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Occupy Wall Street's New York May Day Protest Schedule

04/30/2012 03:51 pm ET | Updated May 01, 2012

After a sleepy winter, Occupy Wall Street protesters across the country will attempt to rejuvenate the movement with a May Day "general strike" May 1st.

In New York, organizers have scheduled permitted (and not permitted) activities across the city all day--including a "guitarmy," a concert in Union Square, flash meditation mobs, and a climatic "solidarity march." (LIVE UPDATES BELOW)

(Meanwhile, The NYPD is training for the protests on Randall's Island.)

The full schedule for the "day without the %99" is pasted below.

NYC MAY DAY 2012 ACTIONS

99 Picket Lines
Midtown Manhattan
Community groups, unions, affinity groups and OWS
more info

Pop-up Occupation with Mutual Aid (unpermitted)
8am–2pm, Bryant Park, Manhattan
Occupy Wall Street
more info

May Day Morning Commute from Brooklyn
8:00am, Maria Hernandez Park, Brooklyn
Free Coffee + Breakfast! MARCH from Knickerbocker to Flushing to Broadway to Continental Army Plaza
Occupy Williamsburg, Occupy Bushwick
more info

Sitting Meditation
8–11am, Bryant Park (southwest corner), Manhattan
OWS Meditation working group

Bike Bloc
9am, Union Square, Manhattan
Strike Everywhere
more info

The Free University: Lectures, Workshops, Skill-Shares and Discussions
10am–3pm, Madison Square Park, Manhattan
more info

Occupy Brooklyn March over the Williamsburg Bridge and into Wall Street
10:30am, Continental Army Plaza, Brooklyn
Occupy Williamsburg, Occupy Bushwick
more info

Building Community Alternatives to Capitalism Day
11am–10pm, LaunchPad, 721 Franklin Ave., Brooklyn
Brooklyn Skillshare
more info

Teach-in: How to Keep Your Cool and Occupy…Understanding Aggression
11am, Bryant Park (southwest corner), Manhattan
OWS Meditation working group

High School Student Walkout Convergence
12pm, Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn
more info

Guitarmy: Guitar Workshop and Rehearsal with Tom Morello
Permitted Gathering Space for May Day Festivities
12pm, Bryant Park, Gertrude Stein Statue (east side), Manhattan
OWS Music working group
more info

Call2Create
art events all day throughout NYC
more info

Wildcat March (unpermitted)
1pm, Sara D. Roosevelt Park (East Houston St. & 2nd Ave.), Manhattan
Strike Everywhere
more info

OWS Mutual Aid cluster
1pm-4pm, Union Square
OWS Mutual Aid cluster is hosting a free store, skill shares and workshops on a variety of subjects related to life outside the dominant capitalist paradigm.

3pm May Pole Dance with Movement for Change and the Puppet Guild.

Meditation Flash Mob followed by Kirtan
1pm, Bryant Park (southwest corner), Manhattan
OWS Meditation working group

Day Without Workers/Día sin los Trabajadores: May Day March and Speakout
2pm, 5th Ave. at 54th St. in Brooklyn, marching to 36th St & 4th Ave. to take subway at 3:30pm to Union Square rally in Manhattan
Occupy/Ocupemos Sunset Park
more info

MayDay on D-Block!!
2pm, Houston & Ave D, Manhattan
LES public housing residents & tenants take their struggle to the street! All invited!
Occupy Avenue D

Occupy Wall Street & Guitarmy March (unpermitted)
2pm, Bryant Park to Union Square, Manhattan
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Contingent!
3pm at Regal Movie Theatre, 50 Broadway (at 13th St.) - joining rally at Union Square after
Audre Lorde Project, FIERCE, Queers for Economic Justice, Streetwise and Safe and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project
more info

Solidarity Rally with Tom Morello, Dan Deacon, Immortal Technique, Das Racist, Bobby Sanabria and special guests (permitted)
4–5:30pm, Union Square, Manhattan
May First Coalition, Labor Unions and OWS
more info

May Day Choir Convergence
5:15pm, Madison Square Park (in front of the fountain), Manhattan
more info

Occupy the Rent Guidelines Board: A Tenants’ General Assembly
5:30pm, 7 East 7th St. (outside Cooper Union), Manhattan
Real Rent Reform Campaign

Solidarity March (permitted)
5:30pm, Union Square to Wall Street, Manhattan
May First Coalition, Labor Unions and OWS
more info

JD Samson & MEN Perform
7pm, 2 Broadway
After the march concludes, more performances and speakers will start the after-party!

Occupy Wall Street Afterparty
8pm, Wall Street area
details forthcoming…

05/02/2012 2:51 AM EDT

Dozens Arrested At Occupy Oakland Protests

Twenty-five people were arrested on May 1 during the Occupy Oakland demonstrations, the City of Oakland reported. Although a complete breakdown of the arrests is not currently available, at least one person was detained for assaulting a police officer. Two others face felony arson arrests (one of the suspected arsonists allegedly set a police vehicle on fire).

Incidents of vandalism were reported at three banks. The windows of an Oakland Police Department van were broken and the tires of one news media vehicle were also punctured.

