New York City Workers Unite To Occupy May Day [Video]

May Day, an international day of celebration and protest, saw scores of workers take to the streets in cities around the world.

In New York City, the crux of the Occupy Wall Street movement here in America, thousands of workers — representing hundreds of different nationalities, industries and age groups — marched, spoke, demonstrated and shared knowledge with fellow members of the 99% in hopes that 2012 will finally be the year when corruption and social injustice will finally be exposed in America.

Yes, there were some who showed up at the rallies and marches with nothing more than violence and vandalism on their minds. They carried out their malicious deeds with no support from the majority of Occupiers who participated in the General Strike. Yes, as we saw in Seattle and Oakland, there were arrests, as police watched protesters like hawks, waiting for just one toe to slip out of line. In some cases, protesters were kettled suddenly and arrested en masse, with no idea what they had done wrong.

We must remember, this is a leaderless movement of the people: there are no rules, except a constant call for nonviolence and compassion. There will be those who heed the call, and those who don’t. Peaceful occupiers have no ability to control the actions of those who wish to put their own safety, and the validity of the movement at risk by becoming violent. They will face their own consequences, and the peaceful, productive work of the larger movement will continue.

Most importantly, May Day 2012 reminded the 1% that we are still here, we are still disgusted by their greed, and we will continue to fight for a society where people are treated with respect, regardless of their color, beliefs or economic status. We will continue to demand that our rights be honored, that our poor be cared for and that our children be guaranteed a future in which they can thrive — not merely exist to serve the rich and more powerful.

Did you participate in a May Day event this week? Please share your experience in the comments!

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John S.
John Steinsvold5 years ago

Let's Occupy Our Economy!

An Alternative to Capitalism (if the people knew about it, they would demand it)

Several decades ago, Margaret Thatcher claimed: "There is no alternative".
She was referring to capitalism. Today, this negative attitude still persists.

I would like to offer an alternative to capitalism for the American people to consider.
Please click on the following link. It will take you to an essay titled: "Home of the Brave?"
which was published by the Athenaeum Library of Philosophy:

John Steinsvold

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result."
~ Albert Einstein

John Mansky
John Mansky5 years ago

Thank you for the article...

jo sippie-gora
jo sippie-gora5 years ago

I was there most of the day, starting with Bryant Park, but had to leave once the marches got to 13th St. What I witnessed was a wonderful diversity of people participating. The people demonstrating - young and old alike - were well-organized, respectful, creative, cooperative, informed and determined to be heard and seen. Early on, the NYPD, even though present in huge numbers, were hands-off, though recording everything and everyone with advanced surveillance technology. The calm changed when we spilled into the street because the sidewalks just couldn't accomodate the thousands of marchers. At one point, the police used motorcycles & cars to blockade us, pushing and causing a crush that was unavoidable. Police capitalized on this opportunity, which they alone had created, to detain and arrest a few. We continued to march... Occupy is not going away. Occupy is building local community everywhere. Nonviolently.

Glenn M.
Glenn Meyer5 years ago

Spread the protest.

Tax breaks for the“job creators,” cannot work in a “global economy.” The jobs being created are those being sent overseas. That is the incentive. Innovation and job creation won’t stop the artificial removal of jobs from the U.S. and therefore cannot create national prosperity. Education will not help either. The price differential for the educated is equally disparate and those jobs are already being sent over seas.

Corporations have over-powered our government which now believes that out-sourcing and off-shoring of U.S. jobs is inevitable and necessary with expectations that the middle class should fall on their swords. It is the underlying cause of the financial collapse and borders on national security with the loss of our middle class tax base. Yet, this nation does nothing, not even demand it be restricted or disincentivized by whatever method. International businesses are doing the UN-AMERICAN activity of destroying U.S. salaries, U.S. businesses that hire in the U.S., and as an end result, destroying the U.S. marketplace while still demanding BUSINESS ENTITLEMENTS and protections for themselves.

Infrastructure spending and tax breaks will not replace enough jobs to keep up with the hemorrhaging loss of U.S. jobs from out-sourcing over seas. Neither party will do anything about it without grass roots efforts of protest. If nothing is done we will deserve what we get and it will get a lot worse before it

Sarah Mumford
S M5 years ago

Thank you OWS.

Robert H.
Robert Hamm5 years ago

Sandy Must have missed the part where it said city Workers joined the May Day event with OWS. Worrkers Sandy. Most of there OWS is employed

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David Nuttle
Past Member 5 years ago

Leaders need to emerge and give OWS the kind of direction and singular purpose needed to sustain the movement. Any movement that is not organized, and lacking direction, is likely to fail ...and when you have criminal elements on the "fringe" of any movement it may soon become ineffective. With the current lack of strong leadership, I'm certain the "big bankers," and their friends in Congress, all believe that the OWS movement will soon disappear. The 99 percent need for OWS to succeed.

Sandy Erickson
Sandy Erickson5 years ago

'OCCUPY' should get off their asses and get jobs!

J.L. A.
j A5 years ago

I am grateful to OWS to keep reminding us of our constitutional rights and the need to change the disparate income picture by how we invest in our country and economy.