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#MayDay: The Whole World is Waking! Live Coverage of #M1GS

Posted 2 years ago on May 1, 2012, 9:07 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

TODAY IS MAY DAY! INTO THE STREETS!

Find events in your city here. Before you head out, check our Last-Minute May Day Checklist. If you are in NYC, check out the full schedule. If you can only make one event, come to the (permitted) Solidarity March leaving from Union Square at 5:30pm ET! (Note: This article will be at the top of our main page all day. To see other new posts, scroll down!)

Resources

Twitter Hashtags: #M1GS | #GeneralStrike | #MayDay
In NYC: #M1NYC | @OWSMayDay | @StrikeEverywher | @NYMay1st
Elsewhere: @OccupyGenStrk | @OccupyGenStrike | @BayAreaStrike | @oo_mayday
NYC Resources: Live May Day Radio NYC | Live May Day Protest Map
Other live-blogs: May Day NYC Live | The Occupied Wall St Journal | Village Voice | The Nation | The Guardian

Live Updates

(all times Eastern, all locations in NYC unless otherwise noted)

  • 11:59PM: Reports of live ammunition being used on protesters in Egypt
  • 11:59PM: More police arriving at #LibertySquare
  • 11:47PM: Police are setting up barricades on north side of #LibertySquare , Park closes at midnight
  • 11:40PM: Police are setting up barricades on west side of #LibertySquare
  • 11:30PM: Reports of solidarity rally from Battery Park to #LibertySquare
  • 11:07PM: At least 200 people at #LibertySquare , currently no tension
  • 10:58PM: Reports of possibly 20 or more arrested at Vietnam Veterans Plaza, including medics, veterans, and clergy. Arrests allegedly made because of 10 PM park closing.
  • 10:55PM: More police arrive at #LibertySquare along with what appears to be news vans
  • 10:42PM: March arrived at 24hr park on Wall St & South St, on the waterfront.
  • 10:42PM: First folks released from 1 Police Plaza as more brought in
  • 10:13PM: Police surrounding people in Battery Park, giving a dispersal order. NYPD says they will begin making arrests in 5 minutes. Reports of kettling nets sighted as well.
  • 8:38pm: Popular assembly about to begin at Veteran's Memorial - 55 Water St. #PeoplesAssembly
  • 8:30pm: The permitted march is over. Meet up at Battery Park!
  • 7:30pm: The very front of the march now reaching #LibertySquare. The sidewalks are barricaded, but the park is open. Crowd estimates place size between 10,000 to 25,000. Follow the action via this list of #M1GS street journalists on Twitter or any of the streams throughout this article!
  • 7pm: From Foley Square to Union Square, Broadway is Occupied. March headed to Wall Street now. via @mollyknefel: ¨We are 32 blocks south of Union Sq. People just left there and the streets are full the whole way.¨
  • 6:45pm: Occupy Chicago has shut down five Bank of America branches. Currently blockading Madison & Clark. Occupy Miami reports their livestreamer was targetted and arrested as their march was dispersing. Occupy Detroit tweets: ¨Police tell us to get out, no camping. We say we are here to stay. Camping workgroup meeting now.¨ In Seattle, where police used tear gas earlier in the day, the May Day march just passed the Space Needle. Back in NYC, via @davidgraeber: ¨Random harassment arrests start across Houston [Street]. Saw kid's head smashed repeatedly on concrete, just to show they could.¨
  • 6:35pm: Wash., DC May Day march getting ready to leave Malcom X Park. Reports of police brutality in Montreal, Quebec. Tank/armored personnel carrier seen in Oakland.
  • 6:25pm: Occupy Chicago has successfully shut down a Bank Of America. Watch as they move in. In San Francisco, Occupiers are rolling back the fence as they re-occupy the #SFCommune
  • 6:20pm: via @allisonkilkenny: ¨Apparently, NYPD only letting 10 people out of union sq at a time, which, ya know, is a good way to kill a march.¨