Public Works crews are now trying to clean up the damage and restore the city before daybreak.

-- Jade Walker

05/02/2012 1:03 AM EDT

After Massive March, May Day In New York Ends With Assembly And Scattered Arrests

As thousands of people streamed down Broadway into Lower Manhattan, they faced a choice: go home to their apartments or stick around to see what happened next. Many -- including almost all the union members and immigrant rights' activists, it seemed -- chose the former. The younger demonstrators who remained, many of them clad in black, headed to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza.

By 9 p.m., perhaps a thousand protesters were gathered in the small park. "This park officially closes at 10 p.m. Some of us will stay here indefinitely," one speaker announced over the human microphone. The goal was nothing short of re-occupation.

As the hour wore on, people sat and chatted and something of a General Assembly occurred. (Occupy Wall Street hasn't had one of those gatherings since March.) Shortly after 10 p.m., a police officer on a bullhorn announced that anyone who stayed would be arrested. Most of those assembled complied with police orders. A few -- reportedly from Veterans for Peace and Occupy Faith -- stayed on, willing to be arrested.

Hundreds streamed into the night, some getting on subway trains and others engaging in a cat-and-mouse game with the police through the Financial District's narrow streets. The Huffington Post witnessed several arrestees loaded into a police van at Hanover Square, including one of a man wearing an Oakland Athletic's baseball cap.

By the end, a few hundred protesters gathered in Zuccotti Park to wind down a successful day's gathering and relive old times. In the city host to the A's, meanwhile, the night was only getting started.

-- Matt Sledge

05/02/2012 12:30 AM EDT

Bomb Plot Suspects Had Limited Connections To Occupy Movement

Business Week reports that the men charged with plotting to blow up a bridge had only vague associations with Occupy Cleveland. Although they had attended Occupy events in the past, FBI spokesperson Vicki Anderson told the publication that there was no link between the alleged bomb conspiracy and the Occupy group.

"This was not an Occupy movement plot," she said. "They were individuals that formed their own group to conspire."

The men allegedly felt that the Occupy movement didn't go far enough and were considering a hospital or a cargo ship as possible targets.

USA Today reported: "What sets the alleged Ohio operation apart is its link to self-proclaimed anarchists -- with no connections to international terrorist organizations -- who believed that members of the ubiquitous Occupy protest movement had not gone far enough to express their displeasure with high-flying corporate America."

-- Jason Cherkis

05/01/2012 11:29 PM EDT

More Images From Occupy LA's May Day Actions

-- Photos by Brandon Bowlin/thedarkroome.com

05/01/2012 11:25 PM EDT

Scenes From Occupy LA's May Day Actions

-- Photos by Brandon Bowlin/thedarkroome.com

05/01/2012 10:52 PM EDT

Occupy Wall Street Protesters Smash Windows At Wells Fargo Bank Branch In Seattle

Protesters smashed windows at a Wells Fargo bank branch and Starbucks store in Seattle on May Day, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal. The Wells Fargo Center in downtown Seattle "had the feel of a building about to be under siege, but not just yet."

You can view a slideshow of the Seattle protest here, from the Puget Sound Business Journal.

--Bonnie Kavoussi

05/01/2012 10:51 PM EDT

Profiles Of 3 Alleged Anarchists Arrested By The FBI For Plotting To Blow Up Bridge

--From Lakewood (Ohio) Patch:

Brandon Baxter

The former Lakewood resident was arrested a few times as a juvenile — including a September 2009 incident when he was arrested for allegedly stabbing a family member with a knife. Lakewood police charged him with aggravated attempted murder, but the outcome of the case is not available as juvenile court records were sealed. As an adult, Baxter -- whom acquaintances told Patch was intelligent, quiet and strange -- was charged with criminal trespassing in 2010, stemming from an incident at Lakewood Park.

Anthony Hayne

With a criminal history that stretches back to 2000, Hayne's record is littered with charges of theft, drugs and receiving stolen property. Hayne was most recently found guilty of breaking and entering in November 2011. In that case, he was sentenced to probation.

Joshua Stafford

In August 2010, Stafford pleaded guilty to charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor; giving false information to a police officer; and possession of drug paraphernalia. In Lorain County, he also was charged with criminal trespassing, theft and receiving stolen property and attempted breaking and entering.

-- Colin McEwen

05/01/2012 10:41 PM EDT

Occupy LA Assembly About To Begin

-- Photo submitted by Occupy activist Joan Donovan.

05/01/2012 10:38 PM EDT

Occupy Miami Releases Statement About Arrests

Occupy Miami blames police for the arrest of 3 May Day protestors, including a live-streamer accused of assaulting an officer. In a statement, the group said police prompted a skirmish by becoming overly agressive while providing what an Miami Police Department incident report termed "safe escort":

Miami police escalated what was a peaceful protest by pulling three individuals out of the crowd of 100 in front of the Wells Fargo and beating them with fists and batons. They also punched our live stream media in the face and nearly broke his phone...

While the protestors had not instigated any problems the police and been escalating the action towards violence for most of the march by running cars and bicycles into the peaceful marchers.

