A poster advertising the Occupy movement's call for a general strike (Imnop/Occuprint)
It's May Day--international workers day. And a big day of actions planned by the Occupy movement in the US, protesting economic inequality, has already gotten off to a start.
In addition to a "pop-up occupation" in Bryant Park, picket lines outside of banks and more, a large march from Union Square to Wall Street is set to take place in the afternoon. And a leading Palestine solidarity group in New York City, Adalah, has called for activists to join them and the Occupy Wall Street Global Justice Working Group at the march.
The call from the OWS Global Justice Working Group, which works on issues like Bahrain and Palestine solidarity, reads:
MAY DAY March + Celebrate with the OWS Global Justice Working Group
• No poverty • No mass incarceration • No racial profiling • No detentions •
• No wars • No bombs • No drones • No xenophobia • No state repression •
The 1% crashed our economy, foreclosed our homes, destroyed jobs, and waged wars for profit. We, the 99%, declare our commitment to resist and to end wars at home and abroad. We join with immigrants, workers, students, the unemployed and all people of conscience, united in a global picket against austerity, repression, and the theft of our lives, creativity, and a sustainable future.
On May 1, The Global Justice working group at Occupy Wall Street and friends will march together as a decolonize / antiwar / solidarity block. Bring signs representing your group!
Rally, 4 PM: Meet at the Gandhi statue in Union Square (southwest side, nr. W 15th St).
March, 5:30 PM: We’ll join the permitted march from Union Square to Wall Street with a coalition of labor, immigrant, OWS, student, and faith organizations.
Celebrate + connect, from end of march til the break of dawn: Dakota Roadhouse, 43 Park Place (nr. Church St). If not otherwise engaged in the event of unlawful actions by Bloomberg’s private army during this permitted march, we’ll eat, drink, and connect with likeminded grassroots organizers at the Global Justice working group’s inaugural happy hour.
Toast-off! Last September, the 1% once mocked us with champagne toasts from the balcony of a private Wall Street hotel. On May Day, we toast back! Tear gas profiteers, PR slobs, imperial thieves, vampire squids, and their government lackeys are no match for the people’s wit. Come with a “toast” to your own target in the 1%.
And at 2 pm, as part of a "free university" action in Madison Square Park, a teach-in on Palestine will be held. Led by two researchers working in the West Bank, the teach-in will be about the "contemporary situation in Palestine" and "issues of infrastructure and the state, settler colonialism and the law, and privatization and the statist project."