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Union Square just after 6pm

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Broadway just after 6pm

  • 6pm: 1000s still trapped in a labyrinth of police barricades trying to march from Union Square to Wall Street. Broadway is packed, stretching for blocks for the permitted march. Some people report being stuck in the same place for 45+ minutes. Chants: ¨Let us march!¨ Large union presence. Chants at front: ¨Obama, escucha! Estamos en la lucha!" "One struggle, one fight! Workers of the world, unite!" Reports that Occupy Oakland is being kettled. Los Angeles airport (LAX) has been closed for the day. (See info below.) Occupiers in San Francisco tweet: ¨#888Turk reoccupied #sfcommune¨
  • 5:50pm: Many marchers still trapped behind police barricades, some becoming frustrated. Police with metal and plastic cuffs and batons drawn line up around march. Taxi Workers Alliance leading march out of the Square. Meanwhile, Occupy Oakland is being surrounded by three lines of riot police, trapping them in the street and threatening to use more chemical weapons.
  • 5:40pm: In NYC, protesters are being kept behind police barricades and many are stuck in Union Square and unable to move out due to police interference. In Oakland, police have declared an ¨unlawful assembly¨ and issued a dispersal order.
  • 5:30pm: Massive march headed by unions and immigrants rights groups leaving Union Square now, headed to Wall Street! Watch one of many streams live from NYC here. Protesters are reviewing basic march tactics: ¨Keep moving, keep on sidewalk. Don't engage or make contact with cops.¨ @NYCLU reports at least 30 arrests so far today. In Oakland, heavily armed police continue to aggressively attack protesters currently engaged in a stand-off. Oakland police have used tear gas twice already.
  • 5:15pm: As riot police tear gas peaceful protesters in U.S. cities, CNN is covering a surprise 2am (local time) visit to Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan by President Obama. We are still having a party in Union Square! Join us and see for yourself!
  • 5pm: Calls made at Union Square to "cancel student debt, stop foreclosures, provide jobs and healthcare." Across the country, after police fire tear gas, protesters in Oakland are marching on City Hall, which is now being surrounded by riot police. Huge marches forming in Chicago, SF, Seattle, Boston, DC, Philly, Miami, LA...
  • 4:50pm: via Occupiers in Chicago on Twitter: ¨We are having another Direct Action vs the Banks at 4PM [Central]! Want to join us? Come to 180 W Lake St!¨ Others in Chicago enjoying music in Federal Plaza. In NYC, Das Racist is taking the stage at Union Square.
  • 4:40pm: Between music acts at Union Square, speakers from labor movement call for union rights, end to stop and frisk. Undocumented immigrants speaking now: "No human being is illegal! All workers have a right to organize, to unionize!" Crowd chants ¨We are one!¨ Immortal Technique up soon.
  • 4:20pm: In Chicago, riot police on horses are on the scene as march reaches Federal Plaza on Dearborn.
  • 4:05pm: Tom Morello and friends taking the stage now at packed Union Square singing "Worldwide Rebel Song." Watch live! Crowds have been estimated over 10,000 and growing.
  • 4pm: Anti-capitalist march in full effect in Seattle. Occupy Detroit is ready to re-occupy. #M1GS is live in Los Angeles.
  • 3:40pm: Confirmed that police in Oakland have used tear-gas and grenades on crowds including children, elderly, and people with disabilities peacefully demonstrating. Watch on livestream. In NYC, we are still gathering peacefully for a permitted march at Union Square and getting ready to march to Wall Street at 5:30! The Square is packed!
  • 3:35pm: Marchers in Chicago taking a knee in the street in moment of silence for those who fought for the 8 hr day. In Oakland, reports emerging that police have used flash bang grenades and tear gas. via @BootsRiley: ¨The police have tried to arrest several people during bank shutdowns. All have been physically freed by the crowd.¨ via @OccupiedOakTrib: ¨Young woman being treated for a head wound, blood dripping down side of her face¨
  • 3:30pm: The #Guitarmy has reached Union Square.
  • 3:27pm: Speeches taking place on livestream around the Maypole at Union Square.
  • 3:15pm: Multiple marches of thousands are continuing to enter Union Square for the permitted Solidarity Rally and March with performances from Immortal Technique, Das Racist, Tom Morello, and many more! Come hang out and see a free concert! Occupy Denver, Occupy San Francisco, and many other May Day events are being livestreamed.