Occupiers are now holding a candlelight vigil outside the jail to protest the arrests. Get the full story, at HuffPost Miami.

-- Janie Campbell

05/01/2012 10:21 PM EDT

NYPD Moving In

Police appear to be ready to make a move against the protesters at 55 Water street. The NYCLU reports: "NYPD on bullhorn saying that park is closed, you will have few minutes to leave, if you refuse you will be arrested."

Reporter Matt Sledge says that "Police lining up around edge of Vietnam vets, speaker says 'know that this decision is your own.'"

Another Twitter user reports, "Several NYPD vans just rolled up to 55 Water. Very scary sight."

-- Jonah Green

#LAPD officers all over City Hall...making sure no one tries to #occupy the lawn again. #OLA yfrog.com/obkfdmoj

— Claudia Peschiutta (@KNXClaudia) May 1, 2012

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In Downtown LA, there is a heavy police presence, although no riot gear, and several streets are closed.

KNX Reporter Claudia Peschiutta tweeted from downtown LA about Councilman Zine and Occupy LA's old stomping grounds:\r\n \r\n
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Via HuffPost's Adam Goldberg:

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Protesters march down Broadway in NYC #mayday http://t.co/nBt93bCK

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Cops now threatening to arrest people. Most of Occupy has headed out to join another march which will come back to OGP. Photo submitted by Occupy Oakland activist Matt Smaldone.

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Cops now threatening to arrest people. Most of Occupy has headed out to join another march which will come back to OGP. Photo submitted by Occupy Oakland activist Matt Smaldone.

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Occupy Oakland organizer Boots Riley tweeted that a woman was hospitalized for a head injury allegedly inflicted by the police:

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@ BootsRiley :

Cops split a girl's head open earlier. She's in the hospital now. #OccupyOakland #OWS

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Occupy Oakland organizer Boots Riley tweeted that a woman was hospitalized for a head injury allegedly inflicted by the police:

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Photo via yfrog/jopauca

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Photo via yfrog/jopauca

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Occupy LA takes 6th and Main with thousands -- and tents. Photo sent in by Occupy LA activist Joan Donovan.

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Occupy LA takes 6th and Main with thousands -- and tents. Photo sent in by Occupy LA activist Joan Donovan.

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Occupy Denver's Brett Starr is livestreaming the various marches/rallies/events from Denver's May Day:


Video streaming by Ustream

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Occupy Denver's Brett Starr is livestreaming the various marches/rallies/events from Denver's May Day:


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Click here for photos from today's protests.

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Click here for photos from today's protests.

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Photo by NYCLU

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Via yfrog/jopauca

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Via yfrog/jopauca

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From HuffPost's Brandon Wetherbee:

WASHINGTON -- The Occupy movement in the nation's capital, like other similar groups around the nation, celebrated May Day on Tuesday, part of a long-standing tradition of protest for workers' rights.

Around 75 of the movement's followers and supporters, in addition to television cameras and representatives of the media, gathered in Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park on Tuesday afternoon for an event billed as a carnival.

Read the full story here.

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From HuffPost's Brandon Wetherbee:

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The entrance to LAX has been shut down, according to a Twitter report from KTLA reporter David Begnaud at around 2 p.m. The shutdown was in response to a worker walkout and protest organized by SEIU union United Service Workers West, a union that represents airport service workers.

#BREAKINGNEWS The entrance to LAX has been shut down. #MayDay2012

— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) May 1, 2012

The protest is winding down now as most demonstrators are boarding buses to head back to union headquarters in Downtown LA. Martin Terrones, a rep for SEIU, said that about 12 people were arrested at the LAX action, and about 150 more people are headed back to the airport to continue protesting.

The LAPD confirmed to The Huffington Post that about 10 people were arrested at LAX for unlawful assembly and refusing to disperse. No word yet on when the LAX entrance will open.

-HuffPost's Anna Almendrala

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Occupy Denver group just before first march of the day:

Via HuffPost's Matt Ferner

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Occupy Denver group just before first march of the day:

Via HuffPost's Matt Ferner

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Meanwhile at #MayDay in Toronto. A fabulous banner with an important message on this! Everyone is equal! #M1GS #GGi twitter.com/TPB_Stun/statu…

— stun (@TPB_Stun) May 1, 2012

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Occupy Denver has a giant, green Statue of Liberty puppet they are marching with:

Photo via HuffPost's Matt Ferner

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Occupy Denver has a giant, green Statue of Liberty puppet they are marching with:

Photo via HuffPost's Matt Ferner

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Bird's eye view of Union Square:

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Bird's eye view of Union Square:

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Via twitpic/JoshuaHol

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Via twitpic/JoshuaHol

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You can see the image here via the Wall Street Journal.

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You can see the image here via the Wall Street Journal.

