May Day 2013 March in NYC
The May Day celebrations here in NYC were full of joy!
To give you just a taste of what transpired, many Occupiers helped organize and took part in a Free University in Cooper Square Park, outside of Cooper Union, the art school besieged by their greedy and inept Trustees who have decided to charge tuition for the first time since its founding, against the express conditions under which Peter Cooper set up the school. Courses included “Organizing a NYC Student Movement,” “Understanding Basic Economics and Finance,” “Imagining a Student-Worker Run University,” “Climate Debt/Climate Justice,” and “Building a Commons in NYC.”
The OWS Screenprinters Coop were busy at work in Union Square during the May Day rally, screenprinting t-shirts and upcycled materials brought by the public. The design, from the 1968 French student riots - “Beauty is in the Street.”
Want more May Day coverage?
Check out this piece on the Guitarmy with video and songs to play in your community, and read on below!
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Watch these ‘Vines’ for Visuals of OWS at #MayDayNYC
A taste of OWS May Day activities in Union Square
Sandy Survivors and Occupy Sandy leading a chant
The People’s Puppets march down Broadway
May Day in the News
More Occupy in the News
Slate covered last Thursday’s Occupy the N.R.A. action in D.C. Activists brought around large checks to the lobbyists who “[shot] down common sense gun laws” and spoke out about their reasons for taking on this life or death topic: “...the violence happening across this country...[is] unacceptable, and to Occupy Wall Street, and to every Occupier, it should be unacceptable because these deaths are profitable. It’s profitable to the groups whose names you see on these checks here.”
At interoccupy.net you’ll also find a comprehensive run-down of press coverage of Occupy the N.R.A.
As part of May Day, Occupy Museums held a special meeting at Judd Foundation's office at 101 Spring Street, the home and studio of artist and community activist Donald Judd, to discuss their next action: Debt Fair. This planning meeting comes at the cusp of the 1% arriving in New York over these next few days to attend the Frieze Art Fair, infamous for not hiring union laborers, and to attend the Modern and Contemporary sales at the big auction houses - the ultimate vanity shopping events for the 1%. Last year, an alternative art event--Free Art for Fair Exchange--was held in protest on Randall's Island, public parkland bartered out for an exclusive 1% spectacle.
This year, Occupy Museums are using the occasion to announce the September launch of a transformative new model of art exchange that will directly alleviate an artist's student debt, reinvigorating the relationship between artist and buyer, removing the middlemen from process, and activating direct solidarity and community between artists and their audiences.
Occupy these Actions & Events
Tuesday, May 7th, 6:30pm
After May Day-Occupy Wall Street in Action/Open House
60 Wall Street
Please join the Labor Outreach Committee of Occupy Wall Street for our post May Day series of meetings, and strategy sessions to build upon the mobilizations around May Day and to keep the focus on Wall Street as the source of the problems the 99% face on a daily basis. Please note that our regular meeting starts at 6:30pm and Open House starts at 8:00pm
Wednesday, May 8th
OWS organizers in every state are organizing a picket at Bank of America branches. Nothing has changed, the banks are too big to fail, their executives are still criminals and our demand is uncompromising: Break Up Bank of America! Check out Occupy News on Facebook for another tool to make organizing your own local picket simple.
LAST WEEK, ON OCCUPY WALL STREET RADIO...
Tune in to Occupy Wall Street Radio, 6:30PM every M-F, on WBAI (99.5FM in NYC, streamed live www.wbai.org. Recordings are available for 90 days at www.owsradio.org).
Click the dates below to listen to each 25 minute episode from last week.
Tuesday, April 23rd - Angad Bhalla, director of the documentary "Herman's House", about Herman Wallace, who is believed to be in solitary confinement longer than any other prisoner in the USA. Angad also discusses his work in OWS, including the preparations he had helped put together in anticipation of the eviction from Zuccotti Park. http://hermanshousethefilm.com
Thursday, April 25th - Part 1 of a panel on Bradley Manning featuring independent journalist Alexa O’Brien, FireDogLake’s Kevin Gosztola, FAIR’s Peter Hart, and Icelandic parliamentarian Birgitta Jonsdottir. Moderated by Sam Seder.