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Union Square, NYC

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Oakland, CA

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Los Angeles, CA

  • 3:07pm: NYPD have roughed up a marching occupier until bleeding, arrested, left the marcher bleeding despite chants to uncover the face and provide medical treatment.
  • 3:05pm: According to @NYCLU, several arrests have been made as marchers enter 6th Avenue and Waverly to occupy Wall Street. Meanwhile, unions and immigrants rights groups are setting up for the permitted demonstrations at Union Square. Everyone in NYC who can should leave now to meet at Union Square at 4pm!
  • 3pm: March leaving Washington Square Park for Union Square now.
  • 2:50pm: Thousands marching around 32nd and 5th ave. NYPD trying to keep protesters on the sidewalk; marchers sticking to the streets anyway, walking through police lines and around police vehicles. 5th Avenue is #Occupied. Meanwhile, May Day rallies are also underway in Ottawa. In Los Angeles, Occupiers from the ¨North Wind¨ march report: ¨500+ protesters in morning. Riot Police forced detour. Bus Driver donated entire bus to activists convergence-bound!¨
  • 2:30pm: Rally live at http://www.ustream.tv/occupiedair. Now: NYU students, immigrants, more having a speak-out for economic justice.
  • 2:15pm: Thousands now marching from Bryant, stopping in Madison Square Park, then ending in Union Square for the solidarity march and concert! #OccupyGuitarmy with Tom Morello leading the march, singing "this land is your land.¨ Live on http://www.ustream.tv/channel/occupymusician
  • 2:10pm: At Wild Cat march, cops ram people with motorcycles. One falls off and hundreds of marchers run away from aggressive police. Two arrests, both bicyclists, at Lafayette and Spring.
  • 2:03pm: March headed south down 5th towards Union Square. Stopping at Madison to grab Free University folks. Watch livestream at ustream.tv/OccupiedAir of Wildcat March, currently calmly marching through middle of street.
  • 2pm: NYPD barricading Broadway in the Lower East Side. @allisonkilkenny: ¨Black bloc using police barricades to wall off cops¨
  • 1:50pm: San Francisco march headed down Mission. Oakland anti-capitalist march still on-going. In Chicago, United Nurses, Teamsters, SEIU, and immigrant rights groups continue to gather at Union Park.
  • 1:45pm: NYC Wildcat March at Forsyth and Broome evaded police, taking the streets in Chinatown. High school walk-out/speak-out live here. Another march is returning to Bryant Park, being shoved by riot cops. Bryant continues to fill with people, including the Guitarmy, unions, immigrants rights groups, and more.
  • 1:35pm: In NYC, police attacked the Wildcat March on Houston St as it was beginning. Cops plunged into crowd. Many people shoved, tackled, at least 2 arrested. March just took off running through the park, jumping fences. In Oakland, march is on the move. 22nd & Telegraph Broadway (Oakland) have been shut down.
  • 1:30pm: Tom Morello and the #Guitarmy tuning up for 2pm march! Large crowd is already in Bryant Park. The Wildcat March has also began. According to Twitter reports: Approx 100 bicyclists blocking traffic at intersections on Houston St & Chrystie St.
  • 1:27pm: Oakland anti-capitalist march surrounding entrance to a Wells Fargo as riot police protect it. March converging on 22 & Telegraph (Oakland).
  • 1:22pm: @OccupyWallStNYC: An amazing and spirited crowd here at Bryant Park! Come down. We march to Union Square at 2pm!
  • 1:15pm: Police are attacking nonviolent anti-capitalist march in Oakland. Watch live. Cops in a dune-buggy like vehicle charged into the march, running into people and running over the foot of Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen (who was shot in the head last fall). Helicopters are overhead. Marchers are dancing in an intersection, chanting ¨this is a peaceful protest!¨
  • 1:10pm: NYC: Picket march has stopped at a Citibank. Riot cops in the crowd. Midtown marches headed back to Bryant Park now.
  • 1pm: Several marches still on the move across NYC. Large march in the 1000s heading west on 42nd past Grand Central Station. Free University holding talk on solidarity. Across the country, Occupy Oakland anti-capitalist march is live, being followed by heavy riot police presence.
  • 12:52pm: Occupy Chicago marching down Randolph to Union Park. In NYC , a march is going up Houston. Large number of police on mopeds. Watch here at ustream.tv/channel/OccupyMusician.
  • 12:45pm: Occupy Philadelphia May Day march leaving from Wells Fargo in a few minutes.
  • 12:40pm: New picket starts at Citi Bank on 42nd, between 3rd and Lexington. NCYLU reporting the picket is now about 1k strong.
  • 12:35pm: 2 large marches just united at 42nd and Lexington, currently headed to picket Chipotle to support workers fighting for fair treatment agreement. Cops on scooters still following march, mostly staying non-aggressive for now. Immigrant Justice Tour just finished picketing Wells Fargo, largest investor of private prison industry, and Capital Grill for racist hiring practices. Watch on livestream here.
  • 12:30pm: In NYC: (1) March at E 42nd and Madison Ave being followed by cops in riot gear. (2) Student walk-out underway at Paul Robeson HS. (3) Morning commute from Brooklyn March is taking the street at Clinton, just escaped Williamsburg bridge. NYPD have closed Williamsburg Bridge to car traffic. (4) Free #OpenSource hardware and software, and algebra class at Madison Sq Park.
  • 12:12pm: URGENT: Need more people at 41st and Park, 7 police vans full of riot police, and NYPD is starting to kettle!
  • 12:10pm: via Twitter: Occupy Chicago shuts down its first bank of the day. Watch live here or follow #M1CHI. Back in NYC, riot police are trying to break up picket, forcing them away from Wells Fargo and going East on 40th. Arrests have been made. NYCLU legal observers running down to 40th and Park to see why people were arrested.