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\"OccupyBaltimore\"

@ OccupyBaltimore :

Sign at wells Fargo \"Superblock tax breaks rob the black community\" jl #bmoremayday

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Occupy L.A. meets Skid Row. Photo sent in by Occupy L.A. activist Joan Donovan:

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Occupy L.A. meets Skid Row. Photo sent in by Occupy L.A. activist Joan Donovan:

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\"OccupyNashville\"

@ OccupyNashville :

Ready to march to City Hall? Join us @ the public square for a HUGE Labor Rally @ 5PM! #OccupyNashville #OWS #M1 #nashville #tnleg

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Melissa Jeltsen (@quasimado)

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data-datetime=\"2012-05-01T20:55:11+00:00\">May 1, 2012

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Photo sent in by Occupy Oakland activist Matt Smaldone:

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Photo sent in by Occupy Oakland activist Matt Smaldone:

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Occupy L.A. converges at 6th and Main in downtown L.A. Photo sent in by Occupy activist Joan Donovan:

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Occupy L.A. converges at 6th and Main in downtown L.A. Photo sent in by Occupy activist Joan Donovan:

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\"DenverABC\"

@ DenverABC :

One arrest, baby hit by bike cop after #occupydenver \"Marshalls\" attack participant for dancing in street. #solidaritywhatsthat

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An Occupy Miami livestreamer said he was punched in the face during a scuffle with police officers in Downtown Miami. The May Day protest reportedly turned violent when officers attempted to arrest two protestors as others tried to pull them back into the group, which was is in the midst of a 7-hour demonstration.

\"We began to question [the first arrest] and 3-4 minutes later another person was taken,\" the livestreamer said on camera. \"Occupy members tried to pull that person [back]...I was one one of several who was hit, and a second person was beaten and punched completely unnecessarily...He was a little fat, and he hit me. I got right-hooked.\"

Hoards of police vehicles could be seen converging in the Downtown area, while roughly 150 protestors re-assembled along Biscayne Boulevard.

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An Occupy Miami livestreamer said he was punched in the face during a scuffle with police officers in Downtown Miami. The May Day protest reportedly turned violent when officers attempted to arrest two protestors as others tried to pull them bac...Read More"},{"id":"122","created":"05/01/2012 4:42 PM EDT","title":"Occupy Oakland Activist Interviewed About Police Attack","tweet_link":"122_occupy-oakland-activist-interviewed-about-police-attack","entry_text":"

Tear gas incident happened earlier at 14th and Broadway. Video sent in by Occupy activist Matt Smaldone.

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Tear gas incident happened earlier at 14th and Broadway. Video sent in by Occupy activist Matt Smaldone.

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Tear gas incident happened earlier at 14th and Broadway. Video sent in by Occupy activist Matt Smaldone.

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Tear gas incident happened earlier at 14th and Broadway. Video sent in by Occupy activist Matt Smaldone.

"},{"id":"120","created":"05/01/2012 4:38 PM EDT","title":"May Day Protesters Target Bank Of America In Chicago, Say More To Come For NATO Summit","tweet_link":"120_may-day-protesters-target-bank-of-america-in-chicago-say-more-to-come-for-nato-summit","entry_text":"

Late Tuesday morning, about 150 protesters rallied outside of a Bank of America branch in the heart of Chicago's Loop, blocking the branch entrance in just one of a series of actions expected as part of May Day demonstrations in the city.

The protesters temporarily shut down the entrance of the bank, located at the intersection of State and Adams, until Chicago police arrived to block the entrance themselves, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The protesters then headed to another branch located at Dearborn and Washington, according to the Sun-Times. At one point, protesters reportedly blocked traffic near the entrance to the I-90/94 expressway on Randolph. No arrests have been reported as of early Tuesday afternoon.

The Chicago Tribune reports that protesters then proceeded west from the bank demonstrations to Union Park, where a noon rally took place, at Ashland and Lake on the Near West Side.

\"Get a job, you jerks!\" one man yelled at the protesters as they crossed the street, according to the Tribune.

The rally was expected to attract an array of protesters, including anti-war activist and retired University of Illinois professor William \"Bill\" Ayers. From Union Park, a march will head east toward a Federal Plaza rally later Tuesday.

Read the whole story here.

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Late Tuesday morning, about 150 protesters rallied outside of a Bank of America branch in the heart of Chicago's Loop, blocking the branch entrance in just one of a series of actions expected as part of May Day demonstrations in the city.

The pro...Read More"},{"id":"119","created":"05/01/2012 4:37 PM EDT","title":"Occupy Atlanta Continues Its Occupation Of Vine City Home","tweet_link":"119_occupy-atlanta-continues-its-occupation-of-vine-city-home","entry_text":"

Photo sent in by Occupy activist Tim Franzen:

http://i.huffpost.com/gen/590283/original.jpg

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Photo sent in by Occupy activist Tim Franzen:

http://i.huffpost.com/gen/590283/original.jpg

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Thousands gathered for the

concert in Union Square.

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Ryan Devereaux (@RDevro)

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data-datetime=\"2012-05-01T20:21:15+00:00\">May 1, 2012

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\"redemmas\"

@ redemmas :

#MayDay Rally at McKeldin Square at 5:30 - see you there!

