After serving her country as a major in the U.S. Army for 22 years, Marilyn Mullens is now leading a group of her fellow Appalachian women to the West Virginia state capitol on Memorial Day to protest the growing humanitarian crisis of mountaintop removal mining.
The city of Chicago and the federal government will be putting on a security extravaganza later this month in part to protect NATO delegates, representing the most powerful military force on the planet, from nonviolent protesters who want to see an end to war.
Police have stepped up their efforts to contain and disperse street protests, including through mass arrests, while the protesters themselves have taken to drifting around the city in order to evade their pursuers.
Let this also be a wake-up call to administrators around the country. Let this be a wake-up call to students around the country who value their education and freedom on their campuses to mobilize and lay claim to all which they are entitled to.
May Day 2012 didn't have a concrete agenda, but it opened a forum for voices that are typically silenced and ignored. And while racist hostility pervades the mainstream political arena, Occupy may be one of the only spaces left for immigrants to speak up without fear.