  • 12noon: Hundreds of marchers crossing Williamsburg Bridge from Brooklyn into Manhattan. At least one grabbed and arrested, being taken away by cops. Large police presence on Manhattan-side of bridge. @OccupyWallStNYC tweets: ¨We are gathering at Paul Robeson HS to greet students as they #WalkItout at 12pm! @SgtShamarThomas in the house too! NLG & mucho cops!¨
  • 11:50am: Both Madison Sq and Bryant Park are packed and calm, workshops (including student debt teach-in) going smoothly. Immigrant worker justice march has taken the street. 500+ on the march now at East 40th and Madison.
  • 11:30am: In Portland, Oregon, students supporting the general strike are gathering outside public schools. For more on May Day in Portland, follow #M1PDX or their live-blog at LiberatePDX.org.
  • 11:10am: Occupy Bushwick crossing the Williamsburg Bridge to join demos in Manhattan. Many folks heading back to Bryant Square to rest until next action. The Bike Bloc will be converging at 1 PM for wildcat march at Houston and 2nd Ave. Bring your bicycle! Meanwhile in Washington, DC, @OccupyKSt tweets: ¨We're already arriving at Malcolm X park for celebration. #M1 festivities start at 3, march at 6!¨
  • 11:05am: Hundreds in impromptu march down 5th Ave, being followed by police vans and scooters. Hundreds also at the Free University in Madison Square Park. Most labor and immigrant organizations won´t even be on the street until 4pm, and numbers are already swelling.
  • 10:55am: March takes the street at 42nd and 5th, front of march locking arms. NYPD following with zip-ties, tackled someone and is making 2nd arrest of the day, for ¨jay walking.¨
  • 10:45am: Police in riot gear seen in the streets in NYC. Cops with dogs at Grand Central. At least one person (a veteran) has been arrested so far. Protesters have been hit by batons. March headed toward Madison & E 47th. Also, food is still available at Bryant Park! Internationally, massive demonstrations against austerity are underway in Turkey, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and elsewhere.
  • 10:35am: Occupy Chicago tweets: ¨Get to Jackson and Lasalle by 10 [Central]. Let's get this party started.¨
  • 10:20am: Band playing "which side are you on?" outside hedge fund office of billionaire John Paulson. 1251 Avenue of America. Crowds still at Bryant Park also. Riot police on the scene with batons at the ready. There is also a dance party in front of a Chase Branch on 6th ave. and 50th st.
  • 10:10am: via @OWSMayDay: Bike Bloc is headed from Union Square to Bryant Park, then to Paulson.
  • 9:55am: About 200 people at Bank of America picket, 6th Ave and 50th St. March making its way through Times Square, as both protesters and police numbers grow rapidly.
  • 9:35am: Mobile picket teams forming to head to various banks throughout the city. Hundreds already gathered. Live at ustream.tv/OccupiedAir. Also, small crowd picketing in front of 1375 Broadway.
  • 9:30am: from @May1StreetTeam: ¨on our way to Bryant Park with homemade baked goods for #maydaymutualaid. Be there in an hour.¨
  • 9:15am: A march is approaching Times Square. United Auto Workers are pamphleting and handing out coffee and donuts. Over at Union Square, police have set up barricades all along the Square. The rain has stopped in NYC.
  • 9:05am: Occupy Bushwhick and Occupy Williamsburg leaving Maria Hernandez Park for morning commute from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Hundreds assembled at Bryant Square pop-up Occupation. Others participating in various pickets across NYC, including at Fox News.
  • 8:50am: The 99 Pickets are underway! Occupiers are playing music and chanting in solidarity with various labor struggles throughout the city, now on livestream.
  • 8:20am: Pop-up Occupation at Bryant Park, NYC still growing, handing out free programs. Scouts report 20 police vehicles on either side of the park. Rallies in Madrid and Barcelona also now live.
  • 8am: Picket lines have formed at LAX Airport in Los Angeles. Airport workers, LA labor unions, community and religious organizations, and Occupiers are protesting against unfair labor practices. Protesters will picket various terminals from 3am to midnight Pacific time. Delays are expected. At least 1200 United Service Workers West will demonstrate and march starting at noon at the Tom Bradley International Terminal. Century Boulevard will be closed from noon until 4 p.m. between Airport Boulevard and the LAX Central Terminal Area.
  • 7:30am: Livestream now live at Bryant Park, NYC. Large police and mainstream media presence. Streamers report numbers are ¨doubling by the minute.¨
  • 7:25am: Now on livestream: Large demo in Hamburg, Germany.
  • 6:40am: Lots of police barricades, a few cops on hand by the Brooklyn Bridge. via @Occuweather: ¨Tracking the heavy rain across the area. Next hour should be light, then another thunderstorm or two around 9.¨ Its supposed to be 73F and sunny by this afternoon though!
  • 6:20am: May Day NYC Radio is live! Occupy the airwaves! Members of the Transport Workers Union talking now. Meanwhile, Occupiers in Greece, the Netherlands, and elsewhere in Europe are also getting May Day events underway. May Day rallies have already seen massive turnouts in Japan, Indonesia, South Korea and elsewhere!
  • 6am: May Day rallies streaming live from Istanbul, Turkey. Occupy London is around Liverpool St station handing out free roses with tags reading: "Love, breathe, hope, create, OCCUPY. There is something better out there."
  • 5:15am: Check out this awesome video of May Day in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia via #OccupyDataran!
  • 3:30am: May Day festivities are underway at Occupy London on GlobalRev livestream! Occupy Sydney events are also underway (live here).
  • 12 midnight: Occupiers in Union Square and in the Freedom Cage on Occupied Wall Street cheer to ring in #MayDay!