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ redemmas :\r\n#MayDay Rally at McKeldin Square at 5:30 - see you there!\r\n"},{"id":"116","created":"05/01/2012 4:22 PM EDT","title":"The Crowd Scene In NYC","tweet_link":"116_the-crowd-scene-in-nyc","entry_text":"

This isn't even a quarter of the crowd #m1nyc #mayday #ows twitter.com/jamiekilstein/…

— Jamie Kilstein (@jamiekilstein) May 1, 2012

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This isn't even a quarter of the crowd #m1nyc #mayday #ows Read More"},{"id":"115","created":"05/01/2012 4:19 PM EDT","title":"Store Windows Smashed In Seattle","tweet_link":"115_store-windows-smashed-in-seattle","entry_text":"

You can watch the video here.

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You can watch the video here.

"},{"id":"113","created":"05/01/2012 4:15 PM EDT","title":"Photo: The Scene At Occupy Austin's May Day Picnic ","tweet_link":"113_photo-the-scene-at-occupy-austins-may-day-picnic-","entry_text":"

A beautiful picnic on May Day. Relaxing together on our worker's day off :) @OccupyAustin @getequal_tx twitter.com/manda_austin/s…

— Amanda Austin (@manda_austin) May 1, 2012

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A beautiful picnic on May Day. Relaxing together on our worker's day off :) @OccupyAustin @getequal_tx Read More"},{"id":"112","created":"05/01/2012 3:58 PM EDT","title":"NYC Starbucks Locks Its Doors","tweet_link":"112_nyc-starbucks-locks-its-doors","entry_text":"

\"LuddoftheFuture\"

@ LuddoftheFuture :

lol Starbucks across from Union Square locked its doors because of #M1GS. #winning

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ LuddoftheFuture :\r\nlol Starbucks across from Union Square locked its doors because of #M1GS. #winning\r\nRead More"},{"id":"111","created":"05/01/2012 3:53 PM EDT","title":"Anti-Circumcision Activists Join Protest","tweet_link":"111_anticircumcision-activists-join-protest","entry_text":"

\"HuffPostSF\"

@ HuffPostSF :

Anti-circumcision activists ride in May Day Bike Cavalry #mayday #m1gs #baym1gs http://t.co/3tGiYA1b

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ HuffPostSF :\r\nAnti-circumcision activists ride in May Day Bike Cavalry #mayday #m1gs #baym1gs ...Read More"},{"id":"110","created":"05/01/2012 3:44 PM EDT","title":"Occupy Closes Down Market Street, SF","tweet_link":"110_occupy-closes-down-market-street-sf","entry_text":"

\"HuffPostSF\"

@ HuffPostSF :

#occupy closes down Market St #m1gs #baym1gs http://t.co/mVpwyfe4

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\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ HuffPostSF :\r\n#occupy closes down Market St #m1gs #baym1gs http://t.co/mVpwyfe4\r\nRead More"},{"id":"109","created":"05/01/2012 3:43 PM EDT","title":"Photo: Police Vs. Occupy Oakland ","tweet_link":"109_photo-police-vs-occupy-oakland-","entry_text":"

Police continue retreat #OO #m1gs #1 twitter.com/oaklandlocal/s…

— Oakland Local (@oaklandlocal) May 1, 2012

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Police continue retreat #OO #m1gs #1 Read More"},{"id":"108","created":"05/01/2012 3:41 PM EDT","title":"","tweet_link":"108_","entry_text":"

Lakewood, Ohio Patch profiles two of the five pro-Occupy people accused of conspiring to blow up a bridge:

Brandon L. Baxter, 20, and Anthony Hayne, 35, — who were arrested along with Douglas L. Wright, 26 — have been known to live in Lakewood.

In all, FBI has arrested five people who are accused of conspiring to use explosives on a bridge in Brecksville in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

On Friday, Baxter celebrated his 20th birthday at the Root Café on Detroit Avenue. He was quiet. He ordered cookies.

Julie Hutchison, the co-owner of the Root, said she knew Baxter from the Occupy Cleveland protests last summer.

She remembers him as a “punk-rock kid,” who “kept to himself.” She said he originally was from Lakewood, but had been living on the streets more recently.

Hutchison said Baxter — and the others she knew who participated in the protests last summer — do not represent the Occupy Cleveland movement.

“I knew him to be a part of the Occupy Cleveland movement, but (he) in no way represents Occupy Cleveland,” Hutchison said. “I think it’s bad for any kind of movement to take action like this that could be catastrophic.\"

Read the whole thing here.

","short_text":"

Lakewood, Ohio Patch profiles two of the five pro-Occupy people accused of conspiring to blow up a bridge:

...Read More"},{"id":"107","created":"05/01/2012 3:34 PM EDT","title":"MoJo Reporter: Flash Grenade Just Went Off In Oakland","tweet_link":"107_mojo-reporter-flash-grenade-just-went-off-in-oakland","entry_text":"

\"Occupy_DC\"

@ Occupy_DC :

In #Oakland right now. RT @JoshHarkinson Flashbang grenade just went off. Pandemonim.

