits to how many hours that owners and management could force an employee to work in a day. Workers walked off the job and refused to work until a universal eight-hour work day was achieved.
According to labor historian Phillip Foner, 30,000 to 40,000 workers in Chicago alone participated in the strike action and up to 80,000 workers marched in solidarity in the city.
The call for a strike was so successful in drawing people into the streets that the police used violence to try to suppress it. On May 3, police opened fire on a crowd of protesters and killed two strikers. On May 4, a bombing in Haymarket Square during a large rally on the city’s west side killed several workers and police officers. The police again fired on the rally, killing four protesters and wounding dozens in the ensuing chaos.
The celebration of May Day began as a commemoration of this tragedy, which quickly became known as the “Haymarket Massacre.” It was first celebrated in 1890 after a call by the International Workingmen’s Association at their meeting in Paris.in the following decades as the labor movement’s strength began to grow.
The call for international working class solidarity and recognition of the struggles of the working class was received and embraced around the world
The Haymarket Memorial (Photo by Seth Anderson, Chicago)
During World War I, soldiers stopped fighting to commemorate May Day. In the 1930′s, workers all over the world marched against the rise of fascism in Europe on that day. In the United States, a May Day march was held to free the Scottsboro Boys, a group of black men falsely accused of rape in 1931. On May Day in 1945, soldiers from the Red Army raised a red flag over the Reichstag in Berlin to symbolize the defeat of Nazism and the end of World War II. In 1975, thousands marched in Boston on May Day to stop the segregation practices inflicted on black workers in the city by supporters of the white-supremacist group Restore Our Alienated Rights. In the late 1980′s, millions marched in South Africa to bring down the apartheid government there.
Despite the fact that the U.S. set Labor Day in September to separate its working class from the world movement May Day remains the day on which the working class rallies its forces to continue the battle against war, racism, sexism, and, for many, capitalism.