We’re still in the process of planning events, actions, and mutual aid on May 1st — that means that you have a voice in what it’s going to look like. Join us and help organize!
WHAT’S HAPPENING ON MAY DAY?
On May 1st, 2012, we are creating a new kind of holiday – A People’s Holiday – one that’s not just another flavor of consumerism, but which invites us to image a world beyond consumerism.
We ask you to do one of two things to commemorate this day:
- Don’t like what you do? Don’t do it. Take one day to do something you love instead.
- Love what you do? Do it for free. Take it to the next level and bring it to the public.
This is what it means to strike today. Join us as we imagine another way of living.
MAY DAY SCHEDULE
Note: this schedule is tentative. All times and locations are subject to (radical) change.
8 A.M. TO 2 P.M. — BRYANT PARK
- Bryant Park will be the site of a fun and friendly “Pop-up Occupation”, featuring free food, a free market, free services, skillshares, workshops, teach-ins, speak outs, public art, performances, discussions, and trainings.
- This will be a staging area for direct action and civil disobedience in Midtown throughout the day: creative disruptions, bank blockades, outreach to commuters and tourists, and more!
- Amongst many autonomous actions, this will also be the launching ground for our 99 Pickets! We will be setting up 99 Picket Lines to expose, disrupt, and shut down the corporations who rule our city — it will be an effective way for people to plug into the morning activities on May Day. Drop a line to the organizers to get plugged in: 99PicketLines@gmail.com
- At noon there will be a guitar workshop and rehearsal for the Occupy Guitarmy with Tom Morello.
2 P.M. — MARCH TO UNION SQUARE
- March and make music with the Occupy Guitarmy, led by Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine! OWS Music is enlisting 1,000 guitar-playing musicians to join this march. Please contact OWS Music if you would like to be a specialist.
4 P.M. — UNITY RALLY AT UNION SQUARE
- The May Day Solidarity Coalition has organized an historic convergence of the 99%!
- Join Occupy Wall Street, labor unions, the immigrant justice coalition, students, and faith & community groups will hold a massive, permitted, safe rally at Union Square.
- Musical performances by Das Racist, Dan Deacon, Tom Morello, Immortal Technique, Bobby Sanabria, and other special guests.
5:30 P.M. — SOLIDARITY MARCH STARTING AT UNION SQUARE
- A permitted, safe march from Union Square to Wall Street with a coalition of labor, immigrant, OWS, student, and faith organizations.
7 P.M. — MARCH TO STAGING AREA FOR EVENING EVENTS
- Everyone from the solidarity march will gather together at the endpoint of our march for music, speakers, and an exciting celebration to culminate this historic convergence.
TRANSFORMING NEW YORK CITY
In addition to these convergences, many more actions will transform our city into a better world:
- From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Free University will spring up in Madison Square Park.
- The Free University is an open invitation to educators around New York City to participate in May Day 2012.
- Lectures, workshops, skill-shares, and discussions will be held — all open to the public. University professors will bring their classes to the commons.
- Arts and performances will permeate the city, transforming it into a living, walking exhibition.
- A massive choir performance, with hundreds of people singing to draw others out. Dance brigades. Projections on buildings. Teams of clowns. Radical faeries. A Guitarmy. Acrobats. Live painting. Musicians of every kind. A beautiful explosion of art will light the way for people trying to recreate themselves and their world. Join in at call2create.org
- Foreclosed homes will be defended, and empty homes will be reoccupied.
- Workplaces will begin to be run by workers.
SUPPORT AND SOLIDARITY
THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE MANY LOCAL ORGANIZATIONSSUPPORTING A DAY WITHOUT THE 99%:
AFSCME DC 1707
AFSCME CSEA Region 2
AFSCME Local 371 (SSEU)
AFSCME Local 372 DC 37
AFSCME Local 375 DC 37
AFSCME DC 37 Retirees Association
AFT Local 2334 (PSC-CUNY)
American Federation of Musicians Local 802
Centro Guatemalteco Tecun Uman
Coalition for Public Education (CPE)
Committees of Correspondence
Community/Farmworker Alliance NYC CWA District 1
CWA Local 1180
CWA Local 31003 The New York Newspaper Guild
Domestic Workers United
Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE)
Freedom Socialist Party
Greater NY Labor-Religion Coalition
Green Party of NYC
Guyanese American Workers United
Honduras USA Resistencia
IBT Joint Council 16
IBT Local 808
IBT Local 814
Immigrant Workers Movement
Industrial Union Council New Jersey
International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees
International Action Center
International Socialist Organization
Jornaleros Unidos de Woodside
La Pena del Bronx
Labor for Palestine
Left Labor Project
LIUNA Local 10
LIUNA Local 78
LIUNA Local 79
Long Island Workplace Project
Make the Road New York
May 1st Coalition National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON)
National Domestic Workers Alliance
National Immigrant Solidarity Network
National Jobs for All Coalition
New York Broadcast Trades Council
New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
New York City Labor Against the War
New York City LCLAA
New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (NYCHRP)
New York Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvadore
New York Communities for Change
New York Immigration Coalition
New York Taxi Workers Alliance
NYS District Communist Party USA
Occupy Sunset Park
Occupy Wall Street
Organization of Staff Analysts
Pakistan USA Freedom Forum
Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York
Retail Action Project
School of Americas Watch (SOA Watch)
Senegalese Workers Association
Sisa Pakari Cultural & Labor Center
TWU Local 100
UAW Region 9A
UAW Local 1981
UNITE HERE Local 100
Veterans for Peace Chapter 3 NYC
Workers United, SEIU
Workers World Party
Writers Guild of America, East Coast
If your organization would like to endorse A Day Without the 99%, please contact us.
THESE GENERAL ASSEMBLIES HAVE ANSWERED THE CALL FOR A GENERAL STRIKE:
|Occupy Atlanta, GA
Occupy Albany, NY
Occupy Amherst, MA
Occupy Baltimore, MD
Occupy Bellingham, WA
Occupy Boston, MA
Occupy Bozeman, MT
Occupy Brooklyn, NY
Occupy Buffalo, NY
Occupy Burlington, VT
Occupy Bushwick, NY
Occupy Chicago, IL
Occupy Cleveland, OH
Occupy Dayton, OH
Occupy Detroit, MI
Occupy Durango, CO
Occupy Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Occupy Fullerton, CA
Occupy Honolulu, HI
Occupy Huntington, WV
Occupy Irvine, CA
Occupy Las Vegas, NV
Occupy Long Beach, CA
Occupy Long Island, NY
Occupy Los Angeles, CA
Occupy Melbourne, AU
Occupy Miami, FL
|Occupy Minneapolis/Twin Cities, MN
Occupy Mira Monte, CA
Occupy Naples, FL
Occupy New Jersey
Occupy Oakland, CA
Occupy Ottawa, ON, Canada
Occupy Oxnard, CA
Occupy Pasadena, CA
Occupy Philadelphia, PA
Occupy Phoenix, AZ
Occupy Portland, OR
Occupy Providence, RI
Occupy Richmond, VA
Occupy Riverside, CA
Occupy San Diego, CA
Occupy San Fernando Valley, CA
Occupy San Jose, CA
Occupy Santa Cruz, CA
Occupy Schenectady, NY
Occupy Seattle, WA
Occupy St. Louis, MO
Occupy Sydney, AU
Occupy Tacoma, WA
Occupy Tampa, FL
Occupy Venice, CA
Occupy Ventura, CA
Occupy Washington, D.C.
Occupy Williamsburg, NY
Occupy Wall Street