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ Occupy_DC :\r\nIn #Oakland right now. RT @JoshHarkinson Flashbang grenade just wen...Read More"},{"id":"106","created":"05/01/2012 3:30 PM EDT","title":"Big Turnout","tweet_link":"106_big-turnout","entry_text":"

Big turnout at union square #ows #m1nyc #mayday twitpic.com/9g4g4s

— allisonkilkenny (@allisonkilkenny) May 1, 2012

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Big turnout at union square #ows #m1nyc #mayday Read More"},{"id":"105","created":"05/01/2012 3:26 PM EDT","title":"Tear Gas At Occupy Oakland","tweet_link":"105_tear-gas-at-occupy-oakland","entry_text":"

\"JoshHarkinson\"

@ JoshHarkinson :

Fuck I just got teargassed

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ JoshHarkinson :\r\nFuck I just got teargassed\r\n"},{"id":"104","created":"05/01/2012 3:23 PM EDT","title":"Report: Tear Gas In Oakland","tweet_link":"104_report-tear-gas-in-oakland","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Robin Wilkey reports flash bang grenades and tear gas in Oakland.

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HuffPost's Robin Wilkey reports flash bang grenades and tear gas in Oakland.

"},{"id":"102","created":"05/01/2012 3:06 PM EDT","title":"Empire State Building","tweet_link":"102_empire-state-building","entry_text":"

Biggest protest I've seen today. Hundredssss #OWS on sidewalk at Empire State Bldg #NBC4NY #M1GS yfrog.com/kjyy0ylnj

— katherine creag (@katcreag4NY) May 1, 2012

","short_text":"

Biggest protest I've seen today. Hundredssss #OWS on sidewalk at Empire State Bldg #NBC4NY Read More"},{"id":"101","created":"05/01/2012 3:05 PM EDT","title":"OWS Has Taken Over Union Square In NYC","tweet_link":"101_ows-has-taken-over-union-square-in-nyc","entry_text":"

Massive crowd reaches 17th Street on Broadway. More updates: dlvr.it/1Vx4VV twitter.com/ANIMALNewYork/…

— ANIMALNewYork (@ANIMALNewYork) May 1, 2012

","short_text":"

Massive crowd reaches 17th Street on Broadway. More updates: dlvr.it/1Vx4VV Read More"},{"id":"100","created":"05/01/2012 3:04 PM EDT","title":"And In L.A. ","tweet_link":"100_and-in-la-","entry_text":"

A few updates:

Pied Piper Fail

Marching by Panorama High School in Van Nuys, Calif., a group of Occupy protesters with bullhorns and drums failed to convince students to walk out of class and join the cause.

Jessica Simpson's Baby Steal The Show

In Downtown LA, this morning, the only people gathered at the rally site were news vans. One producer from \"Inside Edition,\" who refused to identify himself, made the decision to leave. \"We're pulling out. Jessica Simpson is having her baby.\" One LAPD officer mused about the protesters, \"maybe they're sleeping in.\"

American Apparel Is Marching For May Day

CEO Dov Charney announced that he was closing down the Downtown LA factory at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday to lead employees, friends and family down to the May Day March at the center of the city. The factory employs 5,000 people daily. A long-time immigrants rights advocate, Charney said, \"It's easier to feed upon nationalist fears rather than embrace these people.\"

","short_text":"

A few updates:

Pied Piper Fail

Marching by Panorama High School in Van Nuys, Calif., a group of Occupy protesters with bullhorns and drums Read More"},{"id":"99","created":"05/01/2012 2:59 PM EDT","title":"Mother Jones Talks To Scott Olsen At Rally","tweet_link":"99_mother-jones-talks-to-scott-olsen-at-rally","entry_text":"

MoJo reports on Scott Olsen, an Iraq War veteran who was critically injured by local police during an Occupy march in October 2010.

It was two and a half weeks before Olsen could speak at all, and about a month \"before I was comfortable speaking,\" he told me. \"It took a while.\" Olsen, who is in his mid-twenties, is now out of formal therapy and has been focusing on activities involving Iraq Veterans Against The War. In the meantime, he has filed a claim against the City of Oakland, which is \"already playing games,\" he says. \"The police department is blatantly at fault.\" He is optimistic, he adds, because \"I have the support of the people.\"

So, is he okay? \"I'm not alright,\" he replies. \"I'm good enough to do stuff like this.

To read the full piece go here.

","short_text":"

MoJo reports on Scott Olsen, an Iraq War veteran who was critically injured by local police during an Occupy march in October 2010. ...Read More"},{"id":"98","created":"05/01/2012 2:56 PM EDT","title":"Another Photo: #Guitarmy Street Taking","tweet_link":"98_another-photo-guitarmy-street-taking","entry_text":"

Occupying 5th Avenue #ows @OccupyBaltimore #solidarity twitter.com/EhseRecords/st…

— Ehse Records (@EhseRecords) May 1, 2012

You can still faintly hear \"This Land Is Your Land\" being sung in the front of the march.