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[-] 7 points by Ruckasse (28) from Norwood, NC 2 years ago

Please OWS, I am too old to participate in this, but now is the time to reach out to every kind of clergyman and woman who will listen. In the past, these people set the tone against violence better than you can. History will show this. Don't depend on your intelligence to create sympathy. Now is the time for all of us to forget who we are and rely on each other.

[-] 2 points by GypsyKing (8719) 2 years ago

Profound. Thanks.

[-] 1 points by proudofOKC (361) 2 years ago

When people protest in Myanmar, the Buddhist monks go first. That way the cops would literally have to beat holy men in order to get at the crowd.

[-] 6 points by Mrrotten (18) 2 years ago

Yes very large gathering in NYC, just got back, perhaps 25,000. Lower Broadway was packed. Massive police presence as usual- riot police, scooters, cars, vans, helicopters, etc. Bloomberg and the elites are doing everything they can legally get away with, and then some, to contain this movement.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago

had about 100 min San Diego

[-] 0 points by GypsyKing (8719) 2 years ago

The great thing is, I bet the cops didn't even try to wade into THAT crowd with their billy clubs! We need to remember that for future reference. They don't mind taking on 25 people, but 25,000 makes them shit their pants. (Pardon the vulgarity.)

That is why I suggested we need this kind of coordination, especially in New York. There's strength in numbers. A few people shouldn't be put in the position of facing down THAT police force. That is brutalizing and demoralizing. People should only take to the streets in NY in pre-coordinated actions where their numbers offer protection from Bloomberg's thugs!

Thanks for bringing us that news!

[-] 1 points by ShubeLMorgan2 (1088) from New York, NY 2 years ago

I believe that in the future we'll look back at the 25,000 people with gratitude. And there will be millions of us. Today #Occupy made history.

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[-] 2 points by GypsyKing (8719) 2 years ago

Please don't mind if I laugh a pure laugh from the heart at your beautiful comment . . . Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha . . . !!!

[-] 5 points by ShubeLMorgan2 (1088) from New York, NY 2 years ago

And i wonder how many turned out nationwide and worldwide, And how many just quietly didn't go to work or shop. This is a great day in history.

[-] 4 points by GypsyKing (8719) 2 years ago

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha . . . !!! And they though people would just roll over and quietly die! Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha !!!

I think this is just the beginning!!!

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (22348) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

This story will be unfolding for awhile - and I think that if anyone is awake in government, that they should be reconsidering their position on denying the population their service. We are not at all happy that the criminals are still doing business as usual.

[-] -1 points by GypsyKing (8719) 2 years ago

And that the statute of limitations on the Bush Administration is rapidly running out.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (22348) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Unless conspiracy can be proved then it can be treated like it just happened. That leaves the door open.

[-] 4 points by GypsyKing (8719) 2 years ago

I hope you're right, and is there a statute of limitations on treason? . . .because that is what their lying their way into a war with Iraq was, treason.

[-] 4 points by DKAtoday (22348) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

I believe that treason is like murder - the book never closes.

[-] 2 points by proudofOKC (361) 2 years ago

I don't want to get into a debate in such a happy post, but be careful of the word "treason" because I have had that word thrown at me before. It is a word that can be twisted and manipulated in order to victimize anyone you want. The reason I have been called treasonous is because I am a conscientious objector, so shrugs.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (22348) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Yes treason is a strong word - and yes people can twist words. But it is no reason to tip toe through life either as people will do what they will do with whatever you say so try to be clear with your intent and others can make their own judgements - hopefully there will be the proper interpretations as well as the improper.

[-] 0 points by proudofOKC (361) 2 years ago

Indeed.

[-] 0 points by GypsyKing (8719) 2 years ago

I believe you are right.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (22348) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

That right there would leave "everything" open right up to the time Bush left office.

[-] -1 points by JIFFYSQUID92 (-994) from Portland, OR 2 years ago

2014!!

[-] 0 points by RoughKarma (122) 2 years ago

Why should the police (or anyone) be afraid of a non-violent movement?

[-] 6 points by DKAtoday (22348) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

I caught a little of the Twin Cities ABC 5:00pm report and saw that the OWS & Occupy movements made it onto prime time. Not much more then a mention but it did say that there was activity all across the USA and that the Gathering in New York looked to be the largest gathering In NY to date. A mention on prime time in the Twin Cities - a rare event. I look forward to catching up on other reports.

[-] 3 points by GypsyKing (8719) 2 years ago

Yeah, the MSM is playing it down as much as possible. But that isn't what MATTERS!!! I'm thrilled with todays actions, just thrilled!!!

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (22348) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

They had to mention today's events or lose all credibility for fair and impartial coverage. How could they possibly deny the crowds in the streets existence or try to ignore them. Now we will see who is the worst of the spin monsters.

[-] 2 points by GypsyKing (8719) 2 years ago

You got it. The thing I find most unbelievable right now is that CBS, and I think NPR, are both being sponsored by Goldman Sachs. With that, I think they've lost all credibility!

And these organizations supposedly represent the left-wing media.

So . . . we know how the land lies.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (22348) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

We do. I hope as their spin is promoted that the independent coverage that we had out there today can show them for the blatant liars that they are. That will also help the public to awaken further.

