Saturday, April 21st, 2012. New York City – MAY DAY or 1 de Mayo is also known as International Workers’ Day. It’s the annual commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket Massacre in Chicago, when Chicago police fired on workers during a General Strike for the eight-hour workday. This year, thousands of people will participate in many different events in cities around the world.
Imagine you live in a place where you can be arrested for the crime of being young and Puertorican.
Imagine you live in a place where Asian immigrants can be arrested for conspiracy simply for trying to organize against corrupt bosses.
Imagine you live in a place where you are being spy for your religion.
Imagine you are homeless, roughed up, your belongings destroyed and apprehended for begging on the subway or sleeping on a park bench.
Imagine you are going to a church and you are stopped and frisked.
Imagine you are a LGBTQ person, called derogatory names, inappropriately touched or harassed as you enter a local community center.
Imagine you are an undocumented worker and you are being exploited by your employers.
Imagine you live in a place where you can be gunned down for the crime of being black.
Imagine you are gay, you are in a park after sunset and you are stopped and given a ticket.
Imagine you live in a place where you can be beaten, pepper sprayed, tasered, or arrested for the crime of dissent.
Imagine you are Trans, you are arrested and you are handcuffed to a metal handrail and remain there for the next 8 hours.
Imagine you are visiting friends and you are given a summon for “trespassing”.
Imagine you are a freelance journalist and you are harass and arrested for taking pictures or filming.
Imagine you are a student and you are harass and arrested at your school.
Imagine you are a sex worker, arrested for simply carrying condoms or forced to have sex in return for your release.
Imagine you are a street vendor, hassled, fined and arrested for violating arbitrarily enforced minor rules.
Imagine you are a journalist with a media pass and you are harass and arrested for doing your job.
Imagine you are a Black or Latino man stopped and frisked for no reason.
You live in that place: New York City. What are you gonna do about it? Take Action on MAY DAY – 1 de Mayo. [/caption]Gallery is empty!
“OWS May Day Press Conference with Coalition. On April 4th, 2012 Occupy Wall Street announced that it would stand in solidarity with unions and immigrants on May Day.”