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]
“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.”