[-] 3 points by GypsyKing (8719) 2 years ago

This thing is rapidly getting beyond their ability to control !!! It just makes me feel like laughing UNCONTROLLABLY !!! Ha, ha, ha . . . !!!

It feels like a breath of clear, fresh air.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (22348) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

I have been feeling like that for the last several days and - THEN - BOOM - MAY DAY - it was awesome. I look forward to see the reactions play out now. I also hope that people will take the opportunity and communicate with government - kind of a heads-up - Hey we are still waiting for you to get to work. And we are getting a tad bit impatient.

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (8719) 2 years ago

Just a tab bit, yes. LOL! The more they try to sweep it under the rug now the bigger it will get, until ALL our grievences are addressed.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (22348) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Or they are likely to see/experience a real shit storm. Yeah I also saw the 2nd half of the frontline documentary tonight and while it still pointed out a lot of the shit that happened I was not at all impressed with how they toned it down and they also put kind of a few twists in it - IMO.

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (8719) 2 years ago

The media are their puppets, plain and simple. The accusation that the media in the US has a leftist bias is an absolute lie, perpetrated by . . . the media!

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (22348) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Corpo-rat-e cover.

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (8719) 2 years ago

Whoopie! We have their number!

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (22348) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

We do. Now lets hand that number out to everyone we can.

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (8719) 2 years ago

Yes . . . lets.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (22348) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Well I had nothing else planned until after the rebirth of America anyway. {:-])

[-] -2 points by JIFFYSQUID92 (-994) from Portland, OR 2 years ago

Guys, please?

[-] -2 points by JIFFYSQUID92 (-994) from Portland, OR 2 years ago

Guys, please?

[-] 2 points by Builder (4202) 2 years ago

There is nothing in our news in Australia about any of this. Will check "World News" on SBS later tonight our time.

So happy that things are moving forward again for the #OWS crews all over the US of A. ;-))

[-] 1 points by Incomplete212 (23) 2 years ago

Today I awoke today to see some of the Occupy movements made prime time news to having members (though they deny if course) involved in a bomb plot in Ohio. Even if they are loosely affiliated, since this is a leaderless movement it is hard to day OWS had nothing to go with it. Someone should have stopped them because it only furthers the paranoia of what OWS represents.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-05-01/bridge-bomb-plot/54661638/1

[-] 6 points by Puzzlin (2898) 2 years ago

This is awesome. The movement is ALIVE!

Glad to be in the streets again!!!

tHE pUZZLER

[-] 2 points by GypsyKing (8719) 2 years ago

Looking at these pictures Awesome is the word! I am truly proud of America today! And this is just the begining!

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 2 years ago

Three Tunes for May Day :

per ardua ad astra ...

[-] 6 points by sufinaga (513) 2 years ago

we need a repeat of the civil rights marches, the million man march, we need to come out and show them that we are THE COMMUNITY, we are THE PEOPLE, we are THE FUTURE!

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[-] 4 points by judaslee (5) 2 years ago

A report from Philly:

http://occupyphillymedia.org/content/strike-banks-occupy-philly-shuts-down-wells-fargo-may-day

Our action was much smaller than in other places, but lots of police presence. The cops shut things down after about 3 hours of marching and blocking access to a Wells Fargo.

[-] 3 points by ShubeLMorgan2 (1088) from New York, NY 2 years ago

Hats off and respect to all who came out today with special thanks to the nameless unleaders who take the main burdens and keep it going. History was written in the streets of the USA today.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oxv9kIFJh5Y

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (8719) 2 years ago

Proud to be American today.

[-] 3 points by occupychris (4) 2 years ago

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[-] 1 points by Incomplete212 (23) 2 years ago

And if you captured any illegal activity in your cameras, like people throwing rocks or objects at windows or people (including police), please report them to the appropriate authorities. This movement has no room for non-peaceful criminals.

[-] 2 points by alexrai (851) 2 years ago

Anyone see this crap?

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/02/us-usa-occupy-may-idUSBRE8400UV20120502

Pure whorporate propaganda, I guess their masters were not listening to Jimmy Kimmel speak about the free press.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (22348) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

I also heard about the failed bridge bombers and their arrest also on local news and mentioned on PBS it was said they were not related to any occupy group or any known terror group and had been acting on their own.

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (8719) 2 years ago

What "strange" timing on the release of that story.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (22348) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Yeah who would figure that their would be some sort of domestic terrorist activity today. I wait to see how many try to blame OWS and Occupy movements. I was surprised to hear a report that they were not affiliated with anyone.

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (8719) 2 years ago

Oh, they will try to make the link in the comming weeks. In fact, I will venture to predict the upcomming "troll tactic for today," for the coming two or three weeks. They've already planned it.

"Occupy Are Terrorists!!!"

Damn these people are scum, they truely are . . . scum!

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (22348) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Check this out - one has not been slow to start: ( Reuters )

[-] 1 points by alexrai (812) 45 minutes ago

Anyone see this crap?