","short_text":"

Occupying 5th Avenue #ows @OccupyBaltimore #solidarity Read More"},{"id":"97","created":"05/01/2012 2:55 PM EDT","title":"Photo: #Guitarmy Street Taking","tweet_link":"97_photo-guitarmy-street-taking","entry_text":"

\""Who's

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"},{"id":"96","created":"05/01/2012 2:53 PM EDT","title":"News Corp. Receives Letters With White Powder","tweet_link":"96_news-corp-receives-letters-with-white-powder","entry_text":"

As the Associated Press reports:

Threatening letters containing a white powder that appeared to be corn starch were sent to some institutions, apparently meant to frighten mailroom employees.

Three letters were received Tuesday, two at News Corp. headquarters and addressed to the Wall Street Journal and Fox News, and one to Citigroup. Seven letters were received Monday at various banks and one to Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The message in Tuesday's letters said \"Happy May Day.\"

\"This is a reminder that you are not in control. Just in case you needed some incentive to stop working,\" the letters read, according to authorities.

Read more here.

","short_text":"

As the Associated Press reports:

Threatening letters containing a white powder that appe...Read More"},{"id":"95","created":"05/01/2012 2:49 PM EDT","title":"Taking The Streets","tweet_link":"95_taking-the-streets","entry_text":"

Marchers flood into the streets and take over Fifth avenue in NYC. They are chanting \"Whose streets? Our streets!\" From the Timcast UStream:

","short_text":"

Marchers flood into the streets and take over Fifth avenue in NYC. They are chanting \"Whose streets? Our streets!\" From the Timcast UStream:


\n

"},{"id":"94","created":"05/01/2012 2:48 PM EDT","title":"#Guitarmy March Takes Over Fifth Avenue","tweet_link":"94_guitarmy-march-takes-over-fifth-avenue","entry_text":"

OWS marchers have taken Fifth Avenue. #m1gs twitter.com/ANIMALNewYork/…

— ANIMALNewYork (@ANIMALNewYork) May 1, 2012

","short_text":"

OWS marchers have taken Fifth Avenue. #m1gs twitter.com/ANIMA...Read More"},{"id":"93","created":"05/01/2012 2:47 PM EDT","title":"Occupy SF Denies Involvement In Mission District Riots","tweet_link":"93_occupy-sf-denies-involvement-in-mission-district-riots","entry_text":"

The Huffington Post's Robin Wilkey reports:

\"This was not Occupy,\" said Magick, a spokesperson for Occupy SF to HuffPost. \"For the past few months we've been working hard to build support for peaceful, creative May Day events, and then this happens in one of our very dearest neighborhoods: the Mission. We don't know who did this and it's heartbreaking that this group would undermine our efforts.\"

Magick said that members of Occupy SF spent Tuesday morning sweeping up glass and talking with affected business owners. \"These are the very people we are trying to protect,\" she said.

Full story here.

","short_text":"

The Huffington Post's Robin Wilkey reports:

\"This was not Occupy,\" said Magick, a spokesperson for Occupy SF to HuffPost. \"For the past few months we've been working hard to build support for peaceful, creative May Day events, and then t...Read More"},{"id":"92","created":"05/01/2012 2:47 PM EDT","title":"Watch: Occupy Oakland Stages Morning Dance Party","tweet_link":"92_watch-occupy-oakland-stages-morning-dance-party","entry_text":"

At 14th and Broadway, activists start dancing. Video sent in by Matt Smaldone.

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At 14th and Broadway, activists start dancing. Video sent in by Matt Smaldone.

"},{"id":"91","created":"05/01/2012 2:32 PM EDT","title":"On The March","tweet_link":"91_on-the-march","entry_text":"

Marchers have reached 36th St and 5th Avenue. More May Day updates here: dlvr.it/1Vx4VV twitter.com/ANIMALNewYork/…

— ANIMALNewYork (@ANIMALNewYork) May 1, 2012

","short_text":"

Marchers have reached 36th St and 5th Avenue. More May Day updates here: dlvr.it/1Vx4VV Read More"},{"id":"90","created":"05/01/2012 2:30 PM EDT","title":"Arrests near Washington Square Park ","tweet_link":"90_arrests-near-washington-square-park-","entry_text":"

pic of wash sq pk arrest #occupywallstreet #ows on Twitpic bit.ly/JAkNTb

— NYCLU (@nyclu) May 1, 2012

","short_text":"

pic of wash sq pk arrest #occupywallstreet #ows on Twitpic Read More"},{"id":"89","created":"05/01/2012 2:29 PM EDT","title":"Running In NYC","tweet_link":"89_running-in-nyc","entry_text":"

Running from cops #m1nyc #mayday #ows twitter.com/jamiekilstein/…

— Jamie Kilstein (@jamiekilstein) May 1, 2012

","short_text":"

Running from cops #m1nyc #mayday #ows Read More"},{"id":"88","created":"05/01/2012 2:27 PM EDT","title":"Occupy Miami May Day March","tweet_link":"88_occupy-miami-may-day-march","entry_text":"

Occupy Miami's May Day protest has taken to the streets, with 50-100 demonstrators marching alongside busy Biscayne Boulevard. The 7-hour protest, which began at noon, is just blocks from a Trayvon Martin rally and a protest by employees of Miami-Dade's public hospital system who are demanding an end to layoffs. Police, who are present on foot, on bikes, and in patrol cars, have not interfered. View the livestream below:


Free desktop streaming application by Ustream

","short_text":"

Occupy Miami's May Day protest has taken to the streets, with 50-100 demonstrators marching alongside busy Biscayne Boulevard. The 7-hour protest...Read More"},{"id":"87","created":"05/01/2012 2:27 PM EDT","title":"Seven Arrests Reported In NYC","tweet_link":"87_seven-arrests-reported-in-nyc","entry_text":"

\"espiers\"

@ espiers :

National Lawyers Guild has confirmed 7 arrests so far on this mild and wet #MayDay. @NYOPolitics has a midday report. http://t.co/VJJgeCVY

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ espiers :\r\nNational Lawyers Guild has confirmed 7 arrests so far on this mild and wet #MayDay. Read More"},{"id":"86","created":"05/01/2012 2:18 PM EDT","title":"L.A. Airport Workers Set To Strike ","tweet_link":"86_la-airport-workers-set-to-strike-","entry_text":"

Via press release:

os Angeles, CA | On Tuesday, May 1st, LA Labor unions, community groups and religious leaders will join LAX workers for a one day general strike to call attention to unfair labor practices by airport contractors and the airlines that hire them, interfering with their right to organize. Airport workers are set to begin their strike at 3AM and continue throughout the day. They will be joined by Maria Elena Durazo at 6:30AM for a joint press conference. At 12PM, an estimated 1,200 USWW janitors and other labor unions will gather to march through several key terminals towards Century Blvd. & Avion Drive, where 18 workers, community members and religious leaders have volunteered to hold a civil disobedience action.

To avoid future disruptions to LAX operations, airport workers have proposed to aid LAX authorities in the policing of irresponsible contractors, including whistleblower protections for workers; stricter penalties for contractors responsible for causing accidents; and giving airport authorities the flexibility to intervene in labor disputes that threaten airport operations.

To make even bigger profits, airlines have increasingly outsourced key services – including cabin cleaning, baggage handling, wheel chair assistance and ramp and cargo work – to low-road, irresponsible contractors who compete for bids by driving down job quality, passenger service and security standards. This race to the bottom has undermined LAX’s Living Wage Ordinance as many airport workers struggle to support their families on low wages, lack affordable health care, face high rates of accidents and injuries on the job and are treated as a disposable workforce.

WHO: LAX airport workers, LA Labor Unions, community members and religious leaders.

WHAT: Workers STRIKE against unfair labor practices at LAX,

WHEN: Tuesday, May 1st, 2012; 3AM – workers go on strike at various terminals; 6:30AM, Maria Elena Durazo joins LAX workers for Press Conference; 12PM – labor march through LAX, civil disobedience expected; 2PM – 12AM, continued round-the-clock protesting outside key terminals.

WHERE: Press Conference (6:30AM): LAX's Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT). Strike Pickets (3AM - 8PM): TBIT, Terminal 6, 4, 3, 2; March with USWW members; TBIT through Terminals 6, 4, 3, 2; Civil Disobedience action (1:30PM): Culver Blvd. & Avion Drive.

","short_text":"

Via press release:

os Angeles, CA | On Tuesday, May 1st, LA Labor unions, community groups and religious leaders will join LAX workers for a one day general strike to call attention to unfair labor practices by airport contractors and...Read More"},{"id":"85","created":"05/01/2012 2:15 PM EDT","title":"Morello To Start March With Guthrie","tweet_link":"85_morello-to-start-march-with-guthrie","entry_text":"

Morello will lead marchers with \"This Land Is Your Land.\" It will be the first song of the Guitarmy March. Live Stream Reporter Tim Pool says the march \"looks huge.\"

","short_text":"

Morello will lead marchers with \"This Land Is Your Land.\" It will be the first song of the Guitarmy March. Live Stream Reporter Tim Pool says the march \"looks huge.\"

"},{"id":"84","created":"05/01/2012 2:12 PM EDT","title":"Former Presidential Candidate Buddy Roemer Weighs In","tweet_link":"84_former-presidential-candidate-buddy-roemer-weighs-in","entry_text":"

Ain't that the sad truth. twitter.com/BuddyRoemer/st…

— Gov. Buddy Roemer (@BuddyRoemer) May 1, 2012

","short_text":"

Ain't that the sad truth. twitter.com/BuddyRoemer/st…

— Gov. Buddy Roemer (@BuddyRoemer) Read More"},{"id":"83","created":"05/01/2012 2:10 PM EDT","title":"Guitarmy March Set To Head Out From Bryant Park","tweet_link":"83_guitarmy-march-set-to-head-out-from-bryant-park","entry_text":"

Tom Morello is here. Marchers have guitars. They have practiced their songs. Activist mic check to be respectful of pedestrians. They are told that if they get lost to meet up at 3 p.m. at 14th Street and Union Square West where Morello will perform.

","short_text":"

Tom Morello is here. Marchers have guitars. They have practiced their songs. Activist mic check to be respectful of pedestrians. They are told that if they get lost to meet up at 3 p.m. at 14th Street and Union Square West where Morello will perform.Read More"}]

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