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/02/us-usa-occupy-may-idUSBRE8400UV20120502

Pure whorporate propaganda, I guess their masters were not listening to Jimmy Kimmel speak about the free press. ↥like ↧dislike reply permalink

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (8719) 2 years ago

They are so F--king transparent once you are onto their game! You know what they are going to do before they do it! I just hope EVERYONE out there reads this dialogue, because we are onto them!

Was it a coincidence that they focused on this "terrorist plot," that sounds like entrapment at face value, today, or that they featured vandalism in their footage, by people already suspected of being infiltrators? No, I don't think so.

In an oligarchy, you can expect this kind of coordinated attempt to "manage" the message.

They knew May Day was coming and had plenty of time to coordinate their sickening counter-plot.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (22348) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Also - what the Hell was Obama doing in Afghanistan in the dead of night to make a speech to America about the possibility of a terrorist action on May Day? Seems kinda pat.

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (8719) 2 years ago

The whole damned thing was coordinated. That's not paranoia, that's oligarchy. And that is why I hate the whole thing about "conspiracy theory." When you have an oligarchy you have nothing but conspiracy!!! DUH !!!

That's what an oligarchy does, it conspires!!!!!!!!!!!!!

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (22348) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

We have got to get the people to take back the ownership of their (our) government ASAP.

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (8719) 2 years ago

That's the bottom line, yes. People need to WAKE THE F--K UP!

This isn't a game. People need to come out of their coma and see what's really on the line here!

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (22348) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Would be very helpful if they could be gotten to watch Inside Job.

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (8719) 2 years ago

It would be more helpful if they stopped lying to themselves. I really think everyone knows the score. The battle is now more internal than external.. Can we find the courage to act upon what we know to be true? . . . Tune in next week.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (22348) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

It must be getting late as I did not mean to sound like I was in disagreement. I can not help but run off at the mouth sometimes. It's late I am tired - and this old guy moves slow at the best of times. So lets just say sorry for the misunderstanding as I am in agreement with you.


[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (6977) 13 minutes ago

I'm sorry if I didn't express my meaning clearly. I was reffering to a general fact about human commnication, not some implicit critisim. I have way too much repect for you to ever do that. ↥like ↧dislike permalink

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (22348) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

OK yep I see your point. I like to keep it real - the world is not a polite place most of the time - it is gritty and coarse all to often. It is good to say it as it is. I try to mix it up most days as many are not that ready to be real until they have been dealing with it for awhile. Then the truth of the words is more important then the presentation.


[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (6977) 0 minutes ago

I certainly didn't mean that as a criticism. What I meant was that we are all conditioned to keep our speech within the bounds of social conditioning. I do this - everyone does it. Much of what goes on in this process of social conditioning is that we learn to not express ourselves too unguardedly, but there are times to throw these inhibitions to the wind, and that is what I believe we have done here,

It's not something that happens ever day:) ↥like ↧dislike permalink

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (8719) 2 years ago

I'm sorry if I didn't express my meaning clearly. I was reffering to a general fact about human commnication, not some implicit critisim. I have way too much repect for you to ever do that.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (22348) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Well thanks for that GK. But just between you and I? I don't think we have been saying what is expected - just what is. It just happens that what "is" should be expected as we are talking about greed crime corruption and the theft/kidnapping of government - pretty easy to to see what needs to be said. That is why trolls try to step on it - but they can not as they have no facts to support them.

So generally they step "in it" - their own droppings.


[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (6977) 0 minutes ago

Thanks for being here DKA. This was a VERY GOOD dialogue. We managed to express a lot of truth here, I think. That is what excites me about this process; these moments when we really get past the tired old things we are expected to say, and instead say what we really believe.:) ↥like ↧dislike permalink

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (8719) 2 years ago

I certainly didn't mean that as a criticism. What I meant was that we are all conditioned to keep our speech within the bounds of social conditioning. I do this - everyone does it. Much of what goes on in this process of social conditioning is that we learn to not express ourselves too unguardedly, but there are times to throw these inhibitions to the wind, and that is what I believe we have done here.

That's profound.

It's not something that happens ever day:)

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (22348) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Same Bat Time Same Bat Channel.

I believe that we are doing all of the right things and I believe that showed today in turn-out all across the Nation. We need to keep at it.

[-] 2 points by GypsyKing (8719) 2 years ago

Thanks for being here DKA. This was a VERY GOOD dialogue. We managed to express a lot of truth here, I think. That is what excites me about this process; these moments when we really get past the tired old things we are expected to say, and instead say what we really believe.:)

[-] 0 points by Incomplete212 (23) 2 years ago

Read the articles. Right now they were discovered as loosely affiliated with the OWS movement. But OWS Cleveland said they had no idea this groups true intentions.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (22348) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Yeah imagine rogue FBI supporters of the movement against greed corruption and crime recruiting Dumb Shits to do dumb things. I thought they screened better at the FBI.

[-] 1 points by Incomplete212 (23) 2 years ago

Well I think we can all agree that there probably is going to be a correlation with domestic terror and OWS. There are going to be members of OWS who will be unhappy of the direction or pace the movement is going. If you are angry enough at Corporate America and mad enough about your situation with a bank, you might do something stupid. Look at the idiot who sent white powder to banks.

The problem is this type of behavior only detracts from the movement, gets the media to write about the negative things and the movement, and basically wasted energy denying or defending these idiots actions. Let's get real for a minute. If you know that a fellow OWS was going to do something stupid, would you report them? I personally would in a heartbeat. This movement has no room for idiots or anarchists. This is a peaceful movement, and if you cant abide by the rules you should leave. Just sayin'

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (22348) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

This is not a game and the greedy corrupt criminals will not be brought down by acts of vandalism or violence. These things hurt our movements. I denounce those who commit violence and vandalism as I also call out those who are baiting them to do it as I call out those in positions of power who are turning a blind eye to the white collar crime that got us here as I call out those same people in power who are using the police as strong armed thugs.

[-] 1 points by Incomplete212 (23) 2 years ago

At least there is someone else that is willing to call people out. I get frustrated by the hypocrisy sometimes that these acts of vandalism and violence are somehow acceptable to move the dialogue forward. I totally disagree with that.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (22348) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Hell they figure since they have been enforcing the news blackout - that people do not know better. The word is spreading and they want to throw mud now that it is more than apparent that the movements against greed crime and corruption are not going to fade away.

[-] 2 points by bigbangbilly (594) 2 years ago

Based on your post the police did not say where to disperse.

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[-] 1 points by VioletTao (5) 2 years ago

I watched On Timcast and other places the events. I would like to suggest that the use of the mic check be used more effective. mic check ( just repeat) for a minute to get the whole crowds attention, Then declare in one voice that you are all there via mic check to use your 1st amendment right to peaceful assemble and that NYPD dispersion is a abridgment to that right . just a suggestion

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[-] 1 points by jimevanhoe1 (55) 2 years ago

..........France throws their Bums out of Office............ ........Nicolas Sarkozy is gone!................................. ......Soon the British will do the same.......................

But it is in the USA where Public Corruption has to be brought to an end..........with charges,and convictions that end in long term prison sentences for Wall Street executives, War Criminals such as GW Bush, and the Criminal Negligence of and by Obama in his on going deliberate failure to prosecute Corruption. Obama has failed to prosecute Goldman-Sachs for the largest Financial Securities Fraud in Global History. And at the same time hired about 12 Goldman-Sachs executives.

..............Not one Top Level Executive has been convicted...............

Nicolas Sarkozy is out, Cameron of Britain and Obama of the USA must be thrown out of Office this Year............. ...............it isn't the end of the World.............. it is the End of Public Corruption, Financial Corruption and Needless Wars.

James P. Evanhoe........jimevanhoe@gmail.com

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[-] 1 points by PatrickOxOethafulm (35) 2 years ago

the 1% must have been pooping themselves

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[-] 1 points by Belladaga (1) 2 years ago

I work in the middle east and I frequently watch news. I'm so sad because I haven't even seen any of these from BBC, CNN and Al Jazazeerah channels. On how they rob us knowledge in current events is brutal. And yet in every OCCUPYST brings hope to everyone, we all wan't a better future. God bless us all. Let us all stay strong!!!!

[-] 1 points by Toynbee (656) from Savannah, GA 2 years ago

The Los Angeles protest movements were split. And very very peaceful from everything I saw over six hours during parades and grand stand events. Part of it dealt with immigration. The other part, at Pershing Square related to all the other Occupy issues.

Cops nearly outnumbered protesters.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago

san diego did not have any trouble with the cops

there were about 100 of us and 8 cops

wait, I heard someone was arrested during the march before I arrived

[-] 1 points by Mrrotten (18) 2 years ago

I may have possibly over estimated the number of people in the actual march down Broadway, but it was a very large assembly indeed. The number of participants is less important that my point about the containment of said crowd. Actually the police would have had no problem wading into the crowd with swinging billy clubs because the crowd was a linear procession not a massed group. There were vans, police cars, paddy wagons, and unmarked cars front and back, and then along the flanks of the march the cops in riot gear also moved along. Not to mention on the side streets there were more vans, groups of cops, scooters etc.

But there is no question Bloomberg is spending an eye watering amount of money, and doing everything he and his cronies can think of, to control and contain OWS.

[-] 1 points by RoughKarma (122) 2 years ago

I was in Times Square on New Years Eve/2000. Seven million people for a party event. Now that's a turn-out.

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[-] 1 points by littlebiggygirl (26) from Hesperia, CA 2 years ago

now what? protests need to be translated into votes for any lasting impact. http://littlebiggy.org/4660547

[-] 1 points by proudofOKC (361) 2 years ago

I feel like we're voting in a corrupt system, to be honest. And what does my vote really matter when someone's brother has a stack of ballots in his pocket in Florida?

[-] 1 points by khkim (1) 2 years ago

What's the next protest schedule after May Day?

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